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Harold Thomas Cottam - Titanic Hero

Harold Thomas Cottam - Titanic Hero (Illustration) Biographies Tragedies and Triumphs

Harold Thomas Cottam, from Southwell (Nottinghamshire, England), was a 20-year-old wireless operator on board the Carpathia when Titanic's wireless operators were sending their distress calls.

Ready for bed, Cottam thought he'd check-in with Titanic one more time before leaving his office for the night.  He received a surprising response - a distress message - from Titanic.

A series of communications between Cottam and the Titanic followed thereafter:

Titanic 12.20am:   COME AT ONCE.  WE HAVE STRUCK A BERG.  IT'S A CQD, OLD MAN

Cottam 12.25am:   SHALL I TELL MY CAPTAIN?  DO YOU REQUIRE ASSISTANCE?

Titanic 12.26am:   YES, COME QUICK

Cottam 12.32am:   PUTTING ABOUT AND HEADING FOR YOU

Titanic 12.40am:   SOS TITANIC SINKING BY THE HEAD.  WE ARE ABOUT ALL DOWN

Although Titanic sank while the Carpathia was en route, Cottam's efforts helped to save around 700 people. Without his efforts, a rescue vessel would have arrived much later to the scene of the wreck.

This image depicts Harold Cottam aboard the Carpathia in 1912, at the beginning of his voyage.   He lived until May of 1984 and was 93 years old at the time of his death.

Cottam has always been considered a "hero" of the Titanic disaster.

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5183stories and lessons created

Original Release: Dec 23, 2014

Updated Last Revision: Jun 02, 2016


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Image online, courtesy "Our Nottinghamshire" website.

 

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