Posts Tagged ‘titanic 100th anniversary’

We’ve just received our second printing!

September 26, 2012

Janet White and Mary Ann Whitley are happy to announce that they’ve done a second printing of Ohio Tales of the Titanic. Our first printing of 400 books was almost sold out so we have printed 200 more.

In the rush to get our book out by April for the 100th anniversary of the Titanic, naturally there were things we didn’t notice until later. And we were given new or corrected information by readers in some cases after the book came out.  We’ve  included all these changes in the second printing. (Who knows, there may be more if the book goes into a third printing!)

The list of changes can be seen in the page “Corrections made for second printing” on the right side of the blog page.

Thanks to all for their interest in and support of our book.

Beautiful Titanic tiles from an Ohio studio

September 4, 2012

           Pictured above, Fog Gray color variation

The Artists’ Open Studio in Norwalk, Ohio, produced these Titanic Reflections  tiles (with a design inspired by the floor tiles used in some second-class and third-class areas of the Titanic) to commemorate the 100th anniversary.  The fleur de lis design on these unique small tiles is created from recycled bottle glass, which is fired onto glazed stoneware tile.  The resulting product sparkles, as the glass picks up the light. They can be used as coasters or trivets or as decorative items.  Besides the color combination shown above, which is called Fog Gray, they also come in two other combinations  called Antique Olive and Nutmeg Olive. Here are photos of the other two colors:

Above, Antique Olive; below, Nutmeg Olive

Artists’ Open Studio was created for adults with disabilities from Huron County. Artists work independently but with support and encouragement from the group. They come from many walks of life and with varied skills.

Price and shipping: the tiles are $9.00 each. Or you can order 4 tiles for $32.00 (for a discounted price of $8.00 each).  Up to 12 tiles can be shipped in a flat-rate box via the U.S. Postal Service for $11.35. To order the Titanic tiles, email or .

For more information about the studio and tiles, you may also contact:

Lynda Stoneham

Artists’ Open Studio, Inc.

306 South Norwalk Road West

Norwalk, OH 44857

Phone: 419-668-8840, Ext. 141

Lynda’s email:

Titanic International Society Centennial Convention

April 27, 2012

Janet and I (Mary Ann on the left, Janet on the right) took part in the Authors’ Corner display and book signing at Titanic International Society’s Centennial Convention in Secaucus, N.J., on April 27, 2012. Thanks to all for their interest in our book! The convention continued April 28 and 29.

100th anniversary of Titanic

April 25, 2012

On April 14/15 this year, the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, I did something I’ve rarely had the chance to do – spend the day viewing Titanic-related sites and attending two Titanic-related cultural events.

Friends Denise and John had suggested driving around Cleveland to see a few spots I’d never had the time to go to see and photograph. So they planned the itinerary and we set off at about 10 a.m. Saturday, April 14.

First stop was the Shaker Heights home of Titanic survivor Caroline Bonnell, who later married Paul Jones, a federal judge, and moved to Cleveland from Youngstown. This was their home. (It was raining so I just took it through the car window.) I had just recently interviewed Caroline’s daughter, Mary Jones Chilcote, for the series of Titanic stories that ran in The Plain Dealer in Cleveland on April 8, as well as online. (Caroline’s story and a video clip of Mary talking about her mother’s experience appeared on only.) Here’s the link to the page:

Caroline Bonnell Jones’ home in Shaker Heights

We also stopped at the church that Caroline and her husband and family attended, Church of the Covenant on Euclid Avenue in Cleveland. Caroline’s funeral service was also held here.

Church of the Covenant, Cleveland

Burton Monument, Lake View Cemetery, Cleveland

Theodore Burton grave, Lake View Cemetery

Another stop was Lake View Cemetery, where many famous Cleveland people are buried. Among them is Sen. Theodore E. Burton, who was a member of the Senate subcommittee that conducted the American inquiry into the Titanic disaster. His monument and gravestone are across the road from the more famous Garfield Monument.

Our Cleveland tour culminated with placing a wreath at the Ohio Titanic Memorial behind the Great Lakes Science Center. Denise and John had ordered and picked up the wreath. As we placed the wreath and paused to take a few pictures it started to rain so we didn’t linger too long.

You can see more photos of flowers placed at the memorial in previous years here:

Mary Ann at Ohio Titanic Memorial, Cleveland

By then it was lunchtime so we headed west to The Harp Irish restaurant and appropriately toasted the day with a bit of Bushmills Irish Whiskey and Bass ale (Bass was on board Titanic and I feel sure Bushmills was as well).

At Denise and John’s place after lunch we looked over some new Titanic books and then headed south to meet other friends Christina and Roman & Suzanne to attend a performance of the Titanic musical at the Akron Civic Theatre.

We went to the Akron-Summit County Public Library first as there was a display about the Akron-bound passengers. However, when we got there we were told the display had been moved to the theater to coincide with the musical’s performance. Since we then had some free time before the musical started, and the cemeteries where some of the Akron-bound passengers were buried weren’t too far away, we stopped there. I had never seen them in person.

Elizabeth Hocking grave

Ellen Wilkes grave

Joan Wells’ gravestone

I’d seen the Broadway touring company of the musical in Cleveland in 2000 and a few years later put on by a local theater group in Canton. So it had been quite a few years and to see the play again on the 100th anniversary of the Titanic was definitely an unusual experience. This performance was a bit different in that the Akron Symphony Orchestra was onstage, not in the pit, and the sets and props were minimal as the actors moved around the orchestra. Still, the wonderful songs carried the show. The music is soaring and sweeping with an epic quality. If there’s any music that can match the score of James Cameron’s film, this is it. The cast did a great job, and I noted in the program that the actor who played Thomas Andrews, Baldwin-Wallace College student James Penca, is a Titanic buff. He said it was a special experience to play the ship’s designer on the 100th anniversary. I hope James discovers our local group of Titanic buffs (Great Lakes Titanic Society; see the link on the Links page) and meets up with us sometime.

Akron Civic Theatre marquee for Titanic musical

The next day, Sunday, April 15, I went to see the 3-D version of James Cameron’s Titanic. It was amazing. The 3-D was seamless and not at all distracting as it has been with a couple of other 3-D films I’ve seen. It was like you were IN the film. The scenes of exploring the wreck were so lifelike it seemed like you were diving the wreck yourself – certainly as close as I’ll ever get to actually doing so!

All in all, a Titanic weekend to remember …  Mary Ann