The Titanic – Gone but never forgotton

 

Titanic postcard an artists view

Today is the sad anniversary of when the famous liner ‘The Titanic’ hit an iceberg and sank 225 miles off the coast of Newfoundland.  She hit the iceberg shortly before midnight on the 14th April and sank two hours later 98 years ago. Too much has already been written about this famous ship, her story is both tragic and sadly true.   She was one of three sister ships – the others being the Olympia and the Britannia.  She started life in a Belfast shipyard (Harland and Wolff) and was the largest passenger ship in the world at that time.  Ironically she was advertised as unsinkable.

This short video is very sensitively made and contains original images and photgraphs.  Warning:  You will be moved and the music is beautiful too.

The Titanic was the epitome of luxury, boasting an on board  swimming pool, a gymnasium, Turkish bath and even an electric bath – all for the First Class passengers.  The furniture, decorations and design of the luxury cabins in addition to Parisian cousine must have been so tempting for the wealthy and even the Second and Third Class passengers didn’t have it so bad.

grand dome recreation

skylight from one of Titanic's two famous Grand staircases

There have been many artifacts displayed from the Titanic.  But in essence, the actual site is a graveyard.  All those people met their fate in that dark watery place on 15th April 1912.  Robert D.  Ballard who found the wreck was astounded by the mass of objects lieing on the ocean floor, shoes, combs, champagne bottles, still corked. 

footwear from the titanic

A lot of the artifacts have  been salvaged by a private company.  the wreck has been filmed, dived upon and they even tried to raise it.  Yet still it retains its secrets. We will never know whose feet those shoes were on, or which childs hair was combed with one of these broken artifacts.  It would be perhaps fitting that these people should be left in peace, but human nature being what it is – the need to know, the need to see these things  will always be prevalent.  1517 passengers died but only 306 bodies were recovered, the largest number of survivors being of the First Class rank.

Captain E J Smith

The passenger list here

Titanic website here

Short article about Robert D. Ballard’s re visit here

Titanic re-creation exhibition here

Titanic post card from here

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6 Responses to “The Titanic – Gone but never forgotton”

  1. What a wonderful post on remembering the Titanic. Thank-you.

  2. Leslie, I seem to be going through some sort of watery theme at the moment = and I dont know why 🙂 Thanks for you visits – they’re very much appreciated 🙂

  3. artistatexit0 Says:

    An exhibition of Titanic artifacts recently came to down and I saw it. I was amazed at how mundane the objects were…just everyday stuff. I suppose in part, that’s what made it seem so poignant. Enjoyed the slide show too…perhaps I’ll give it a try. Thanks for so many worth while posts! Albertus

  4. Thanks Albertus (don’t know why I keep calling you Art 🙂 I’ve always missed out on seeing the exhibition for some reason or other, but you’re right about the simple items being more poignant I think. The slide show tutorial is in the WordPress support section. Many thanks for your kind comments and visits – it is always appreciated 🙂

  5. artistatexit0 Says:

    Perhaps you call me “Art” because of my blog’s name and I call you “Echo” because of your blog? What would you like to be called?

  6. Lynda would be OK 🙂 Hey I got called e.s. the other day! different eh 🙂

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