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Herein inscribed in this weblog journal are the up-to-this-very-instant comments and reviews, criticisms and commentary, and reflections of Doug Phillips. Whether you are interested in his latest travels, book recommendations, historical commentary, cultural insight, encouragement for the family, or random musings, Doug’s Blog is where you are most likely to hear about it first.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

PRESS RELEASE: As ‘Titanimania’ Heightens, Ship’s ‘Women and Children First’ Legacy Should Rule, Says Titanic Organizer

BRANSON, MO — April 11, 2012 — In a week dominated by Titanic film specials, tribute cruises, artifact auctions, music extravaganzas, and culinary recreations of Titanic’s last meal, the organizer of Titanic 100: An International Centennial Event — to be held on April 12-15 in Branson, Missouri — has declared that Titanic’s legacy of “women and children first” should be foremost in focus as the ship’s story is remembered.

“As Titanimania reaches its zenith, the world would do well to honor Titanic’s most important legacy — that in the midst of this great maritime tragedy, the Christian doctrine of ‘women and children first’ was firmly upheld,” noted Doug Phillips President of Vision Forum and Founder of the Christian Boy’s and Men’s Titanic Society.

Titanic is a testimony of God’s providence, and a reminder that even where the hubris of man may lead to judgment, there can be mercy when men respond by following the example of sacrifice patterned by Jesus Christ who died for His bride, the Church, and who reminded us that greater love hath no man than this — that a man lay down his life for his friends,” Phillips said.

“As the great ocean liner sank 100 years ago this week, men and boys on board Titanic willingly gave their lives so women and children might live. Captain E.J. Smith gave this directive, and with few exceptions, his order was carefully followed,” remarked Phillips.

“This example is in stark contrast to what occurred earlier this year when the captain of the Costa Concordia went AWOL and failed to act with manly propriety and self-sacrifice when his ship foundered — a sad sign of our times, as men today prefer to shirk responsibility rather than sacrifice for those weaker who are under their care.”

Sponsored by Vision Forum Ministries and the Christian Boy’s and Men’s Titanic Society, Titanic 100 will focus on the Christian doctrine of “women and children first” that was displayed in the midst of Titanic’s tragic sinking. The event will feature a wide range of exciting activities for the whole family, including a live play and musical performances at the Lawrence Welk Theatre, an Edwardian Ladies Tea hosted on the Chateau on the Lake, exclusive tours of the world’s largest Titanic attraction, a special film screening of A Night to Remember, a Gala Banquet and Celebration on board the Branson Belle, and the opportunity to engage with reenactors who will bring to life the passengers and crew who were on Titanic’s maiden voyage.

“This year, the Pentagon sanctioned sending women to the frontlines of combat — a policy that would have been unthinkable in 1912 when men knew that it was their duty to sacrifice for women and children,” remarked Phillips. “The men on board Titanic embraced a principle that guided Western Civilization for centuries: that the groom dies for the bride, and men must protect women and children. They were raised in a Christian culture which implicitly embraced these ideals.

“Modern feminism has wreaked havoc on this doctrine, leaving women defenseless when they should be defended,” Phillips observed. “In the name of ‘empowering women,’ feminism has led femininity to be undermined, cheapened, and trampled upon.

“The rule of ‘women and children first’ must be restored, or we will devolve into total barbarism.”

Doug Phillips founded the Christian Boy’s and Men’s Titanic Society in 1997, and each year the society hosts a gathering on the anniversary of Titanic’s sinking to commemorate the legacy of male chivalry demonstrated on board the ship when the great ocean liner foundered.

Titanic’s sinking marked the darkest and brightest night in maritime history,” Phillips commented. “Though more than 1,500 people died in this international tragedy, the Darwinian notion of the ‘survival of the fittest’ was rejected in favor of the age-old Christian doctrine that the ‘strong sacrifice for the weak.’

“No event in modern history has done more to remind the world of this important bedrock of Western culture, and we look forward to showcasing this legacy in Branson this week at the Titanic 100.”

To learn more about or to register for the Titanic 100, click here.

To interview Doug Phillips about the Titanic 100 Celebration, contact Wesley Strackbein by e-mail at wesley@visionforum.org or by phone at (210) 340-5250, ext. 222.

Monday, April 9, 2012

PRESS RELEASE: Cameron’s ‘Titanic’ Dishonors Sacrifice of Brave Men, Says Titanic Centennial Organizer

BRANSON, MO — April 9, 2012 — As James Cameron’s film Titanic headlines movie theaters worldwide in its new 3D incarnation, the organizer of Titanic 100: An International Centennial Event — to be held on April 12-15 in Branson, Missouri — aims to disprove Cameron’s class warfare portrayal of the ship’s demise, showcasing the legacy of heroism on Titanic, as men and boys on board the ship gave their lives so women and children might live.

“James Cameron’s box-office smash Titanic portrays a false image of Marxist class-warfare as Titanic foundered, with the rich seeking to bribe their way to freedom, the poor deliberately prevented from reaching safety, and the nobility of Christian sacrifice minimized and ridiculed,” noted Doug Phillips, President of Vision Forum and Founder of the Christian Boy’s and Men’s Titanic Society. “Such depictions are historical nonsense.”

“Titanic 100 is an international event designed to set the record straight by celebrating the true legacy of the men of Titanic who gave their lives for women and children.

“The fact of the matter is this: First class passengers such as Major Archibald Butt and fabulously wealthy magnates such as John Jacob Astor and Benjamin Guggenheim willingly gave their lives for third-class women and children,” Phillips remarked.

“Captain E.J. Smith’s order on Titanic was ‘women and children first’ — regardless of class station or social rank — and that order was scrupulously carried out by the ship’s officers as they loaded passengers into the ship’s handful of lifeboats.

“Author Lee Merideth gives these helpful summary: ‘If numbers prove anything, it’s that 71% of the survivors were passengers and 29% were crew, and that in raw numbers, almost as many Third Class (174) passengers survived as did a First Class (202) and crew (212). . . . Other than ‘Woman and Children first’, there wasn’t any attempt to save one class of passengers over another.’”

Sponsored by Vision Forum Ministries and the Christian Boy’s and Men’s Titanic Society, Titanic 100 will focus on the Christian doctrine of “women and children first” that was displayed in the midst of Titanic’s tragic sinking. The event will feature a wide range of exciting activities for the whole family, including a live play and musical performances at the Lawrence Welk Theatre, an Edwardian Ladies Tea hosted on the Chateau on the Lake, exclusive tours of the world’s largest Titanic attraction, a special film screening of A Night to Remember, a Gala Banquet and Celebration on board the Branson Belle, and the opportunity to engage with reenactors who will bring to life the passengers and crew who were on Titanic’s maiden voyage.

“While it’s a well-known fact that Cameron’s Titanic garnered 11 Oscars when it was first released, few are aware that it won a ringing endorsement at the time from Jiang Zemin, President of Communist China, who called on his fellow Marxists to study the film’s depiction of class warfare,” observed Phillips.

“Zemin referred to the ship’s crew as ‘craven capitalist lapdogs and stooges.’ The reason?” asked Phillips. “Cameron portrayed noble men such as First Officer William Murdoch as a confused and wavering shell of a man who took a bribe, shot a third-class passenger, and then committed suicide, when he in fact Murdoch gave his life to save passengers, helping them into boats, and then throwing deck chairs overboard so that drowning passengers would have something to keep them afloat.

“The outcry against Cameron’s portrayal of Murdoch eventually led 20th Century Fox to admit in a letter to Alisdair Morgan, the member of Parliament for Murdoch’s hometown, that there was no basis for the villainous portrayal of Murdoch.” Phillips explained. “Eventually Cameron himself donated $8,340 to a memorial fund set up in Murdoch’s honor.”

Doug Phillips founded the Christian Boy’s and Men’s Titanic Society in 1997, and each year the society hosts a gathering on the anniversary of Titanic’s sinking to commemorate the legacy of male chivalry demonstrated on board the ship when the great ocean liner foundered. The society stands for the proposition that the strong must sacrifice for the weak, that greater love has no man than he lay down his life for another, and that the doctrine of “women and children first” must be preserved.

Titanic’s sinking marked the darkest and brightest night in maritime history,” Phillips commented. “Though more than 1,500 people died in this international tragedy, the Darwinian notion of the ‘survival of the fittest’ was rejected in favor of the age-old Christian doctrine that the ‘strong sacrifice for the weak.’ No event in modern history has done more to remind the world of this important bedrock of Western culture, and we hope that many will join us at the Titanic 100 as we showcase this legacy.”

To learn more about or to register for the Titanic 100, click here.

To interview Doug Phillips about the Titanic 100 Celebration, contact Wesley Strackbein by e-mail at wesley@visionforum.org or by phone at (210) 340-5250, ext. 222.

Countdown to the Titanic Centennial: On-This-Day Titanic Report: Tuesday, April 9th, 1912

The last full day in Southampton Harbor, Tuesday was another incredibly busy day for those preparing RMS Titanic for her trans-Atlantic voyage. Murdoch and Lightoller, overseeing the placement of the food and provisions, continued to have an almost endless stream of stores to be placed away.

First thing in the morning the Board of Trade’s Captain Maurice Harvey Clarke had come to inspect the ship. 5th Officer Harold G. Lowe and 6th Officer James P. Moody assisted Clarke and Thomas Andrews as they scoured Titanic. They examined the the ship’s white signal rockets, tested the Morse Lamp in the wheelhouse and even went through the routine of lowering lifeboat no. 11. But everything met Clarke’s muster and the inspection was a success.

The same day Captain E.J. Smith would make a similar inspected accompanied by Chief Officer Henry Wilde and First Officer William Murdoch. It was also the last day for men to sign aboard Titanic as crew members. Another former Olympic man, ex-purser Hugh Walter McElroy of Liverpool (seen in the picture above standing beside EJ Smith), was transferred aboard as Titanic’s chief purser. He was the last of the ship’s crew to be personally transferred to Titanic by the White Star Line.

With the exception of Captain Smith, All the ship’s officers spent the night in their quarters aboard ship, kept regular watches and supervised the dock. In his very last letter to his wife Helen, written that evening, Thomas Andrews wrote that “The Titanic is now about complete and will, I think, do the old firm credit tomorrow when we sail.”

More than 75 Reenactors To Honor the Legacy of “Women and Children First This Week in Branson at the Titanic 100.

More than seventy-five men, women and children will gather in historical Edwardian costume representing the families aboard the R.M.S. Titanic. They will be portraying the characters and their stories to attendees of Vision Forum Ministries’ Titanic 100: An International Centennial Event, to be held this week in Branson, Mo. Learn more at www.visionforumministies.org

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Countdown to the Titanic Centennial: On-This-Day Titanic Report: Monday, April 8th, 1912

A rainy day, Monday the 8th found the dockyard men loading more coal and stores aboard Titanic. Since the two-month long coal strike had only ended on Saturday, men were still fighting for the chance to sign on to the Titanic as a crew member. But not just for places in the crew alone, dozens of people signed on to serve the passengers and fill dozens of different positions available aboard the new vessel.

As more stores and previsions arrived, Officers Murdoch and Lightoller would help to oversee and supervise the placing of everything. Quantity of food for the voyage was vast! But everything eventually found a place.

Thomas Andrews , the ships designer — a very decent chap, was aboard the ship and made his final inspections in the evening, before heading back to Harland and Wolff to complete his preparations for the voyage. During the last days before the voyage, Andrews, and his assistant Thomas Hamilton, continuously roamed and inspected every portion of the ship to ensure a happy voyage for the passengers.

Among the fresh supplies and stores loaded were:

75,000 lbs. Fresh Meat 11,000 lbs. Fresh Fish 4,000 lbs. Salted and Dried Fish 75,000 lbs. Ham and Bacon 25,000 lbs. Poultry and Game 2,500 lbs. Sausage 40,000 lbs. Fresh Eggs 2,200 lbs. Coffee 1,120 lbs. Jams and Marmalade 1,000 Sweetbreads 800 lbs. Tea 10,000 lbs. Rice, Dried Beans, etc. 10,000 lbs. Sugar 200 barrels Flour 10,000 lbs. Cereals 36,000 Oranges (180 boxes of) 16,000 Lemons (50 boxes of).

Also:

25 cases of Biscuits 1,750 quarts of Ice Cream 1,196 bags of Potatoes 6 cases of Confectionery 22 cases of Mushrooms 3 cases of Tea 10 cases of Mixed Vegetables 225 cases of Mustard 8,000 cigars .

And to drink:

20,000 bottles of Beer and Stout 1,500 bottles of Wine 15,000 bottles of Mineral Waters 850 bottles of Spirits.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Reason #127 to Come to the Titanic 100: You Can Stamp Your Feet With the Third Class

Reason #127 to Come to the Titanic 100: You Can Stamp Your Feet With the Third Class from Douglas Phillips on Vimeo.

Joshua Phillips rata tat tats a welcome tune for you to join him in Third Class for a taste of Old Ireland at the Titanic 100: An International Centennial Event. www.visionforumministries.org

Countdown to the Titanic Centennial: On-This-Day Titanic Report: Sunday, April 7th, 1912

Sunday the 7th was fairly quiet, by Titanic’s standard. She spent the day sitting quietly in the White Star dock, Berth No. 44. Most of the crew were gone, and there was not much dock activity. Most of people who had crowded the working scene the day before were now sitting peacefully in Church, hardly thinking that all their work would be for naught and at the bottom of the sea in just six short days!

Titanic’s coal bins were now full of coal taken from five other vessels and, for now at least, she had plenty of the much-needed fuel. It was a very calm day. In the evening the Blue Ensign was hoisted and the lookout climbed to the crows nest and tolled off the hours.

Friday, April 6, 2012

NY TIMES: 100 Years Later, the Titanic Resurfaces, Repeatedly

The New York Times has highlighted the cultural obsession with Titanic in an article published yesterday. Here’s an excerpt:


“100 Years Later, the Titanic Resurfaces, Repeatedly”
by MIKE HALE
April 4, 2012

A host of shows examine the Titanic disaster as its 100th anniversary approaches. Above, an overhead view of the prow of the submerged vessel on “Titanic at 100: Mystery Solved,” on History.

The attractions of the Titanic story, with its manifold ingredients — action, romance, tragedy, salvation, history, culture, huge metal machines — are obvious. The parade of TV commemorations between now and the April 15 anniversary of the ship’s sinking suggests new and less palatable story lines: ruthless competitiveness in the underwater photography and salvage business, and the race to sign up experts and family members.

To read the full story, click here.

Countdown to the Titanic Centennial: On-This-Day Titanic Report: Saturday, April 6th, 1912

Saturday was another holy day for the Roman Church, but preparation aboard the Titanic only picked up speed from the previous day. The majority of her cargo was brought aboard and workers began to put everything in the proper place. But there was a lot to move, thousands and thousands of individual pieces. Of course, Titanic had been fitted with the proper cranes and winches to deal with cargo in this amount. But it was still a hefty job moving everything in and around the hold. It is estimated that over 400 tons of coal were used just to generate energy during the loading in Southampton alone.

Simultaneously while Titanic was having her cargo loaded, the dockyard hands were furiously gathering coal from nearby vessels for her Atlantic cruise. It was an all day affair getting all the coal to the boiler rooms, but eventually they got it done. And everyone was just grateful that there was coal to load. Back on January 12th, a coal strike of mammoth proportion limiting the available fuel had begun and it had ended just this this morning!

As recruitment continued, more and more men signed on. Everyone was eager to get a position on such a magnificent vessel, the greatest ship of the day! Because of the recent lack of coal, the shipping industry had cut down, thus limiting not only passage aboard most vessels but also lessening the need for workers and crew. Jobs had become scarce. But the coal strike had ended and now many seamen who had struggled to make a living during the strike, jumped at the chance for any available ship. More than three hundred men joined aboard the Titanic on this day. Men from Southampton, but also men from Belfast, Liverpool, London, Queenstown, and Yarmouth.

However the Titanic had an additional advantage. Not only was she the most beautiful thing they had ever laid eyes on, she also sailed under the careful hand of the famous, and beloved, Captain E.J. Smith.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Doug and Faith Discuss Titanic Era Music

Doug and Faith Discuss Titanic Era Music from Douglas Phillips on Vimeo.

Countdown to the Titanic Centennial: On-This-Day, April 5th, 1912

Titanic, April 5th Southampton, England

Early on the morning of April 5th, 1912, dockyard workers in Southampton began to place hundreds of multicolored flags, banners, and pennants aboard the R.M.S. Titanic. The placing of these streamers was as much to honor the people of Southampton as it was to remember Good Friday and the Catholic holy week. Though many artists have remembered Titanic as being covered in bunting throughout their art, this would be the one short day of her life that Titanic would be dressed in this fashion. Because of Good Friday, few people roamed the dock and fewer still visited Titanic. It was also the first day of recruiting the men of Southampton for her crew, but not until Saturday would the majority sign on. As the day continued, cargo was loaded into the hold and the men in charge sighed at the relative inactivity. As evening came, the tokens of love placed on Titanic so early that morning were removed, and preparation for the next day began.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

How to Dress for the Titanic 100

How to Dress for the Titanic 100 from Vision Forum on Vimeo.

Spend just over two days singing, remembering, reenacting and celebrating a virtue that modern man has forgotten—the duty of men to be the protectors of women and children. Join us in Branson with America’s greatest balladeer Charlie Zahm and fiddler Tad Marks; as well as a great line-up of speakers and re-enactors as we honor the legacy of chivalry demonstrated on the R.M.S Titanic.

Visit the world’s best Titanic museum—100 years to the date of the disaster, and float down the river on a steamboat (we hope will not sink) for a 1912-style banquet that will be a night to remember. And please feel free to come in vintage Edwardian attire—first class, second class and third—all are welcome. This video offers a few tips on dressing for the event.

www.visionforumministries.org

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Countdown to the Titanic Centennial: On-This-Day Titanic Report: Tuesday, April 9th, 1912

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