January 23, 1909

It was around 5:40 in the morning. Jack Binns had just gone to bed after a long night at the wireless key of the Royal Mail Steamship "Republic" when he heard the foghorn grow more urgent and felt the ship slow down and reverse its engines. Then came a great crashing sound and half of his wireless cabin was ripped away. Had he still been sitting at his key, he would have been killed!
Thus began one of the greatest rescues at sea coordinated with the help of Marconi's new technology, wireless. More…



Cape Cod National Seashore Hosted Commemorative Events about the Titanic and Wireless Communication April 13-22nd, 2017
The PBS/American Experience video Rescue at Sea about Binns and the Florida/Republic collision at 2pm on April 21st 2017, was shown in the Salt Pond Visitor Center at the Cape Cod National Seashore.
For a complete list of these events, go to: Coming Events & Blasts from the Past

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Coming Spring 2019!

The story of the Florida/Republic rescue and more in Binns’ own words, illustrated and extensively annotated by his granddaughter, Virginia Utermohlen Lovelace, to give you a picture of the times, the technology, the terror, and the triumph.

Revised, updated, and available for sale spring 2019.