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The I.N.O.R.C. (Italian Naval Old Rhytmers Club) likes to celebrate the First Wireless Rescue on  Open Seas:

North Atlantic, off shore of

 Nantucket on 23/24 January 1909. The RMS Liner “Republic” was

rammed,in heavy fog,  by the SS “Florida”. The “Republic” sunk on

24 January afternoon. Thanks to the wireless and the heroism of the

 “Republic” radio operator, Jack Binns and shore Station Operator at

Siasconset,Jack Irwin, over 1600 lives, but six, were saved.

The distress signal CQD was used to ask help,because SOS although

 proposed in 1906 was not ratified in America until 1912.

Both ships were giving help to the people hited by the hearthquake

of Messina of 28 december 1908

 

 

 

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