Source 5

Telegram received by the Russian liner Birma (MT 9/920c)


The Russian East Asiatic S.S. Co.  Radio-Telegram

S.S. “Birma”


No Words       Origin Station.                     Time handed in.                    Via.                 Remarks

bg to 6.                 Titanic                                 11 H.45M.April 14/15 1912.                      Distress Call Ligs Loud

Cgd – SOS. from M.  G.  Y.

We have struck iceberg sinking fast come to our assistance.

Position Lat. 41.46 n.  Lon. 50.14.  W.

M.  G.  Y.

[MGY was the codename for the TITANIC]

« Return to Life aboard the Titanic

5. Look at Source 5. This is a telegram received by the Russian liner Birma.

  • When was it received?
  • If you were the wireless operator on the Birma, how would you report this message to the Captain?
  • If you were the Captain of the Birma, what would you do?