Sunday, April 15, 2012

Business History and the Titanic/White Star Line

On the 100th anniversary of the Titanic's sinking, a few links to sites offering information from a business history perspective:
Turnip Rail discusses the relationship between the ship and the London and South Western Railway
History of the White Star Line
White Star Line and Cunard
White Star Line Timetables
Echoes blog on the Titanic and the modern radio industry 
Pirrie and Ismay Partnership
Harland and Wolff and the Titanic (current company website here)
Passenger Lists for Titanic Sailing; some examples from First Class:
  John Jacob Astor
Recovered body listing for Astor:
NO. 124. - MALE. - ESTIMATED AGE, 50. - HAIR AND MUSTACHE, LIGHT.
CLOTHING - Blue serge suit; blue handkerchief with "A. V."; belt with gold buckle; brown boots with red rubber soles; brown flannel shirt; "J. J. A." on back of collar.
EFFECTS - Gold watch; cuff links; gold with diamond; diamond ring with three stones; £225 in English notes; $2440 in notes; £5 in gold; 7s. in silver; 5 ten franc pieces; gold pencil; pocketbook.
FIRST CLASS.
  Benjamin Guggenheim
  Charles Melville Hays
  Isidor Straus
  John B. Thayer
  George Widener

  The Encyclopedia Titanica has a wealth of information, including contemporary newspaper accounts and biographical information on those passengers about whom records could be found. The National Archives (UK) has a large on-line Titanic exhibit with many historical documents and records; a smaller but equally interesting site has been produced by the National Museums of Northern Ireland.