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The Hindenburg - A German Airship


In Michael M. Mooney's book "The Hindenburg", on page 172-173, there is mention of Titanic...

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In the galley Alfred Groetzinger spilled the soup for dinner on his foot, scalded himself, and Dr. Ruediger was summoned to treat his second patient.

Philip Mangone still stayed to his cabin, shivering beneath extra blankets and complaining of his cold.

The steward reported that Newfoundland was in sight. Cameras and binoculars appeared, and all the passengers crowded to the promenade and dining saloon windows.

Gerturd Adelt was delighted when she spotted white dots which grew into icebergs. Captain Pruss ordered the ship to fly low and steer toward them. Gertrud remembered that twenty-five years ago the Titanic had sunk at night nearby. She was fascinated by the patterns of the pack ice.

For the Hindenburg, the sun came out for the first time. Margaret Mather saw the icebergs "with pools of vivid green in their depths and their forms spreading green under the pale water. Rainbows spread from everywhere," and she watched one grow around an iceberg "until it completed a perfect circle beneath the ship."

They saw the foothills and the limitless forests of the hinterlands, then Cape Race lighthouse, then the coast receded off into the distance as the ship headed southwest, and once again they floated without the sun in the grey fog over the invisible sea.

But with the landfall made, the boredom that had begun to infect every passenger began to lift. Everyone looked forward to dinner.



I also have a recording of Herb Morrison's following recording for WLS, Chicago, that someone at Paramount Studios gave me, too...

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...had been going smoothly: "Here it comes, ladies and gentlemen, and what a sight it is, a thrilling one, a marvelous [sign in to see URL] sun is striking the windows of the observation deck on the westward side and sparkling like glittering jewels on the background of black [sign in to see URL], oh, oh....!"

"It's burst into [sign in to see URL] out of the way, please, oh my, this is terrible, oh my, get out of the way, please! It is burning, bursting into flames and is [sign in to see URL]! This is one of the [sign in to see URL]! It's a terrible [sign in to see URL]!....and all the humanity!..." ~ The Hindenburg, page 206



I confess, that I didn't exactly remember all Mr. Morrison's words, b/c I have his recording elsewhere with my other cassette recordings and big name artists. Which why I copied his above words out of Mr. Mooney's book.

MA



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I've always found the Hindenburg disaster very [sign in to see URL] since I saw the movie in the 1970s, I have wondered about [sign in to see URL] it was really sabotage or something setting off the highly flammable hydrogen gas used to give her her lift.

There is another parallel with Titanic: after the disaster, helium was intorduced as a much safter alternative to [sign in to see URL] this sound like some of the belated safety precautions intorduced by SOLAS?

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Dear Lights,

I guess that only God knows the answer to that [sign in to see URL] which it will forever remain to be an unsolved answer to us mortals.

I too, was thinking that very same thing, regarding it being a parallel disaster story that sets right there a long Titanic's. Especially after the Hindenburg floated right over the site where our ship sank (then...) 25-years ago.

Which leads me to ask you [sign in to see URL] you, in your lifetime, ever see this dirigible floating over where you lived in England?

MA

P.S. I used to have a large Hindenburg model, that's almost as long as my still yet incompleted 1:350th scale Titanic model. I believe that I may have took it up to an antique store in Grants Pass, Oregon, to be sold. Now I wish that I hadn't done it.emoticon

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There was a special on the disaster not that long ago on TV - History's Mysteries I believe - where the best conclusion they could come to is static electricity and leaking gas. Nothing else would have caused just that sort of explosion.

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Hi TTf

Is that the one they proved it could not of been caused by a naked flame as well.

Graham

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They made the point. yea.

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Ahh I know the one now then.

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Speaking of The Hindenburg, I thought that you folks would like to see a size comparison to this once great dirigible between her, Titanic and an 747 passenger plane.

As you can see--the size of said 747 pales in comparison to the above two ships...

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]LZ-129, Hindenburg


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