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By ARTHUR P. BUSHNELL INDIAN ORCHARD, Mass. (UPI) — Books and countless stones have been written about the sinking of the “unsinkable” S.S. Titanic which hit an iceberg on its maiden voyage 65 years ago this month. The disaster, which claimed more than 1,500 lives, also triggered the marketing of a new line of board games, models of the ship, and—in questionable taste—a Titanic ice chest. Now emerges a group which wants to do even more to "investigate and perpetuate the history and the myth” of the Titanic. Edward S. Kamuda, founder of the group called the Titanic Historical Society, Inc., said he hopes that renewed interest in the super ship will result in efforts to locate her and to open a Titanic museum in New England. Kamuda, who got interested in the ship when he saw an old movie about its sinking, said the Titanic is his "permanent hobby.” A1962 magazine picture of a model of the Titanic led Kamuda and half a dozen other "Titanic enthusiasts” to form the society. It has grown to a worldwide organization with 1,476 members, including about 35 survivors of the disaster. “We were formed to keep the memory of the ship alive,” Kamuda said. "We also investigate the entire White Star line.” Why are people still so interested in the Titanic? “For one thing, there’s the impossibility of such a thing,” Kamuda said. "The newest and fastest liner afloat starts out on its maiden voyage and hits an iceberg. "They declared her to be unsinkable and she went down in 2Vfc miles of water. The story itself is enough to capture the imagination.” But Kamuda said there is more that makes the Titanic special. "There have been other shipping disasters greater than the Titanic’s sinking. Six thousand people died in a torpedoed ship, but you don’t hear much about that. It and other disasters occurred during war time and people expected things to happen. "But with the Titanic, they just didn’t expect anything. Then there were also the celebrities on the ship that make it kind of special. Ten of the people on board were worth $120 million.” And there’s the ship herself. "Luxury went to sea, they said. She was like a floating hotel with ornate carvings, furniture so heavy you could hardly lift it, the finest food prepared by the finest chefs. It was the great Edwardian era of gilt and beauty. You certainly don’t have furnishings like this aboard liners today,” Kamuda said. His organization also researches the Titanic’s sister ships and last year the group hired oceanographer Jacques Cousteau to find the Agean Sea wreckage of the S.S. Britannic, another White Star vessel. “It took him two weeks to find it, even with official charts of its location,” Kamuda said. Photographs were taken and a vice president of the society was taken down in a submarine to view the Britannic. But Kamuda said finding or raising the Titanic would be much more difficult. "For one thing there are five different official positions of the wreck. No one plotted an exact location or took an official sounding to find out where she is, what depth she is at and what condition she’s in today. "Once she sankout of sight, she was not heard or seen again. Now it’s estimated that it would cost $1 million just to locate the ship and get a photograph of it. "Since 1968, people have said they’re going to raise the Titanic or find it,” Kamuda said. "But it’s all a lot of talk and no action right now. We’re not interested in salvaging ourselves. But if YOU CAN depend on us . Call today. Plano Daily Star Courier Classifieds. 424-6565 we of

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  1. Plano Daily Star-Courier,
  2. 13 Apr 1977, Wed,
  3. Page 15

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