Titanic - The Unsinkable Ship - Scientific American - 11 May 1912

Front Cover of the Scientific American for the 11 May 1912 Issue Featurnimg The Unkinkable Ship, TItanic

Front Cover of the Scientific American for the 11 May 1912 Issue Featurnimg The Unkinkable Ship, TItanic. GGA Image ID # 104af5c384

On the Front Cover: It has frequently been suggested that a portion of a vessel’s upper works might be so constructed, that it would remain afloat, in the event of the ship’s going to the bottom. Shaded portion in insert shows detachable pontoon section. A Study of the Pontoon Method of Saving Life at Sea.-[See page 418.]


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Publication Information

  • Title: Scientific American: The Weekly Journal of Practical Information
  • Issue: Volume CVI, Number 19
  • Publisher: Munn & Co., Incorporated, New York
  • Date of Publication: 11 May 1912
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