Titanic is now a century old Saga!
Date: 4/9/2012 2:53:14 PM
Tomorrow, 10 April 2012, Titanic will complete 100 years of sail. Yes, exactly 100 years ago Titanic started its maiden journey from Southampton on 10 April 1912. And unfortunately just 5 days later of 15 April the journey was abruptly ended to one of the world’s major accidents. In 5 days time, one of the biggest sea accidents ever will complete a 100 years.
Titanic was one of the largest ships ever created at that time, with a capacity of close to 3400 people, which included about 900 crew members. The ship was declared as “unsinkable” and probably had gained one of the greatest hypes ever before its first sail. And ironically the claimed “unsinkable” ship sunk in its very first journey, unfortunately claiming more than 1500 lives, but surely becoming a legend/epic since then.
To commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Titanic the 3D version of the 1997 Hollywood flick Titanic has been released worldwide.
The other events that have been taking place for the 100th commemoration are:
At 12:13 pm on 31 May 2011, exactly 100 years after Titanic rolled down her slipway, a single flare was fired over Belfast’s docklands in commemoration. All boats in the area around the Harland and Wolff shipyard then sounded their horns and the assembled crowd applauded for exactly 62 seconds, the time it had originally taken for the liner to roll down the slipway in 1911. On 12 March 2012 BBC’s Songs Of Praise, from Belfast, took the form of a Titanic memorial. The program included a selection of maritime hymns and ended with Nearer, My God, to Thee, allegedly the last tune played by the ship’s band.
On 4 April 2012, the 100th anniversary of Titanic’s completion and her maiden voyage was celebrated by the theatrical re-releasing the 1997 feature film Titanic in 3D.
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will perform The Titanic Requiem, a work composed by singer/songwriter Robin Gibb and his son RJ Gibb, on 10 April in London. The event will include a hologram show depicting the sea, the ship, and the iceberg.
The cruise ship Balmoral, operated by Fred Olsen Cruise Lines has been chartered by Miles Morgan Travel to follow the original route of Titanic, intending to stop over the point on the sea bed where she rests on 15 April 2012.
The SeaCity Museum in Southampton, Hampshire will open on 10 April 2012, the date when RMS Titanic made her maiden voyage out of Southampton. It was designed to show Southampton’s 2000 years of sea history, as well as commemorate the 549 city residents who sunk with the Titanic.