Marking the 100th Anniversary of the Titanic Disaster
Titanic at the docks in South Hampton
It's been exactly one hundred years ago today since the RMS Titanic hit an iceberg and sunk into the lonely depths of the Northern Atlantic Ocean. More than 1,500 people died in this at-sea tragedy.
Instead of decreasing, interest in the cause of its fate; curiosity about its passengers; and questions about its construction and management has only mushroomed during the past century.
Thousands of books and movies have been written and produced about the Titanic over the years--most recently, the release of Titanic 3-D (James Cameron) is still capturing the public's attention. A quick search on Amazon.com revealed more than 11,000 books and movies associated with the Titanic disaster.
What was life like in 1912?
Two Commemorative Cruises
Two ships set sail last week to mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. One left from South Hampton and the other departed from New York--they will each reach the site of Titanic sinking around 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 14th
The Titanic Site is located at 41°43'57"N,49°56'49"W
The Titanic Memorial Cruise, which is on Fred. Olsen Cruise Liner MS Balmoral, departed from Southampton, UK, on Sunday, April 8, 2012. Fred Olsen's involvement with Harland and Wolff, where the Titanic was constructed, connected the ships in past and present. There are almost a dozen lecturers on board to help provide passengers with a plethora of information.
The ship will be stopping in Cherbourg, France, where the Titanic picked up additional passengers for its maiden voyage, and the ship will also stop in Halifax, Nova Scotia, which became the final resting place (at the Fairview Lawn Cemetery) of many of the Titanic's victims.
The 12-night voyage will end in New York on Thursday, April 19th.
The Titanic Anniversary Cruise, which is on the Azamara Journey, departed on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 from New York harbour. The ship will stop first in Halifax, Nova Scotia for a time of exploration on this island, which played a key role in the aftermath of the Titanic disaster.
The 8-night voyage will end up back in New York on Wednesday, April 18th.
After both ships met at the Titanic site (see details above), there will be a memorial service conducted at 2:20 a.m. on Sunday, April 15, 2012, to commemorate the anniversary of the Titanic's sinking and to pay tribute to the all the brave passengers and crew on board that fateful evening.
The Titanic tragedy strikes me most when I stop to think about the passengers as real people going about their lives without realizing that that day in April 1912 would be their last day. Did they have any regrets? Did they feel good about the legacy they left behind? What were their special memories? What impact did they make on society? What would be the one thing they wished they still had time and opportunity to do?
Now, I must ask myself....what can I do to live today to its fullest and best potential?