Sunday, April 15, 2012

RMS Titanic 100 Years

One hundred years ago today, at 2:20am in the morning,
 history would be changed forever.

 RMS Titanic was the largest ship afloat at the time of her maiden voyage.
She struck an iceberg and sank in the Atlantic Ocean, causing one of the deadliest maritime disasters in history.

The disaster was greeted with worldwide shock and outrage at the huge loss of life.
Public inquires were conducted in Washington DC, USA and London, England.
As a direct result of this tragedy, major improvements in maritime safety eventually led to and established in 1914, the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), which still governs maritime safety today.

Titanic - Unknown child's shoes

One hundred years,  a long time - yet not.
Growing up and well into my 20's, I remember hearing news of Titanic survivors here and there.  
They were in the newspapers or on TV.  So the great accident didn't seem that long ago to me. 

Vancouver Titanic survivor, Bertha Marshall in 1985

 In a small way it was personal to me,  I witnessed the survivors talking of their experience.
Older maybe, but nevertheless, the Titanic survivors.
I think of how this tragedy will be view 100 years from today.

The wreck of the great ship is buried some 12,000 feet under the Atlantic Ocean.
 Within the next 100 years, will it be raised out of the water?  No longer embedded in its watery grave.
My entire life, I have always felt it should remain where it is.  Now however, I am not so sure.

 Throughout history, ships and battleships have ended up at the bottom of the sea.
But with this particular tragic ship, should it be left there?
It seems that even 100 years after the disaster, the history of the Titanic continues to haunt the world and curiosity regarding the fate of the ship remains insatiable.
Immediately after the sinking, there was much discussion on raising the ship, but at that time they did not have the technology, let alone even find the location of the sunken ship.
Maybe if we raised the Titanic out from the water, the world can find some sort of peace, closure.
Will the wreckage site even survive another 100 years under the sea?

While suggestions have been made to raise the Titanic, as of yet she remains in the exact location where she finally came to rest 100 years ago, April 15, 1912.

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1 comment:

  1. It is still upsetting seeing artefacts like the little shoes, even 100 years on.
    I had a very pleasant surprise this morning. I was contacted by the great-nephew of the local man I blogged about.