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100 years ago today, Wednesday 10 April 1912, the Titanic‘s maiden voyage began. She carried 2,224 people. Her passengers included some of the wealthiest people in the world, as well as over a thousand emigrants from Great Britain and Ireland, Scandinavia and elsewhere seeking a new life in North America. The ship was designed to be the last word in comfort and luxury, with an on-board gymnasium, swimming pool, libraries, high-class restaurants and opulent cabins.
She was the largest ship afloat at the time of her maiden voyage. One of three Olympic class ocean liners operated by the White Star Line, she was built between 1909–11 by the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast.
In five days time from now, which is 15 April 2012, marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the legendary ship, RMS Titanic. She sank in the North Atlantic Ocean on 15 April 1912 after colliding with an iceberg during her maiden voyage from Southampton, England to New York City. The sinking of Titanic caused the deaths of 1,514 people in one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in history.
The Olympic-class ocean liners were a trio of ocean liners built by the Harland & Wolff shipyard for the White Star Line in the early 20th century. Titanic and Brittanic were lost early in their carriers. Olympic, the eldest sister and namesake of the class, continued in service until she was laid up and scrapped in 1935.
The sinkings of Titanic and Britannic did not receive the same attention. Because the exact position of the sinking of the Britannic is known and the location is shallow, the wreck was discovered relatively easily in 1975. Titanic, however, drew everyone’s attention in 1912. After several attempts, the wreck was finally located by Jean-Louis Michel of Ifremer and Robert Ballard following a secret mission for the U.S. Navy. The discovery of the wreck occurred on 1 September 1985, at 25 kilometers from the position given of the sinking. The wreck lies about 4,000 meters deep, broken in two. The bow is relatively well preserved, but the stern imploded during the sinking. The wreck of Britannic has been, after the discovery, regularly seen as part of many other expeditions.
More on Wikipedia.
I am quite sure that everybody is well-informed about the re-releasing of the Titanic film in 3D. It was released on 27 March 2012 in London and 4 April 2012 in the US. Here in Poland, 6 April 2012. I’ve been thinking of watching the film in the cinemas this time in an IMAX theatre. I’ve searched the date and hopefully I will have some friends who would agree to tag along. Or else I’m going alone. But that sounds impossible since Sadyba IMAX theatre is quite far from where I live.
The only scene entirely redone, for the 3D re-release, was Rose’s view of the night sky at sea, on the morning of April 15, 1912. The scene was replaced with an accurate view of the night-sky star pattern, including the Milky Way, adjusted for the location in the North Atlantic Ocean in April 1912
This is a fan-made trailer which I find rather creative though I won’t agree if there would be a full movie of it:
Titanis Super 3D
And for those who are in Ireland, or those who are going to visit Ireland, this is a place not to be missed:
More info on Titanic Belfast, click here. It is very inspiring that the height of the building is as tall as the RMS Titanic was.
- The Captain’s Table
- Britannic movie trailer
- NatGeo Commemorates the 100th Anniversary of Titanic
- Titanic memorial cruise reaches Cobh in Irish Republic
A memorial cruise retracing the route of Titanic to mark 100 years since the ship sank
- Titanic 100 by BBC (worth clicking)
- Titanic: Journey to the bottom of the ocean (graphic)