Harold Bride was the junior wireless operator aboard the Titanic on April 15, 1912. He was employed by the Marconi International Marine Communication Company. Harold Bride was off duty when senior operator Jack Phillips received a warning that icebergs were in the direct path of the Titanic. Phillips acknowledged the warning but did not relay the message immediately to the bridge. Minutes later the Titanic hit an iceberg. After inspecting the damage, Captain Smith gave the order to send out the distress call. The RMS Carpathia was the nearest ship, but it would not arrive before the Titanic sank. Bride said that Phillips continued at the wireless after the captain had released them, saying they had done their duty. Water was coming into the cabin when the last transmissions were made.
Harold Bride survived by jumping into the water and climbing aboard an overturned lifeboat. Only 40 people of the 1,503 who went into the water survived. The 666 other survivors lived because they stayed dry after boarding lifeboats. Along with other survivors, Bride was picked up by the Carpathia. When the ship arrived in New York, he had to be carried off because of injuries: one foot was badly sprained and the other was frostbitten.
This Harold Bride mug is part of our history mug series profiling the many unique individuals who shaped our world through their actions.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
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