CHATHAM — Relatives of a former Massachusetts radio operator are commemorating the sinking of the Titanic by laying wreath at his grave in tribute to the role he played to transmit information about the fate of the luxury liner and its passengers.
Matt Tierney was operating the relatively new Marconi wireless radio system in Nantucket when the luxury liner sunk during its maiden voyage a century ago. The radio network had a limited range then but still played a key role in relaying information about sinking, survivors and those who lost their lives.
Tierney worked for four days relaying messages that people depend on to determine whether relatives, friends and loved ones survived the tragedy.
His grandson, Bill Upham of Mansfield, and other relatives from Arizona will lay the wreath at Union Cemetery in Chatham on Saturday.
Online: Video about Matt Tierney and his role in the Titanic tragedy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rl39Pfs7y4