About Joshua Allen Milford

Hello, My name is Joshua Allen Milford.

I'm a Titanic historian that is dedicated to keeping the history of the ship and her people alive. I've been continually researching the Titanic for over 25 years.

In 1912, Titanic was arguably the world's first media spectacle with the invention of electricity and the wireless radio. 
In September of 1985, the wreck of Titanic was discovered. Over the following two years, news broadcasts were showing images and videos of the Titanic wreck on tv for all to see. A shipwreck that been lost for nearly 75 years. Seeing the shipwreck on television was my first media spectacle. I was only 2 years-old, but I remember watching the ghostly images of the ship as she came out of the darkness. It was actually a frightening experience to me. I remember asking my mother what it was that I was seeing? She said, "That's the Titanic! It was a big ship that sank a long time ago." It was my first experience of a ship, and of a shipwreck. From that point forward, anytime I heard the name "Titanic" those memories came back.

The discovery of the Titanic dawned a new age. She was alive again. 
She was no longer legend. She was real! 

After the discovery during the late 80s and early 90s, there was a moment of "Titanic fever". Books, magazines, old Titanic movies, documentaries, and merchandise were seen everywhere. 

In 1993 during my 4th grade year in elementary school, we read a short story in a magazine about Titanic. I would consider that moment as the first time I was introduced to the Titanic as she was in 1912 and not just a rusting shipwreck on the ocean bottom.

In 1996 while I was in middle school, I was given a school project where I was to research, write a report, and cite sources about a subject of particular interest. I had originally chose Stonehenge, but as I was going through the "S" section at the public library, I happened to glance over to the "T" section and saw two books on Titanic. One was called "The Discovery of the Titanic" by Robert Ballard, and the other was "Titanic: An Illustrated History" by Don Lynch and Ken Marschall. 
When I turned in my report on Titanic, my teacher was confused because my subject was supposed to be Stonehenge. However, she was so impressed by my report that she took it to the principal of the middle school, and in turn he gave it to the high school library. Copies were made and placed in the library for students to take and read.

In December of 1997, James Cameron released his film, Titanic.
I didn't go see the movie until six months later. After seeing the movie I became reunited with Titanic like never before. It lit a fire in me that has never been extinguished. I was 14 years-old at the time, and ever since then I have been continually researching the Titanic disaster and the people involved. 
I've been called a "Titaniac", a Titanic fanatic, a Titanic expert, but what I prefer is historian. Because I research and write about the real ship. The real people. The real history. It has never been a hobby, but an occupation. A lifelong passion.

Titanic has been part of our culture since the sinking. With books, movies, and musical stage performances, and she has never left the human consciousness. We know a lot about the Titanic before the sinking, but what happened during the sinking? Through continued research we can slowly piece together what really happened and why?

It is important that the Titanic story is remembered and preserved so that a tragedy such as this never happens again. That is why I'm here...

It is such an honor to share my findings with others. Over the years I have been contacted by students, teachers, schools, churches, and radio shows that have had questions about the Titanic. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me. I'm always happy to help.

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