learned something new about the Titanic today, thanks to Stamps of Distinction
blog. The ship was a Royal Mail Ship (RMS) and commissioned to carry over
3,000 mailbags across the Atlantic. And when it sank, five postal workers
tried in vain to save sacks of registered mails rather than saving their
The postal workers rushed to the mail room to begin rescuing the
mail. It has been estimated that the workers retrieved up to 200 sacks
of registered mail and had carried them to the upper decks on the slim
chance that it might get rescued. Even as water began to fill the post
office, the men admirably answered the postal workers call of duty to
save the mail from destruction. Their admirable efforts might have cost
the men their lives; as they tried to get the mail above deck, their
chances of getting aboard one of the precious few lifeboats, while slim
at best, vanished completely as the chivalrous call for women and children
first seized the day.
- Thanks Tony Servies!