Saturday, April 14, 2012

100th Anniversary of the Titanic sinking

100 years ago today the Titanic, so-called unsinkable by some, sunk, taking around 1500 lives down to the bottom of the ocean.

A century is a long time and all the survivors from that voyage have passed on but it's important to remember what happened that night. Maritime safety forever changed afterwards due to the horrible loss of life. In the aftermath the International Ice Patrol and the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea were established and are still in operation today.

On such an important anniversary there are understandably many Titanic-related events going on. "Titanic" the movie has been rereleased in 3D. While I thought the whole world went mad in 1997, it wasn't a bad movie, just not one I thought should be rereleased in theatres or made 3D.

There is also a memorial cruise, duplicating the journey and menu of the original ship. Some passengers are descendants of survivors and victims of the sinking of the ship. Some will be dressed in period costume, experiencing food from the menu on the original ship and a group of musicians will finish what the original group was playing as the ship sank. This voyage thought, has had its own share of issues

The most disappointing part of this anniversary is that some people apparently didn't know the Titanic was a real ship. They thought the James Cameron movie was fictional which makes me headdesk every time I think about it. Seriously! Check out this link for examples of people discovering the Titanic wasn't just a movie.

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