Welcome! The Titanic Historical Society, Inc. (THS), established in 1963, is the premier source for Titanic and White Star Line information. THS is the original and largest Titanic society in the world. Since 1963, our mission of preserving the great ship’s history can be seen in our outstanding publications, Titanic Museum and annual themed events. Our experienced and knowledgeable officers and members include maritime historians, authors, artists, etc. who have been consultants and/or actively worked on numerous Robert Ballard (Nat Geo) and James Cameron (Fox/Discovery) projects, not to mention History Channel investigations et al., the THS has already proved itself a worthy source of qualified researchers. In addition, the THS has one of the largest available Titanic/White Star related photographic archives in the world. People of all ages and all countries who love the ship and her story are invited to join THS as members and receive the incomparable digital Titanic Commutator. The Titanic Museum’s superb collection in Indian Orchard, Massachusetts, was the first permanent exhibition of rare Titanic artifacts and documents donated by survivors. Become a member, tour our Museum and visit our Museum Shop online or in person. Enter curious, leave inspired.
This outstanding book tells story of these extraordinary ships starting with their conception, construction and modification following three different careers. Besides the technical details of these magnificent ships is the human story, the lives lost aboard Titanic and Britannic, the designers, engineers, ship owners and crew who believed a ship could be unsinkable. The Olympic Class liners were conceived as the largest, grandest ships ever. Of the three built, the first lost the record as the largest because she was beaten by her new sister, and the third was even bigger. The class was meant to secure the White Star Line’s reputation as the finest shipping company on the North Atlantic. However, the loss of Titanic and Britannic in their first year of service, guaranteed White Star’s infamy.
OLYMPIC TITANIC BRITANNIC is embellished with rare photographs, new computer-generated recreations of the ships and unique wreck images. Best of all, Simon Mills offers access to Harland & Wolff’s specification book for the Olympic Class including for the first time being made widely available, original blueprints and large fold-out technical drawings.
Hardcover 272 pages
"Here's the man who made it all possible." ...James Cameron on the Titanic set, Rosarito Beach, Mexico, 1997 introducing Ed Kamuda to the cast and crew.If it weren’t for Edward Kamuda, much of the information we have today on Titanic wouldn’t exist; it would have been lost through time and neglect which, unfortunately, happens too frequently because many people do not value history. A Titanic survivor’s death and a movie in the family’s theater was the catalyst that began a life’s work of preserving the ship’s history.
If you are looking for a concise, accurate account on the White Star Line, this book is for you. A big, handsome, hardcover beauty published by the Titanic Historical Society is chock full of glorious color illustrations. Hundreds of rare images from the author’s collection, many published for the first time, are sharp, visually striking and photographed in their natural color.
If you use Amazon, this book is currently priced at $97.26 (used / good condition)!
Purchase NEW online at the Titanic Historical Society Museum Store and pay Only $40.00!
This book is a fantastic resource with a wealth of information and showing loads of White Star collectibles as examples.
Cameron’s “Titanic” is in a class by itself, many fine books have been published about it.
Simon Mills’“The Titanic in Pictures” is Everything Else Titanic.
1912 Silent film, Saved Fom the Titanic with Dorothy Gibson, 1929 Atlantic, 1943 In Nacht und Eis, 1953 Titanic, 1958 A Night to Remember, 1979 Raise the Titanic and more – including TV movies and documentaries.
Highly illustrated with vintage posters, stills, advertisements. Softcover.
Exclusive to the THS Titanic Museum Store.
Cat. List #TIP1118 $28.95
Make an impressive statement celebrating Titanic Historical Society’s 60th Anniversary with this exquisitely detailed cloisonne or hard enameled pin.
Design has clearly separated colors so even the smallest details are captured. Jewelry like in appearance.
These custom pins are not only very collectible but beautiful.
1 ¾ inches long, Black nickel
two military clutch backs.
Cat. List #THS60 $14.95
These vintage advertising works of art decorated steamer trunks and travel bags on White Star liners bound for Southampton, Cherbourg, Liverpool, Queenstown/Cobh — ports across the broad Atlantic ocean.
Twenty-three professional grade life-size luggage stickers, available only though the Titanic Museum Store, include White Star Line, White Star/Dominion, and Cunard White Star facsimiles. These gorgeous illustrations brim with nostalgia for the White Star glory years of transatlantic travel.
Brilliantly colored, large, life-like, easy to peel off, mounted on convenient sized heavy-duty 8 1/2 x 11 sheets for handling. Strong peel and stick stickers don’t have to be permanent, they can be peeled off and removed if you wish to change them.
Ideal for creating realistic authenticity for Titanic Dinners, a wide variety of art projects, scrapbooking, print and poster decorations, collages, party favors, personalized stationery, giftwrap, even wall décor.
Your special event will be admired and truly unique with these White Star Luggage Stickers.
Exclusive to the THS Titanic Museum Store.
COMPLETE 8-page full size newspaper reprint (23″ x 17″) of the sinking of the Titanic, published April 16, 1912.
8 full pages of first person stories and illustrations, partial list of the saved, map of Atlantic Ocean and sinking, two page spread of Titanic’s longitudinal section, icebergs,Titanic’s interiors, story by Jack Binns, wireless operator of White Star’s Republic and much more!
Available in the Titanic Museum Store.
Cat. List #NYA22022 – $12.95
A compilation of historic newspaper pages from the collection of the Caren Archive.
100 full-size pages 11×22 of historic newspapers documenting Titanic, the greatest sea disaster.
Perfect for school projects!
Dramatic Headlines, Special Editions, Disaster Specials and Supplements from The Boston American, The Boston Evening Transcript, The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, The Denver Post, The Denver Times, The New York Herald, The New York American, Harper’s Weekly, The Daily Graphic, Red Wing Daily Republican, Bangor Daily Commercial, Newburyport Morning Herald, The Globe (New York).
A lot of important information!
Included are passenger lists, maps, passenger photos, list of survivors, list of the dead, many photos of Titanic, the rescue ship Carpathia, Titanic’s first class interiors, a Titanic deck plan, a full range of reporting and passenger accounts from the sinking to the aftermath.
An incredible amount of history in 100 pages.
Cat. List #2011TN – $32.95
Hostage to Fortune
by Simon Mills
Published by Wordsmith Publications, UK
Simon Mills’ authoritative book tells how Britannic was a masterpiece of marine technology but was never designed for the stage that sealed her fate.
Eclipsed at birth in life and at her passing by circumstances beyond her control, Britannic was very much a hostage to the events of her time. She would never escape from the shadow of her more notorious sister, Titanic, and the destiny of Great Britain’s largest ship of her era would be played out on an altogether different arena. Nevertheless her story has a powerful drama of its own and it is only now that previous forgotten personal papers and diaries shed a new light on the human story of the last Olympian.
Foreword by Dr. Robert Ballard. Includes a large fold-out rigging plan showing her original design. A longitudinal section deck plans A, B, C, D,E, F, G and tank top. 224 pages. Highly illustrated in color and black and white. Hardcover with dust jacket.
Cat. List #HTF1218 $49.95
(Special to THS $39.95)
A faithful reproduction of an original Titanic a la carte Restaurant menu dated April 14, 1912.
Inside printed R.M.S. TITANIC April 14, 1912 in the same type/lettering as the original menu.
Inside is left blank for you to insert your personal dinner menu.
12 menus per package
Folded size 4 1/4 x 5 1/2
Cat. List #talcm22 – $29.95
Like the storied White Star Line ships, Titanic, Olympic and Britannic, this custom, full color 16 oz. cup, designed exclusively for the Titanic Historical Society holds a big cup of coffee! Dishwasher and microwave safe. A strikingly big and beautiful cup!
Available in the Titanic Museum and the THS Museum Store
Cat. List #THSTBC $12.95
Exclusive custom design is the perfect souvenir keepsake to remember your visit (or plan to see) the Titanic Museum in Indian Orchard, Massachusetts. Each mug has a strikingly beautiful full color panoramic image on sturdy white ceramic mugs that are microwave and dishwasher safe.
Titanic Historical Society’s Titanic Museum Mug’s double design is enhanced with royal blue inside.
Visit Oak Grove Cemetery in Springfield, Massachusetts and see the beautiful THS’s Titanic Centennial Memorial. The Titanic Centennial Memorial Mug has a forest green inside that matches the lush green lawn and garden surrounding the Memorial. Both THS multi-color panoramic picture mugs are truly unique.
Titanic Centennial Memorial Mug
Cat. List #TCMG116 $14.95
THS and Titanic Museum Mug
Cat. List #THSB114 $14.95
SAVE–BOTH Cat. List #THSBoth $25.00
Designed by Maritime Artist Stephen Card
Titanic on her maiden voyage 11 April 1912 and Olympic on her maiden trip 14 June 1911
Only 50 sets available
Available only in the THS Museum Store
Certificates are numbered. Sold in a set of two only.
Cat. List #TOT818. $119.95
Visit our online store to purchase artifacts, books, clothing, collectibles, deck plans, event registrations, jewelry, models, post cards, prints, reproductions and many other items. The Titanic Historical Society's Titanic Museum Store accepts VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Discover credit cards.
Dedicated to excellence, THS’s publication The Titanic Commutator showcases an incredible collection of real stories from stark reality, inspiring classics, to fun that capture the imagination and appeal to a variety of ages and tastes. The ship, men and women––the famous and the unknown, movies, collectibles and pop culture keep the reader spellbound.
We succeed only through the support of people such as you. If you are like most of our members, you realize that the measure of our society and the true history of our civilization is found in the stories of famous events and more importantly in the accounts of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. We invite you to become a THS member.
The Titanic Historical Society's (THS) collection, one of its greatest strengths, is its collected works of rare Titanic survivor artifacts, one of the finest anywhere. Many were donated by the survivors themselves to THS’s founder and president, Edward S. Kamuda in the 1960s through the 80s, the organization’s early years.
J. Arthur Rank’s promotional book for the 1958 film “A Night to Remember” is a key in the Titanic Historical Society’s history and The Titanic Commutator. Ed Kamuda wrote to all eighty-seven survivors listed in the promotional book (for US theater operators) and seventy-five responded. They were thrilled that someone was interested in their personal experiences a half century later. When he asked if they would write down their recollections, they were touched by the young man’s sincerity and many became lifelong friends. It was their written accounts that was the foundation of The Titanic Commutator (that would appear when the organization was formed).
On Sunday July 7, 1963, five young people (Ed Kamuda, Joe Carvalho, Frank Casilio, Bob Gibbons, John Eaton and Mike Ravetti) met at the Kamuda home in Indian Orchard, MA and formed the Titanic Enthusiasts of America (TEA) changed to Titanic Historical Society in 1975. The organization’s mission is preserving the history of RMS Titanic, Olympic, Britannic and the White Star Line. The glue that held the group together was, The Titanic Commutator, the quarterly journal Kamuda began still in continuous publication, now managed by his wife, Karen, who is also a shipping history buff.
In 1963 thirty of the remaining survivors became Honor Members. There were 41 Honor Members: Walter Lord, Wilton H. Oldham, Leslie Harrison, William McQuitty, Comdr. Joseph G. Boxhall, George T. Rowe, Gus Cohen, Edith Russell Cook, John Podesta, Leo J. Hyland, George Kemish, Laura Buzzell, Alfred Pugh, John B. Ryerson, Washington Dodge, Edith Haisman, Mrs. Jacques Futrelle, Fred Dent Ray, Amy McMicken, Wilfred D. Seward, Walter Williams, Ed Ryan, Rene Harris, Katherine Manning, Celiney A. Decker, Violet C. Jessop, Lawrence Beesley, Edwina Corrigan, Albert Caldwell, Sylvia Mercherle, Eva Hart, R. Norris Williams, Mrs. E. Darby, Reginald Burgess, Osgood Williams, Frederick Fleet, Mrs. Arthur H. Cook, Mrs. Frank Aks.
Kamuda filled Commutator pages with new or little-known facts about Titanic, riveting survivor accounts and other ocean liners. Members loved reading the original survivors’ experiences from the handwritten letters Kamuda possessed.
The journal was mailed to members worldwide, the information was new and is permanently recorded as Kamuda wanted. As time passed, well known authors on Titanic, shipping history, Harland & Wolff, the White Star Line, Titanic documentaries and films, maritime art and collectibles, etc. have and continue to contribute fascinating and original articles. The Titanic Commutator became digital in 2020. Select print back issues are available in the Titanic Museum Store.
Spring, 2nd Quarter
Membership Year 2023
Letters From George Thomas Rowe to Ed Kamuda
The Escape of Charles W. Allen from the Wreck of the White Star Steamer Atlantic
Baltic II, Captain E.J. Smith and Fake News Vintage Vignettes
Harriet Quimby: Another Titanic Victim
The Formation Of J. P. Morgan’s IMMC Didn’t Appear to Be Much of a Secret Vintage Vignettes
Winter, 1st Quarter
Membership Year 2023
Mementos of a Maiden Voyage
Cedric is “Unsinkable” Vintage Vignettes
A Bad Blunder in Forwarding Mail
Call to Duty
Searching for Titanic’s Dead
Bruce Ismay Sails to New York on Oceanic II – Vintage Vignettes
Fall, 4th Quarter
Membership Year 2022
Fosbery and the Titanic Lifebelts
Another Titanic Lifejacket,
Where is it Now?
Lightoller’s Midnight Stunt
Harry’s Book Collection
A Titanic Mystery
“Titanic” Looking Back 25 Years
Great New Merchandise Items in the Titanic Museum Store
Summer, 3rd Quarter
Membership Year 2022
Titanic Survey Expedition 2021
A Voyage to New York and Back in H.M.T. Britannic
When Is A Rocket Called a Distress Signal?
Should Titanic Have Had Searchlights?
How Did Families of Lost Ones Sue the White Star Line?