Denver’s Demise

Denver’s Demise


Just three years after the Titanic (1912) disaster, wireless once again proved its value as an essential maritime safety technology.

When Mallory Line’s Denver (1901) sank in the North Atlantic some 1,300 miles off Cape Race on 24 March 1915, no fewer than a dozen vessels responded to the liner’s distress call. As a result, all 100 passengers and crew members were saved.

Had the incident occurred just a few years earlier, it’s likely that Denver, and her passengers and crew, would have simply disappeared without a trace.

Thanks to wireless, Denver’s demise is largely forgotten. Without wireless, the incident would probably be remembered today as “The Mysterious Denver Disaster.”

Brooklyn Times Union, 1915 March 24.

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