Jack Binns in his Marconi cap

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…



Virginia, Binns' granddaughter was just interviewed by Scholastic's Storyworks! Will let you know when the story and the video with snippets of the interview become available.
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Cover of Jack Binns to the Rescue

Jack Binns to the Rescue!

Available on Amazon

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

Find it on Amazon at https://a.co/d/f2ceMov.

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