"CQD CQD CQD CQD CQD CQD de MGY MGY MGY MGY MGY MGY 41.44N 50.24W"
Thus was raised the alarm by wireless officer Jack Phillips of the sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic, one hundred years ago today.
Titanic later transmits to the liner Carpathia: "Come at once. We have struck a berg. It's a CQD OM, position 41.46N 50.14W" (note: OM is operator shorthand for "Old Man" when referring to another radio operator. The term is still in use on the airwaves today.)
Carpathia replies: "Shall I tell my Captain? Do you require assistance?"
Titanic: "Yes, come quick."
An hour or so later, the last heard transmission from Titanic by Carpathia: "Come as quickly as possible old man, then engine room is filling up to the boilers."
**Visit The Titanic Radio Page for a reconstruction of the radio transmissions from Titanic, other ships that sailed to her aid, and land-based stations that relayed the news.