To the Editor of the Hampshire Chronicle... SIR,-The appalling catastrophe of the loss of "The Titanic" with such a huge loss of life has stirred the hearts of the people of our own and of all nations. It cannot yet be estimated how many families

  • Mutiny at White Star

    LOCAL interest in the awful Titanic disaster is for the moment transferred to the sister of that ill-fated ship, the Olympic. That great liner, which reached Southampton only on Saturday night last, was due to leave for New York on Wednesday at noon

  • Survivor's account of Titanic's sinking to be put on sale

    A MOVING account of the Titanic's final moments written by a survivor whose close friend died in the tragedy is to be auctioned. Divorced journalist, author and women's rights activist Helen Churchill Candee penned the 36-page memoir after she was

  • Titanic tender to make a return

    A TENDER used to ferry passengers out to the Titanic is set to return to British waters after years spent rotting away in a French port. The SS Nomadic is the last remaining vessel in the White Star fleet, whose ocean liners used to steam in and out

  • Let's bring Olympic tourists to Titanic commemorations

    BUSINESS leaders in Southampton are being urged to get behind the city's commemorations of the tragic sinking of the Titanic which are due to take place in 2012. City leisure bosses say that thousands of visitors who are due to visit London in 2012

  • City on course to mark Titanic centenary year

    HERITAGE bosses in Southampton say plans to commemorate the sinking of Titanic in 2012 are still on course. City chiefs still expect to unveil the finalised proposals for the ambitious commemorations in the autumn - in spite of a two-month delay in

  • 'No' to Angel of South Titanic memorial

    LEISURE chiefs in Southampton have all but ruled out a scheme to create a giant Angel of the North-style statue to commemorate the victims of the Titanic tragedy. Instead, civic leaders will be looking at a smaller-scale memorial to remember the sinking

  • Key events leading up to Titanic's centenary in April, 2012

    2005 Oct: Establish partnerships with Belfast, New York, Cherbourg, Halifax and Cork Nov: Establish council funding plan for the Titanic 2012 events Dec: Establish steering group to oversee events 2006 Jan-Dec: Research a Titanic memorial cruise

  • Are we right to remember?

    IT REMAINS one of the defining events of the 20th century. The tragic sinking of Titanic in 1912 has been the subject of countless books and newspaper articles. The story has been made into a multi-million-dollar blockbusting movie which launched the

  • Setting sail on Titanic talks

    LEISURE bosses in Southampton were due to hold a top-level meeting today with civic leaders from Nova Scotia, where hundreds of victims of the Titanic tragedy are buried. The discussions will centre on how the Canadian province and Southampton can

  • Record price for Titanic telegram

    A TELEGRAM that helped save the lives of hundreds of passengers aboard the ill-fated Titanic has been sold for a record £20,000. Guglielmo Marconi, considered to be the father of wireless radio, sent the message to Carpathia asking about the rescue

  • Daily Echo paper-seller who was first to see the iceberg

    QUIET family man Frederick Fleet, who was familiar sight as he sold the Daily Echo in Southamp-ton, died 40 years ago today. Many people who brought their newspaper from him before catching their bus in Pound Tree Road on their way home from work knew

  • Titanic love story goes under the hammer

    PRECIOUS mementoes from a love affair on board ill-fated Titanic, mirrored in the blockbuster Hollywood movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, have fetched £34,000 at auction. An anonymous UK buyer outbid an American collector in a frantic

  • Rare Titanic artefacts to be auctioned

    AN historic timepiece, which stopped ticking when ill-fated Southampton liner Titanic sank 93 years ago today, is to be auctioned. The 18-carat gold pocket watch, pictured, is among the rare artefacts connected to the ship to be sold by Bonhams and

  • Titanic voyager

    IT was 93 years ago that the ship of dreams left Southampton. Her passengers, filled with excitement, lined the rails as the captain, the proud master of the latest symbol of Britain's maritime might, took the vessel out to sea. The liner was at the

  • Naming gives bus a Titanic link

    A DOUBLE DECKER bus has been named after Titanic survivor Millvina Dean. The 93-year-old, of Woodlands, near Ashurst, unveiled the Uni- link bus during the annual Titanic Convention at the Hilton Hotel, Chilworth. The youngest person to survive

  • Rare Titanic film sells for £15,000

    A FILM of the ill-fated liner Titanic taken more than 90 years ago fetched £15,000 at auction in Southampton - after being discovered in an attic. The film, containing images of the ship as she made her way from a Belfast shipyard to Southampton, was

  • No buyer for star lot in Titanic auction

    The star lot in a collection of rare artefacts from the Titanic failed to sell in auction yesterday. A solid silver centrepiece, which would have adorned a table in the fated liner's exclusive a la carte restaurant, was removed by second purser Reginald

  • Huge expansion for Southampton docks

    HUNDREDS of new jobs are set to be created with a massive new venture at Southampton container port that will see it almost double in capacity by 2010. Costing hundreds of millions of pounds, the plans, which are to be unveiled officially later today

  • 300 hospital jobs and two wards to go

    A HAMPSHIRE hospital is to axe more than 300 jobs and close two wards to solve a financial crisis, health bosses said today. Managers were this afternoon breaking the news to staff at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester. Winchester and

  • Lottery will help a child

    IT'S A grand lottery that can make a difference to a child's life as well as your own. The Children's Trust is launching a new weekly lottery with the winner scooping the top prize of £1,000. Players do not even have to remember to check their own tickets

  • We taught the yobs to show us respect

    WHEN landlords Sandy and Chris Shakespeare took over a Southamp-ton pub five years ago, people were afraid to walk the streets at night. Regulars at The Dolphin pub in St Denys continually complained to the couple that the area was overrun with drug

  • Sam sets up a TV tonic for best pal

    HE can only dream of taking part in normal childhood activities such as riding a bike or swimming. Ten-year-old Mathew Stride, who suffers from the incurable condition scoliosis, has to wear a body brace 24 hours a day to prevent his spine from curving

  • CREW project boosts pride in the Polygon

    A CRACKDOWN on antisocial behaviour is under way in a Southampton neighbourhood throughout this week. Southampton City Council and Hampshire Police, along with a number of other health and voluntary organisations, have joined forces for the city's 17th

  • Parting gift from Howard

    A RETIRING police inspector had bowed out of the service after almost 30 years and helped a charity close to his heart at the same time. After pounding the streets of Southampton as a constable in Bitterne before rising to the rank of inspector in Shirley

  • Warne: We only need one winter signing - an Aussie

    Shane Warne believes that Hampshire only need to make one signing before the next county season - an overseas player. Warne has already spoken to Simon Katich, Michael Clake and Shane Watson with a view to one of the trio returning to the Rose Bowl

  • New car makes life a breeze for George

    SAINTS manager George Burley has picked up his latest singing - a free car from Southampton dealers Breeze Volkswagen. The Volkswagen Passat 2.0 Tdi comes as part of Breeze's deal to be the official motor retailer partner of Saints. The agreement also

  • Friday feeling looks good for city market

    TRADERS at Southampton Bargate's new Friday market are celebrating after a visitor survey revealed that 35,700 people attended the street market in one day. City centre manager Ian Rothwell, who was responsible for starting the weekly event in May, said

  • Dock Movements

    Today's principal Southampton arrivals: Thomson Celebration, passenger, 0400, 101; Kyoto Express, container, 0545, 206; Oriana, passenger, 0700, 106; Maersk Diadema, container, 0730, 204; Frontier Ace, roro, 0730, 43; Ocean Majesty, passenger, 0830,

  • Plan to improve dental provision

    THE task of finding an NHS dentist for hundreds of New Forest residents could be made easier. Health bosses have said they will put together a plan to ensure Ringwood residents get the same access to a dentist as the rest of the New Forest and Hampshire

  • Steve rewarded for work with the homeless

    A HAMPSHIRE telecommunications consultant has been recognised for his tireless voluntary work with the homeless by being presented with a national award. Steve Dent, who works as a full-time BT technical consultant, also dedicates 20 hours a month to

  • All about Andre

    HUNDREDS of fans flocked to Above Bar, Southampton, yesterday to catch a glimpse of Peter Andre - one half of Britain's hottest celebrity couple. The pop star and husband of glamour model Katie Price - aka Jordan - was in town to sign copies of his autobiography

  • Saints unveil new 'fan friendly' structure

    SAINTS last night unveiled a new fan-friendly' structure designed to put a supporters' representative on the club's board within months. Commercial manager Andy Oldknow and ticket office manager David Luker addressed fans groups in the St Mary's boardroom

  • Claus backs ref recruitment event

    CLAUS Lundekvam admits his profession's top names must do their bit to arrest the alarming shortage of grass-roots referees. Hampshire is by no means the only county FA which regularly struggles to appoint qualified officials to all their games every

  • Bart continues his comeback

    BARTOSZ Bialkowski took another step towards returning to George Burley's first team squad as Saints reserves won 3-0 at QPR yesterday afternoon. The 19-year-old Polish shot-stopper, top right, kept his second clean sheet in as many reserve outings

  • Claus targets Leicester comeback

    CLAUS Lundekvam will declare himself available to join Saints' early-season promotion push by the time the Championship resumes after the international break. The Saints skipper is ready to resume full-time training later this week and has targeted

  • Alert over serial sex pest

    WOMEN and young girls across the New Forest are being urged to be vigilant after five reports of a man exposing himself in recent weeks. In the latest incident, at about 9.30am on Monday, a man was seen performing an indecent act as he drove a car, thought

  • Applemore college's sixth form to close

    EDUCATION chiefs have agreed to allow the closure of the sixth form at Applemore College in Dibden Purlieu. Governors proposed ceasing education for over-16s from September 2008. But Hampshire's School Organisation Committee (SOC), an independent body

  • Rush-hour gridlock after lorry sheds load on M271

    A lorry accident caused traffic mayhem yesterday on one of Southampton's busiest routes. Metal rods and wooden planks were among some of the debris, shown above, that fell off the Leyland DAF heavy tractor articulated lorry that had been transporting

  • Taxpayers in for double whammy

    COUNCIL tax bills across Hampshire could rise by as much as 4.9 per cent - twice the rate of inflation - from next April. It would mean the average county household paying an average of £44 extra for services such as roads, education, social services

  • Je m’appelle Djamel Belmadi. Je suis un footballeur

    The Saints star brought his mother tongue to life when he joined pupils in celebrating European Languages Day. Algerian born Belmadi took part in a question and answer session in French with 11-year-olds at Orchard Junior School in Dibden Purlieu. More