The Titanic - A Night to Remember

...the tugs nudged her out into the grey waters of the English Channel.

With a blast on her foghorn, the gulls shreiking around her tall masts, funnels wafting smoke, the tugs nudged out into the grey waters of the English Channel.
With a blast on her foghorn, the gulls shreiking around her tall masts, funnels wafting smoke, the tugs nudged out into the grey waters of the English Channel.

It was cold that night...bitterly cold.

Welcome to Titanic - A Night to Remember.

It was cold that night, bitterly cold, there was no moon and a million stars shone down reflecting in the inky blackness of a smooth sea. Upon the surface of that sea stood a great ocean liner – motionless, her eight accommodation decks ablaze with lights. Around her, a little way off, you could hear the splash of oars being handled by inexperienced hands. From the ship itself came the creak of davits as lifeboats were being lowered and every twenty minutes a rocket would rise, swiftly towards the sky to burst into a dazzle of light which gradually faded into nothing.

From the great ocean liner the message went out in Morse Code.

The message went out in Morse Code. CQD, CQD, CQD. Any ship, and station, any ship any station. DE this is, MGY MGY, the wireless call sign of the great vessel. That signal oscillated along the long wire aerial strung out between the tall mast. It radiated into the ionosphere far above the earth to be heard in the headphones of radio operators as far away as Cape Race and as close as fifty-eight miles. CQD, CQD, CQD. Come quickly. Ship is sinking by the head. Need immediate assistance…”

The Ill-fated luxury liner ready to sail.

White Stars pride, she was one of three sisters: Olympic, Titanic, and Britannic, built and launched in that order.   Strangely, the others hardly rate a mention today.
White Stars pride, she was one of three sisters: Olympic, Titanic, and Britannic, built and launched in that order. Strangely, the others hardly rate a mention today.

This luxury liner was conceived in the minds of men...

She was conceived in the minds of men and born in the dockyards of Harland and Wolff in Belfast, Ireland. And her labor was long. Her midwives were the hundreds of riveters, fitters and turners, boiler makers, carpenters, tradesmen of all sort who labored over her hard and long for two years. But when she was born, when she was launched there had been nothing like her before, or since. 882 feet long, 92 feet wide. That was as long as four downtown city blocks in New York City in those days. And not four, six, but eight accommodation decks. And she was so tall that when you stood at the wharf it was like looking up at an eleven story building.

The filmakers did wonders, but this is a photograph never taken in real life.

fifteen water-tight compartments, she was considered unsinkable.

A coal-burning steamship, she had not one, nor two, or three but 29 boilers. 159 furnace openings. It was said her engine room completement number 240 persons. And luxurious, she had everything.


These are the opening lines to my orally presented story.

These are the opening lines to my orally presented story, "The Stars Look Down," which deals with the tragic events which unfolded in the North Atlantic on Sunday 14th April through to Monday 15 April in 1912. This most famous and well-known of all sea stories; an event which has stayed with us now for over 100 years, still remains popular among my repetoire of stories taken from history.

Our Titanic - A Night to Remember, which celebrated the centenary of the passing of this great ocean liner was a spectacular success. And I'm pretty sure that many people will want this story retold again, and again, and yet again.

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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

I'd love to be there!


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Tusitala Tom 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia Author

Thanks, Will. But then again, you're a storyteller yourself.


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ladyjojo 4 years ago

I got caught by the title of your hub. Titanic was awesome and spectacularly wonderful. I watched the movie many times 22 to be precise i shed a few tears when jack died. TITANIC is one of the best movie ever produced

I believe Titanic sank maybe because the owners had to much pride in her and they boasted that it was unsinkable. They never thought that tragedy would have struck them or else they would have enough life boat.

So ridiculous to have such a huge ship and 20 life boats so many people lost their lives in such a tragic moment. 1912 is very remarkable to me ;)

Thanks for sharing your hub .


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

"Thanks, Will. But then again, you're a storyteller yourself."

And that's why I wanted to be there. How successful was it?

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