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Titanic 100th Anniversary

PermalinkBy Paul Rudoff on Apr. 14, 2012 at 11:40 PM , Categories: Miscellaneous
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The RMS Titanic, the world's largest and most luxurious ocean liner, left on its maiden voyage on April 10, 1912 from Southampton, England to New York City, carrying everyone from plutocrats to penniless emigrants. Titanic had an estimated 2,224 people on board when she struck an iceberg in the north Atlantic Ocean at 11:40 PM (ship's time; 9:40 PM EST) on Sunday, April 14, 1912. She sank two hours and forty minutes later at 2:20 AM (12:20 EST) on Monday, April 15th, resulting in the deaths of 1,514 people, making it one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in history.

The wreck of Titanic remains on the seabed, gradually disintegrating at a depth of 12,415 feet (3,784 m). Since its rediscovery in 1985, thousands of artifacts have been recovered from the sea bed and put on display at museums around the world. Titanic has become one of the most famous ships in history, her memory kept alive by numerous books, films, exhibits and memorials.

She makes a brief appearance in Ghostbusters II (photo above), as the spectral ship finally arrives at its New York City destination, with its ghostly passengers disembarking to, presumably, finally be at peace. Meant to be a humorous sight gag in the film, its actually a rather solemn happening if you stop and think about it. Although Ghostbusters II was filmed after the discovery of the remains of the actual RMS Titanic in 1985, the specific nature of the ship's iceberg collision and overall appearance is inaccurate. The spectral ship appears to have a giant, gaping hole in its bow when docked, when in fact the actual vessel suffered several dozen small impacts along much of the starboard body and, by and large, broke off into two large pieces.

As I write this, it is 100 years ago to the minute that the ship sank and all of those lives were lost. We've all grown up with the legend of the Titanic, and it feels a little strange to realize that it's, just now, a full century since the tragic event took place. It always seemed so "long ago", but it really wasn't until now.

FURTHER READING
NY Daily News - Photos: On Board The Titanic Before It Sank
NY Daily News - Photos: Titanic Artifacts
Wikipedia - Photo: Titanic Voyage Map
Miami Herald - Titanic: The Moral Of A 100-Year-Old Story by Leonard Pitts Jr.
NY Daily News - Events Around The World To Mark The Shipwreck's 100-Year Anniversary
BBC News - Titanic 100
CBC News - Titanic's Sinking Commemorated in Halifax
Titanic in Nova Scotia
Encyclopaedia Britannica Presents Titanic: The Unsinkable Ship
Encyclopedia Titanica
Titanic Facts
Titanic.com
RMS Titanic, Inc. Offical Site
Ghostbusters Wiki
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Comment from: pinkgloom [Visitor]
A very true article. I have always had an interest in the Titanic and it's amazing to think it was only a hundred years ago. My how times have changed...
Apr. 15, 2012 @ 04:55
Comment from: Ben King [Visitor]
A good article, Paul. It's funny thinking about it, but my interest in RMS Titanic was inspired and cultivated when I first saw Ghostbusters II on video so many years ago... it doesn't take away, however, from the harrowing fact that we're now 100 years from when the liner sank.
Apr. 15, 2012 @ 11:57

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