You’re probably wondering why there’s so much going on to do with the ‘Titanic’ in these recent weeks. The countless documentaries and the re-release of the film in 3D have all been constantly talked about! It is the sinking of the ships 100th anniversary this year. Many special events were held in memorial for that tragic, unforgettable day in 1912 where the Titanic struck an iceberg and thousands of people lost their lives and even more lost a loved one.
People boarded on the cruise ship ‘MS Balmoral’ which retraced the route of the Titanic’s journey in the North Atlantic for the 1,512 people who died that day. A minutes silence was held as wreaths were thrown out to sea at the exact moment the ‘unsinkable’ ship went down. Shortly after hymns and prayers were recited. Passengers, many of whom were descendants of those who were perished in the tragedy, and crew members listened on as names were read out of those that died. Relatives spoke out;
‘’And when the lights went out it must have been horrendous. We witnessed that tonight.” “You still get a chill just looking at that water, imagining you have to go into it.’’
Not having enough lifeboats on board to save all the passengers and only taking two and a half hours to sink after hitting an ice-berg was the big downfall that hit us all.
In Belfast, the birthplace of the largest ship at the time, a service took place where a large plaque was revealed to the public featuring every victims name in alphabetical order. Thousands attended.
The anniversary has also been remembered in New York, where it was the intended destination of the Titanic a century ago.
Newly released photographs to the public show emotional pictures of victim’s clothing and baggage still intact but amongst the rubble at the bottom of the international waters. Of course this unfortunate event will be remembered forever and commiserations will be ever given.