On Wednesday, April 10, 1912, in Southampton, UK, eight musicians boarded the RMS Titanic as second-class passengers. Their group ticket number was 250654. They were not employees of the White Star Line but were contracted to them through a company that placed musicians on many British liners – the Liverpool firm of C.W. & F.N. Black. Just five days later on April 15th, playing together for the first time, all eight continued to play in hopes of calming their passengers as the Titanic sank. All are considered heroes. [click to continue…]
As the first post on our series “Famous Ships that Sank”, we’re covering the famed German Battleship Bismarck. The shipwreck was discovered by none other than Robert Ballard (who also discover the Titanic) in 1989 about 3 miles below the surface of the Atlantic. [click to continue…]
Wallace Hartley, the son of a mill worker, learned to play music as a student at the George St Wesleyan School and later played at a local chapel where his father was choirmaster.
Survivors recount seeing the band playing even as water gushed on board, a scene which has been captured and recounted in most every telling of the sinking of the Titanic.
Hartley perished in the icy waters of the North Atlantic, along with 1,516 other people. [click to continue…]
The Titanic Quarter (TQ) in Belfast, Northern Ireland, has been labeled one of the world’s largest urban-waterfront regeneration projects. Created on the site where the Titanic was designed and built, TQ will eventually cover 185 acres. A 30-year project, it combines residential, commercial, retail, educational and tourism space. The first phase opened in March, 2012, approximately 50,000 people will live and/or work there as well as the millions who will annually visit the Titanic attractions. Below you can find details about some of the attractions featured within the Titanic Quarter.
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In a recent interview from the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography, Robert Ballard, the discoverer of the Titanic, touched on a number of interesting subjects, some related to the Titanic, others going beyond that. [click to continue…]