April 15, 2012, marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic. Believed by many to be unsinkable, in the early morning hours of that fateful day, and on it’s maiden voyage, it sank after an iceberg ripped its hull apart, resulting in the deaths of more than 1,500 passengers and crew.
Since then, a number of movies and books about the Titanic have captured our interests, along with the discovery of the ship in 1985 and the recovery of 1,000s of artifacts. In remembrance, numerous memorials have been erected to the victims, especially in towns associated with the ship and its passengers.
If this ship and its story hold any kind of fascination for you, it’s not too late to participate in one of many observances planned, including some cruises. Here are some links to just a few:
If you can’t get to an observance, PBS (Public Broadcasting System) will broadcast several programs about the Titanic in the coming months. More information can be found here:
As we remember the Titanic and the many souls lost that day, let us be thankful that, as a result, new safety laws were recommended and numerous safety improvements were implemented for ocean-going vessels to prevent such tragic occurrences from happening in the future.
May all your travels be safe.