For centuries the strategic position of Cape Race made it a key center of communications between Europe and North America. This role continued into the early 20th century when Marconi built a giant receiving tower on the site. Men like Titanic radio operator Jack Phillips and Cape Race's Officer in Charge Walter Grey were trained by the Marconi company as the first wireless communication services were made available.
The messages between these two Marconi school chums became news around the world as they documented events on April 14 when Titanic hit a Newfoundland iceberg, and sank to the bottom of the North Atlantic with over 1500 souls lost. It was one of history's worst marine disasters and the new wireless technology meant that the world could follow events within a few hours of their occurrence.
Receiving Titanic is a remembrance of this great tragedy and a reflection on the changes brought by 20th Century technology. It is also an introduction to Cape Race. This dramatic headland has a long history as a center for news and tragedy. Cape Race was the focus for the world as everyone followed the tragic events of the Titanic's loss.
Sharing Newfoundland's many Titanic associations with the world.
To remember and commemorate the passengers and crew of RMS Titanic; and to ensure Newfoundland continues to play a prominent role in this remembrance, just as it was a pivotal part of events in 1912.