Titanic+in+GantryAs passengers on Titanic embarked on a North Atlantic crossing from Southampton to New York City on the morning of April 10th, 1912, few of them likely imagined the terror that lay in store for them or that by the time the ship sank out from under them after hitting an iceberg in the wee hours of April 14th, more than 1,500 of their number would perish. Since then, Titanic historians and admirers alike have dreamed of seeing the famous sunken ocean liner up close, and it seemed as if technology and a company called OceanGate Expeditions could make those dreams come true. However, now would-be explorers who have the time and money to visit Titanic up close will have to wait until 2020 to see their hopes realized. [click to continue…]

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Titaniccolor6When the RMS Titanic struck iceberg on the night of April 14th, 1912, the world was shocked to hear how the greatest, biggest, most grandest ship in the world, was in serious trouble. The information coming into New York City was too remarkable to believe. The biggest ship in the world, that had been making headlines since its inception, was hailed as being unsinkable, but now something was happening.   The RMS Titanic carried on her decks over 2200 people, and had been proclaimed as unsinkable to the world, but now something had gone horribly wrong, and this famous ship was now in jeopardy.  What in the world could have happened? Was the RMS Titanic actually sinking or was this some cruel joke that some people were playing? The awful truth was that despite this ship being the biggest in the world, and state of the art, something had happened to it, and now there were over 2200 people that were in trouble. The RMS Titanic was in trouble, and there were people being put into lifeboats, and while that was bad enough, who could possibly know that something like a cane could turn out to be a hero on the most unforgettable night in history?

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titanic-600On April 14th 1912, the biggest ship in the world, the RMS Titanic, set sail from Southampton, England.  The decks were lined with over 2200 people waving to the gathered crowd. who were all there to see this historical event. The RMS Titanic had gotten a ton of press from the moment her keel was laid, and everyone was interested in seeing this huge ship set sail on her maiden voyage. During this time in history, the world was not quite into the 20th century, and there was a certain naivety to everyone. The famous Mark Twain had given a name to this era in time, called the Gilded Age, because mankind had a certain arrogant attitude. Mankind was prospering in ways it had never before, and even the great Mother Nature herself could not touch the greatness that man suddenly had. Things such as the automobile were in an assembly line production thanks to the brilliance of Henry Ford, and other greats feats of man were happening in the United States. Was this the end of Mother Nature? Did mankind truly prove to be the dominant force in the universe? While anyone during the time period might respond with an overwhelming yes, the answer was no, and the 2200 people aboard the RMS Titanic were about to find out just how powerful Mother Nature truly was. Some of the 2200 people that boarded the biggest ship in the world, were about to pay with their lives for the arrogance of mankind.

1. The Titanic Is Found in 1985

BobballardWhen the mighty RMS Titanic sank in 1912, the world was in shock, and that spelled the end of the so-called Gilded Age. What was next? How was the world going to be now that everything had changed literally overnight? Once things had settled down, and the world began to move on from the horrific tragedy of the Titanic, the news then became, who was going to find it? Could the RMS Titanic ever be found, and raised from her watery grave? Within a few months of the sinking, there were plans in the works to bring the Titanic, and the search was on for her, but no one was able to locate her. It would take decades for the right technology to be created. It was not until 1985, that the right man, with the right technology, would be the one to find the Titanic in her final resting place. Dr. Robert Ballard, who represented the Woods Hole Institute, with the help of the US Navy, would be the ones to find the great ship. When Ballard found the Titanic, the world got the fever, and it has been infected with it ever since. Dr. Robert Ballard is the one who first explored the lost ship, sent pictures of her tattered remains to the world, and she has been making the news consistently ever since.

2. A Titanic Celebration for the 107th Anniversary of the RMS Titanic Sinking

April 15, 2019, is the 107th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic. To commemorate such an occassion, the city of Cohn, Ireland, marked the special occasion with a ceremony. What is so specail about Cohn, Ireland? What people may not know, is that when the RMS Titanic set sail from Southampton, England, she made a couple of stops before she headed out across the North Atlantic. The first stop the Titanic made was the night of April 10th, when she stopped at Cherbourg, France. The next stop was the city of Queenstown, Ireland, but later on, it was renamed Cobh in 1920. There were 123 residents of Queenstown that boarded the Titanic that fateful day, and for the anniversary, the town wants to pay tribute to the ship and its fallen residents.

CobhIrelandMemorialOn Sunday, April 14, 1912, the ceremony will begin at the Titanic Memorial Garden, which is located on the waterfront, and from that point, the final place the Titanic anchored before she headed out to the open sea. A wreath will be placed on the glass memorial wall, which bears the names of the 123 passengers that were on the unsinkable ship that fateful night.  There will be a parade from Old Town Hall at Lynch’s Quay to the Titanic Memorial located in Pearse Square. At the Titanic Memorial, the names of the passengers from Queenstown that died are listed there, and out of 123 passengers, 79 were killed when the Titanic struck the iceberg and sank.

 

Those that boarded the Titanic were looking for a better life in a new country with all of their hopes and dreams packed into whatever bags they could carry.  Some of the passengers that boarded the Titanic were from all walks of life, and whether they were from America, France, or Ireland, they all wanted to experience adventure on the open sea. However, on the night of April 14,1912, the most amazing ship in the world, hit an iceberg, and slowly sank into the North Atlantic. Despite everything that the crew tried to do, the ship slipped into the black water, and over 1500 people lost their lives. Ever since 1912, there have been ceremonies every year to pay tribute to those who lost their lives on that fateful day, and people will continue to learn lessons about the biggest ship in the world that set sailed from England, but never made it to New York City.

 

 

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titanic-museum-bransonMissouri has long been a mecca for Titanic historians, both amateur and expert. The famous museum there features artifacts, special exhibits and a variety of original information about the ill-fated ocean liner, which struck an iceberg and sank in the early-morning hours of April 15th, 1912. Now there is a new Titanic exhibit less than two hours away from the Branson Titanic Museum, in Joplin, MO. This new attraction, which will only run for a short time, is being offered by a private collector who will then raffle off some of the items for a good cause, making the trip from Branson well worth it if you are planning a visit for early April, 2019.

1.  A Collection Like No Other In the World

IsmaycartoonThe new Titanic exhibit, which is now on display at the Joplin History and Mineral Museum, features artifacts collected by the gallery’s president, John Shirley. Shirley hopes to educate the public about the ship and its rich history, which has always been a source of interest for people all over the globe. Perhaps it is the beauty of the ship itself and the stories of the human condition that resulted from the sinking, in which 1,503 people lost their lives. Some of the survivors’ names have gone down in history as well, including socialite Molly Brown and the often-reviled Bruce Ismay, one of the original designers of the ship, who abandoned Titanic during the sinking and who was largely blamed for the disaster by the the American and English Titanic inquiries. Ismay became a recluse, and disappeared from public life after the disaster.

This display, which will include about 50 items from Shirley’s private collection, has never been seen before. Some items are directly from the ship itself, including a vial of preserved rusticles that were taken from the wreckage. These formations are appearing all over the ship as it is reclaimed by the North Atlantic, where Titanic lies in pieces. Some experts believe that these rusticles, which contain bacteria that are consuming the remains of the ship, will devour it completely over the next few decades.

2.  Documenting History of the World’s Worst Maritime Disaster

One of the most fascinating pieces in Shirley’s collection is a record of the ship’s Irish workers, many of whom worked in the bowels of the ship to stoke its massive engines with coal. These boards do not contain names; instead, they feature the shipbuilder’s emblem and the serial number assigned to each worker. At the start of the day on board, the ship’s timekeeper would note which employees would show up and record the hours worked. These boards were also how workers obtained the tools they needed to perform their daily tasks, which makes these artifacts so unlike any others that have been on display at past exhibits.

titanic-new-movie-Titanic-wreckShirley says these boards are an important artifact for understanding the shipbuilding and seafaring industry and that he tried to assign names to the serial numbers to discover their identities. Sadly, however, the Titanic Museum in Dublin informed Shirley that most of the workers’ records had been lost or destroyed, so the numbers are all that remain.

Survivors are also being documented in Shirley’s collection, including Millvina Dean, who was the last survivor of the Titanic tragedy to pass away. Dean had no memories of the actual sinking, as she was only two months old when she and her family boarded the ship, but she did have many memories of her mother’s own recollections. Dean died in May of 1999 and is memorialized in a portrait that is featured in Shirley’s collection.

3.  Amazing Auction Opportunities for Titanic Historians

MillvinaDeanShirley’s exhibit, which runs through April 20th, will also feature a few raffle items that he hopes will raise money for the museum. For fans of James Cameron’s Titanic film, an autographed cast photo will be up for grabs, which is sure to grace any film buff or autograph hunter’s collection. Shirley will also be raffling off a photo of the ship as it looks today, along with a piece of wood, coal and a rusticle that came directly from the wreckage. The winners of these items will be announced at the close of the exhibit.

If you want to add a bit of panache to your visit, you can attend a reception at the museum on the final day of the exhibit, April 20th, from 3-5 p.m. You will have the chance to mingle with other guests and learn more about the museum and its president’s dedication to the memory of the Ship of Dreams.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Those who have always dreamed of boarding Titanic will soon get their chance, or at least a closely-replicated experience of it. A replica of the ship, which has been under construction in China since 2016, is finally starting to take shape. However, unlike the Titanic replica being funded under Australian businessman and politician Clive Palmer, this model will be permanently dry-docked in China for display purposes only. While this may not sound exciting, there is actually a great deal more in store for those who plan to visit this replica upon its completion.

1. A Shaky Start 

This massive Titanic replica is the brainchild of Su Shaojun, who is currently president of Seven Star Energy Investment Group in Lishui, Zhejiang Province, which is located in southeastern China. Shaojun has always been a big fan of James Cameron’s Titanic and began to consider building a realistic replica of the doomed ocean liner as part of a theme park he’d been planning. ClivePalmer1Shaojun began to realize his dream when he approached Zheshang commercial bank for a whopping $200 million loan to help fund it. By 2016, he was able to launch the project, and construction on the replica began. However, several years later, the project was hampered by rising steel costs and employees who were unhappy about undelivered wages. For a few months, it looked as if Shaojun’s dream might die before being realized.

2. The Dream Goes On

Fortunately, for the president of Seven Star Energy Investment Group and all those who dreamed of stepping aboard this callback to a time when mighty steamships ruled the oceans, economic factors changed and work on the Titanic replica resumed. Today, the ship, which is said to have cost $220 million to construct, is taking shape on the banks of the Qijiang River. While the ship will sit in drydock, those who visit it will thrill to the details they experienced from the beloved film, including an exact copy of Titanic’s grand staircase, where Jack and Rose had some of their most romantic and unforgettable moments. titanic2-1Shaoujun had a few ideas for his replica that would give visitors both a historical and Hollywood experience. For example, he and his team had originally planned to simulate the ship’s sinking as an interactive theme park experience; however, after receiving severe backlash from the public and from families who lost ancestors on that ill-fated voyage, he scrapped that idea and decided to make the replica the epicenter of a massive resort that he hopes will draw people from all over China and beyond.

3.  What Does the Future Hold For Titanic 2?

Shaojun hopes to raise a theme park around his Titanic replica, including the addition of hotels and indoor beaches. However, the ship will be the crown jewel of the attraction, where people can stay in majestic staterooms, just as the original passengers did. There will also be interactive tours of the ship’s grand staircase and boiler room to replace the plans for the ill-advised disaster experience. Eventually, the massive replica will be able to hold 2,400 passengers and over 900 staff, and Shaojun hope that those who visit will remember what Titanic represents to many people and that he and his company can capture the noble spirit of the original. While no date for the resort’s opening has been set, Shaojun has revealed that visitors to his Titanic will be able to enjoy on-board restaurants, a full-service bar, a ballroom, and a full-size movie theater. These amenities, along with the ship’s hotel rooms, are sure to draw thousands of curious and excited Titanic enthusiasts. One thing is certain: no matter what this amazing replica offers its visitors, they are sure to come away with an experience they will likely never forget.

What do you all think about Titanic 2?  Would anyone want to visit her? Are many people willing to pay so much money to visit her whether she is above or below water? A trip to see Titanic 2 may come at a high price, which begs the question… is it live or Memorex? Are Titanic historians even interested in this second new version of Titanic? What about Clive Palmer? There are a lot of questions being asked about whether this project will actually come to fruition, or will it once again fail to see the light of day?

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