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Apr 12

Titanic 100 Year Anniversary

On April 15th, 100 years ago, the RMS Titanic met its fate when she hit an iceberg and sank in the icy Atlantic waters just 350 miles from her destination and only five days into her maiden voyage from Southampton England to New York. Saturday April 15, 2012 marks that 100-year anniversary as millions of people worldwide honor the “unsinkable” ship, the approximately 1,500 souls who perished and the 705 who survived. For those wishing to visit Titanic sites, there will be several tours to choose from including two-week tour of St. John’s Newfoundland, where she sank, and a walking tour in Belfast, Ireland and in Manhattan where the survivors were taken.Titanic anniversary

Not only will there be tours of Titanic sites but also, the entire first two weeks of April 2012 will see a re-release of the James Cameron film “Titanic” starring Leonardo Di Caprio and Kate Winslet only this time, in 3-D. Also included in the festivities an auction in Manhattan on April 11th of some 5000 items which were recovered from the ill-fated ship as well as the Smithsonian Channel will also be airing a special entitled “Titanic’s Final Mystery”. No doubt there will be millions of people the world over honoring the victims and survivors during this time.

The Titanic designed and built by a firm in Belfast, Ireland called Harland and Wolff was, at the time, considered the largest and most expensive at a cost of 7.5 million, ship of her time. Titanic was also considered the most luxurious and was boarded, by some of the most elite and well-known people of the time; status in society did not make any difference however to the icy waters of the Atlantic that fateful day in 1912. MA. Democrat John Kerry introduced legislation to amend the “R.M.S. Titanic Maritime Memorial Act of 1986 to protect the site.”
Sen. Kerry is quoted as saying, “I think it’s important to remember that this site on the floor of the Atlantic is a place where so many went to their deaths,” Kerry goes on to say “It’s hallowed ground, not just some underwater area to be poked at or damaged for commercial reasons.” In 1985 Dr. Robert Ballard who is a professor of oceanography at the University of Rhode Island, discovered the Titanic’s resting place some two miles down on the bottom of the Atlantic floor. Dr. Ballard, age 69 is quoted as saying, “the ship is in grave danger from overeager visitors, you don’t go to Gettysburg with a shovel,” he goes on to say, “You don’t go to the Louvre and touch the Mona Lisa.”
If you are among the thousands of people who either have a fascination with the Titanic, are a descendant of one of the survivors and you are going on one of the cruises to the resting place, consider this place as hallowed and should not be disturbed in any way. Be respectful and honor the dead in a way they would be proud and thankful.