April 14, 1912: Ice Warning Nine

At 10:55pm, Titanic receives her ninth and final ice warning, this message comes from the SS Californian. Titanic's wireless operator Jack Phillips is busy sending messages when the Californian rudely interrupts. Titanic and the Californian are so close together that the Morse code signal nearly blasts Phillips ears off. Californian's wireless operator Cyril Evans, tells Titanic that his ship has stopped for the night because they are surrounded by ice. Jack Phillips, angry at Evans for so rudely interrupting, sends back this response:

"KEEP OUT! SHUT UP! I'M WORKING CAPE RACE!"

Evans receives Phillips' message and then shuts down for the night. Phillips continues to send the passengers' messages and does not report Californian's message to the bridge.


Wireless Operators Cyril Evans (left)
and Jack Phillips (right)