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Harold Bride — Titanic Wireless Operator

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Harold Sydney Bride, Titanic’s heroic junior wireless telegraph operator, was born on 11 January 1890

Harold Bride Titanic Wireless Operator

Harold Sydney Bride

By steadfastly remaining at their keys, Bride and chief wireless operator Jack Phillips undoubtedly saved many lives on the morning of 15 April 1912. Phillips perished in the disaster. Bride managed to swim off Titanic during the liner’s final moments and made his way to the upturned Collapsible “B” lifeboat.

Despite his ordeal, Bride was able to assist Harold Cottam, Carpathia’s wireless operator, in transmitting survivor lists and other messages from the rescue ship to shore stations. Bride became so caught up in his work that he didn’t realize they had arrived in New York until a Marconi representative came onboard and released him from his duties. The representative, Guglielmo Marconi, congratulated and thanked Bride for his heroic work. Shortly thereafter, Bride had to be carried off the Cunard liner due to injuries to his feet (one was badly crushed, the other frostbitten).

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