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Jesuitís Titanic photos resurface
CatholicHerald.com ^ | 4-11-12 | SARAH MACDONALD Catholic News Service

Posted on 04/15/2012 11:01:03 AM PDT by Salvation

Jesuit’s Titanic photos resurface
 
A telegram saved his life, but his photos were the inspiration for James Cameron’s movie.
By SARAH MACDONALD Catholic News Service
Courtesy Father Browne S.J. Collection | CNS
This is one of a collection of photographs of the Titanic taken by the late Irish Jesuit Father Frank Browne. "Father Browne's Titanic Album" has been reprinted to mark the centenary of the demise of the massive liner. Father Browne became a prominent documentary photographer and a much-decorated chaplain in the British army in World War I.
 
DUBLIN — Commemorations of the sinking of the Titanic 100 years ago will put the spotlight on a young Irish priest whose photographs are some of the only surviving images of life onboard the liner on its first and last voyage.

Jesuit Father Frank Browne, 1880-1960, became a prominent documentary photographer and a much-decorated chaplain in the British army in World War I.

 
A collection of his photographs, "Father Browne's Titanic Album" has been reprinted to mark the centenary of the demise of the massive liner, which was constructed in Belfast, Ireland, and was believed to be unsinkable.

More than 1,500 people died when it sank April 15, 1912.

The new edition of the book is edited by Jesuit Father Edward O'Donnell, and the foreword is written by Robert Ballard, who first located the ship's wreckage in September 1985, the same month as a chance finding of 42,000 of Father Browne's photographs in the basement of the Jesuits' headquarters in Dublin.

Frank Browne lived an eventful life. As a novice he met Pope Pius X in 1909 when he accompanied his uncle, Bishop Robert Browne of Cloyne, to a private audience at the Vatican. He was also a university classmate of Irish writer James Joyce, who featured the young seminarian as "Mr. Browne the Jesuit" in his masterpiece "Finnegans Wake."

In 1912, the Jesuit novice was still three years from ordination. Because of a gift from his uncle, he was able to experience the Titanic's luxurious accommodation in the initial stages of its maiden voyage, from Southampton, England, to Cherbourg, France, and on to Queenstown, Ireland.

While onboard, the self-taught photographer managed to obtain pictures of the first-class accommodation and dining rooms. He also captured the gymnasium, the library and passengers enjoying a stroll on the promenade, as well as many passengers in third class, recording some of those who would later perish in the freezing waters of the Atlantic. He took the last image of the Titanic's captain, Edward Smith.

Father Browne's images of the ship's accommodation and passengers have been pored over by maritime historians, engineers and filmmakers seeking answers to a tragedy that still grips the public's imagination. Hollywood film director James Cameron used his photographs to re-create sets for his blockbuster movie.

The Jesuit's image of 6-year-old Robert Douglas Spedden playing with his spinning top on the promenade, watched by his father Frederic, is one of the most famous of the collection. Cameron re-created the image in the film.

The young Jesuit photographed the Titanic leaving port for the last time as it left Queenstown, in County Cork, for New York. He could have been onboard: An American couple he befriended on the ship offered to fund the final leg of the journey to New York.

From the Titanic, he sent a telegram to his provincial in Dublin to request permission. However, a frosty telegram awaited him in Queenstown: "Get off that ship."

When news of the Titanic's disastrous fate reached Father Browne, he folded the telegram and put it into his wallet and kept it there for the rest of his life. He later said it was the only time holy obedience had saved a life.



TOPICS: Catholic; History; Prayer; Theology
KEYWORDS: catholic; photography; photos; titanic
Other thumbnail pictures at the site

http://catholicherald.com/stories/Jesuits-Titanic-photos-resurface; 18684

1 posted on 04/15/2012 11:01:16 AM PDT by Salvation
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To: Salvation

http://catholicherald.com/stories/Jesuits-Titanic-photos-resurface;


2 posted on 04/15/2012 11:03:06 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: nickcarraway; NYer; ELS; Pyro7480; livius; ArrogantBustard; Catholicguy; RobbyS; marshmallow; ...
Titanic history ping!
My computer froze up and I accidentally lost some of my ping list.  Recovered some of it. 
If you aren't getting the Catholic Pings from me -- please FReepmail me.

3 posted on 04/15/2012 11:09:28 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: All
Jesuit’s Titanic photos resurface
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4 posted on 04/15/2012 11:11:01 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

Salvation! Totally interesting! I never knew.


5 posted on 04/15/2012 11:28:28 AM PDT by johngrace (I am a 1 John 4! Christian- declared at every Sunday Mass , Divine Mercy and Rosary prayers!)
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To: Salvation
Correct link:

Jesuit’s Titanic photos resurface

6 posted on 04/15/2012 11:29:00 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: Salvation

Here, friend.

http://catholicherald.com/stories/Jesuits-Titanic-photos-resurface,18684?content_source=&category_id=&search_filter=titanic&event_mode=&event_ts_from=&list_type=&order_by=&order_sort=&content_class=&sub_type=stories&town_id=


7 posted on 04/15/2012 11:29:26 AM PDT by sayuncledave (et Verbum caro factum est (And the Word was made flesh))
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To: Salvation

http://www.irishcentral.com/news/Irish-graphic-novel-illustrates-Father-Frank-Brownes-Titanic-experience-—PHOTOS-147488975.html


8 posted on 04/15/2012 11:32:49 AM PDT by johngrace (I am a 1 John 4! Christian- declared at every Sunday Mass , Divine Mercy and Rosary prayers!)
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Father Browne's Titanic Album. Centenary Edition
9 posted on 04/15/2012 11:32:59 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: Salvation

Great story


10 posted on 04/15/2012 11:39:47 AM PDT by RnMomof7
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To: Salvation

That is a very large font.


11 posted on 04/15/2012 11:50:48 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (This place is nuts.)
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To: Salvation
http://catholicherald.com/stories/Jesuits-Titanic-photos-resurface,18684?content_source=&category_id=&search_filter=titanic&event_mode=&event_ts_from=&list_type=&order_by=&order_sort=&content_class=&sub_type=stories&town_id=
12 posted on 04/15/2012 12:21:11 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (For every black person murdered by a white, thirty-nine white people are murdered by blacks.)
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To: Salvation

http://www.irishcentral.com/news/Did-anti-Catholic-sentiment-of-Titanic-workforce-help-doom-the-unsinkable-ship-147293105.html


13 posted on 04/15/2012 12:30:05 PM PDT by johngrace (I am a 1 John 4! Christian- declared at every Sunday Mass , Divine Mercy and Rosary prayers!)
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To: Salvation

Did Father Browne go back to solving mysteries?


14 posted on 04/15/2012 12:36:14 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Jeff Chandler

You’re right! I want to get people’s attention. Obviously it worked with you.


15 posted on 04/15/2012 12:39:17 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

Interesting tag line. You just happen to have left off the first portion of that passage, thereby changing the meaning of the verse. This is a common hermeneutical error, so don’t feel alone.

The entire passage is set out with Jesus telling the disciples that it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. The disciples have exclaimed in an astonished manner, “Then who can be saved?” Jesus explains, “And looking upon them Jesus said to them, ‘With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’”

I bring this to your attention because your tag line’s brevity implies that if a person tries something enlisting the help of God, anything is possible. That is precisely the opposite of its meaning. Even some of your “official interpreters” would know this. The meaning of the passage is that IN SPITE of a man’s best efforts to save himself, even by attempting to follow God, the possibility of success is zero. And, the disciples recognize that this puts everyone at risk.

Jesus explains that is exactly the problem. Men believe they can save themselves by sincere effort or devout attitudes, but that is IMPOSSIBLE. However, if God determines to do it, the rescue is simple. Now, if that is what you meant, good job. If not, then I would suggest a new tag line.


16 posted on 04/15/2012 1:48:10 PM PDT by Dutchboy88
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To: Dutchboy88
How are you coming along with your penance in expiation for all of your sins?
17 posted on 04/15/2012 1:55:10 PM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: Salvation

Imagine if you could actually see the photos? Boy, that’d be something.


18 posted on 04/15/2012 2:04:09 PM PDT by TalBlack ( Evil doesn't have a day job.)
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To: Salvation

A-Okay here.


19 posted on 04/15/2012 2:13:42 PM PDT by Condor51 (Yo Hoffa, so you want to 'take out conservatives'. Well okay Jr - I'm your Huckleberry)
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To: A.A. Cunningham

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20 posted on 04/15/2012 2:15:23 PM PDT by Dutchboy88
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To: TalBlack

Lol. Thought the same thing.


21 posted on 04/15/2012 2:18:05 PM PDT by commonguymd (Freedom is a myth anymore it seems)
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To: Salvation; netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; ...
The Jesuit's image of 6-year-old Robert Douglas Spedden playing with his spinning top on the promenade, watched by his father Frederic, is one of the most famous of the collection.

The staff on Fox and Friends covered this story yesterday. Thanks for posting!

22 posted on 04/15/2012 2:28:04 PM PDT by NYer (He who hides in his heart the remembrance of wrongs is like a man who feeds a snake on his chest. St)
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Cameron also owed Browne for his photo of the ship’s Marconi Room, which he had taken when he was sending his clerical superior the Marconigram request to travel to New York. The photo was the only picture to be taken of the room – and in any Titanic films since, the Marconi room had been based it on Browne’s partially exposed photograph. Browne also took the last known photograph of Captain Edward Smith.


Life jacket inspection


Captain Edward John Smith
A Queenstown vendor sells Irish lace on board as Captain EJ Smith walks by.


Steerage getting settled on deck
Passengers get settled on the steerage deck, which is usually the lowest decks on a ship.

23 posted on 04/15/2012 2:36:44 PM PDT by NYer (He who hides in his heart the remembrance of wrongs is like a man who feeds a snake on his chest. St)
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To: TalBlack
Imagine if you could actually see the photos? Boy, that’d be something.

That's what I always say.

24 posted on 04/15/2012 2:40:47 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (I think in about 5 - no, 4 - years I'll have had enough.)
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To: Salvation
The Second Sunday of Easter celebrates the many mercies our Divine Lord has shown to us and the whole world. This Sunday also is engraved in memory as the one-hundredth anniversary of the Titanic tragedy. In 1907, Captain Edward J. Smith, then captain of the Adriatic, and felicitously unaware that five years later he would command the largest moving object in the world, told a newspaper reporter:
“When anyone asks me how I can best describe my experience in nearly forty years at sea, I merely say, uneventful. Of course there have been winter gales, and storms and fog and the like. But in all my experience, I have never been in any accident of any sort worth speaking about. I have seen but one vessel in distress in all my years at sea. I never saw a wreck and never have been wrecked nor was I ever in any predicament that threatened to end in disaster of any sort.”

Fr. Rutler's Column.

25 posted on 04/15/2012 2:43:43 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (I think in about 5 - no, 4 - years I'll have had enough.)
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To: Dutchboy88
Men believe they can save themselves by sincere effort or devout attitudes, but that is IMPOSSIBLE.

Worse than that, actually. It's impossible, and also ludicrous.

26 posted on 04/15/2012 2:44:47 PM PDT by Campion ("Social justice" begins in the womb)
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To: Dutchboy88; Salvation
A commonly accepted practice to delineate partial verses (which are, by the way, purely man-made constructions for convenience) is to use lower case "a", "b", "c", etc, depending on the complexity of the verse.

In this case the more accurate designation would be "19:26b"

27 posted on 04/15/2012 3:50:35 PM PDT by lightman (Adjutorium nostrum (+) in nomine Domini--nevertheless, Vote Santorum!)
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To: NYer
The Jesuit's image of 6-year-old Robert Douglas Spedden playing with his spinning top on the promenade, watched by his father Frederic, is one of the most famous of the collection.

Indeed it is.

James Cameron, in his movie 'Titanic', worked this photo into the action. This scene is recreated when (the fictional) Jack Dawson sneaks into First Class to see the (equally fictional) Rose. You'll see him clamber over the railing in the background, and swipe the coat that you see draped over the deck chair behind the stanchion.

As a Titanic buff of 40 years or so, I sat bolt upright at that point- I recognized it instantly. :-)

28 posted on 04/15/2012 4:05:10 PM PDT by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: Salvation

I was on your ping list, am I still?


29 posted on 04/15/2012 4:30:31 PM PDT by little jeremiah (We will have to go through hell to get out of hell. Signed, a fanatic)
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To: little jeremiah

No, you were one I lost. Thanks for the note.


30 posted on 04/15/2012 4:39:05 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: NYer

Thanks for posting the pictures. They add a lot to the thread.


31 posted on 04/15/2012 4:42:42 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Riley
"As a Titanic buff of 40 years or so, I sat bolt upright at that point- I recognized it instantly. :-)"

Same here!

32 posted on 04/15/2012 4:47:06 PM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: NYer

That does not look like Capt. Smith. He also is not wearing the insignia he should be as Capt.


33 posted on 04/15/2012 9:25:47 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: Riley

is there a particular edition or version of the publication of these photos you find better than the other?


34 posted on 04/15/2012 9:37:18 PM PDT by WoofDog123
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To: WoofDog123

None in particular. I had a copy of ‘Father Browne’s Titanic Album’, which I think I lost in a move. I have E.E. O’Donnells ‘Last Days of the Titanic’ here, (coffee table bargain book) that has some of them in it. I’m convinced though that I haven’t seen them all. I wouldn’t mind having something authoritative.

This thread prompted me to go off looking for them in particular, I ran across this:

http://titanicphotographs.com/

http://fatherbrowne.com/

They seem to have quite a collection. My copies of Fr. Browne’s Titanic photographs are scattered through my books on the subject at this point.


35 posted on 04/16/2012 2:02:01 AM PDT by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: lightman
"In this case the more accurate designation would be "19:26b""

Designating the quote with a more precise reference from the man-made enumeration might clarify its location, but the impression would remain the meaning is: Try something with God and you will succeed.

36 posted on 04/16/2012 8:28:37 AM PDT by Dutchboy88
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To: Salvation

Please keep me on the list.


37 posted on 04/16/2012 2:02:20 PM PDT by Rich21IE
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To: Riley

When watching Titanic in 3D, I too remembered seeing a photo of a boy with a top in one of the Titanic books. Kudos to James Cameron for bringing us that moment. Now I have to investigate if that little boy survived.


38 posted on 04/21/2012 7:23:18 PM PDT by Ciexyz
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To: Ciexyz

I did a search. Six year old Master Robert Douglas Spedden survived the Titanic, along with both of his parents. Unfortunately he died three years later, at age nine, due to being struck by a car.


39 posted on 04/21/2012 7:59:53 PM PDT by Ciexyz
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