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Upside down American Flag distress signal at Sacred Stone Camp, Standing Rock Reservation. Water is Life! Protect our waters! No DPL! Photo Credit: Ryan Scott


The upside down U.S. flag is an official signal of distress. THE FLAG CODE Title 36, U.S.C., Chapter 10 As amended by P.L. 344, 94th Congress Approved July 7, 1976 § 176. (a) The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.

from James Cameron's Titanic Wiki

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Two Marconi operators photographed aboard the "Adriatic" sometime before the "Titanic" voyage. The man on the left is Jack Phillips, the heroic sender of the distress signals who stuck to his post and went down with the Titanic.


Lifeboat. Photograph above was taken by a passenger of the Carpathia, the ship that received the Titanic's distress signal and came to rescue the survivors.

from Plog

Photos: The Sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic

Photocopy of hand-written account by Captain of R.M.S. Carpathia describing his response to the distress signal of the Titanic on 15 April 1912. (Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C.) #


John (Jack) George Phillips As the Titanic was sinking, Phillips worked tirelessly to send wireless messages to other ships to enlist their assistance with the rescue of the Titanic's passengers and crew. He was lost in the sinking and the body never recovered. He was 25 years and 1 day old. His last birthday was on the Titanic.


26 Jun 1945 - USS Indianapolis reached the island of Tinian in the South Pacific. Their mission was to unload the world’s first atomic bomb, “Little Boy,” dropped 10 days later on the city of Hiroshima. Having completed their mission the Indianapolis headed to a rendezvous with the USS Idaho. Then at 12:15 a.m. on July 30 they were struck by two torpedoes, the second which hit fuel tanks and the ammunition magazine. The ship sunk in 12 minutes.


Joseph Groves Boxhall was the Fourth Officer. When Titanic collided with an iceberg, Boxhall was off duty near the Officers' Quarters. Hearing the lookout bell, he headed to the bridge, arriving just after the impact. Capt. Smith, ordered Boxhall to perform an inspection of the forward part of the ship. Boxhall calculated Titanic's position for distress signals. He sighted the masthead lights of a nearby vessel (the Californian) & attempted in vain to signal by Morse lamp & distress flares.


A rope step ladder from one of Titanic's lifeboats is connected to the Carpathia to bring in survivors. The Carpathia was sailing from New Y...