Titanic Memorial Cruise, 100th Anniversary – News

By admin • News, Titanic Auction 2012, Titanic Memorial Cruise • 16 Apr 2012

Descendants of passengers and survivors on Titanic paid tribute to the 100th anniversary of Titanic sinking.  The events leads to the Titanic 100th anniversary started in Halifax, the port city of Canada, where ships had gone to retrieve bodies from the chilly Atlantic waters. This is also the place where 150 of 1,514 victims on the ship were buried.

The 100th Titanic memorial service has been marked with artists, museums and historians participated in preparations that started from March and will even go til May 2012 and beyond. You can also check out Titanic online passenger database.

The preparations were in full swing for Titanic centennial in countries like Britain, Canada, Northern Ireland and the United States. 100 years later, it has been the turn of MS Balmoral to go the same way from Southampton to New York and touch the place where the Titanic went down.

The Azamara Journey emulated a distress call that was sent out by the Titanic. “Have struck iceberg … We require immediate assistance,” read the message. “Have struck iceberg and sinking … We are putting women off in boats.”

During that time, passengers threw wreaths into the ocean at at 2:20 am (0520 GMT), the time that the ship sank, and where it all happened about 800 kilometers (500 miles) southeast of Halifax. 50 people on board of MS Balmoral actually have a direct family connection to the sinking.

One of them is a certain Patricia Watts, an 81 year old woman, retired teacher from Bristol, Southwest England. Her great-grandfather George MacKie, who died when he was 34, was a second class steward on-board Titanic.  The ship was built on North Irish capital Belfast, and was cruising along from the English port of Southampton on its maiden voyage towards New York where it hit the ice-berg in the North Atlantic.

There was a commemorative service at Belfast City Hall on Sunday, which was visited by relatives and descendants of those who died and politicians.  Each and every people who has been on the ship had their names recorded on a nine-meter plinth that bore five bronze plaques engraved with names of more than 1,500 victims of the disaster.  There has been no distinction between the first class and second passengers with their names listed alphabetically.

US oceanographer Robert Ballard, who discovered the wreck in 1985, delivered a memorial lecture at the new Titanic Belfast visitor attraction on Saturday.  He said watching Titanic wreck before his own eyes was an emotoinaly overwhelming moment. He saw the empty shoes, the leather was one part that did not perish. “Hundreds of bodies rained down, a showering of bodies,” he said.

On Saturday, April 15, 2012, more than 1500 candles were laid out in Lichfield, Central England at the foot of the statue of Edward Smith, who was the captain of Titanic. A short memorial service was held in  the Beacon Park, where 300 people attended, where the statue of the captain has been placed since 1914.

There was a commemoration on Belfast waterfront which brought together stars , technicians and musicians of Titanic, the famous James Cameron movie. There was also a Requiem for the Lost Souls at St Anne’s Church of Ireland Cathedral.

There were personal stories by historians and descendants of passengers on Titanic who talked about how the ship and its sinking touched their lives.  At the same time, there have been instances and interesting stories from people who have to tell about how their ancestors missed the ship.

Wendy Burkhart, a British Columbia resident said, “My great-great-grandparents, my grandmother and her sister were booked to travel on the Titanic. Their destination was Canada, where they wanted to start a new life. But then there was a family argument and it was decided to leave in the fall, rather than … spring. In short, we missed the ship”

In Canada, there was a long march with people carrying battery powered candles and going on a horse drawn carriage bearing a casket, and stopping at some memorable Titanic landmarks.   There was a perofmance at the City Hall with more than 20 local musicians and Canadians  participating.

Warren Ervine, a geological engineer whose uncle Albert at the age of 18 was the youngest member of the Titanic crew said, “My father was always very sad. Like people coming back from the war, they did not want to talk about it. I did not even know he (uncle Albert) was a crew member until 10 years ago. I looked for him on the passenger list.”

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  1. this is just sad, when I first saw the movie I cried so hard that my head was hurting so bad for 2 days. by the way I’m 9 years old. and I’m very smart. also I hope that I live be the same age as the last survivor of the titanic. GOD HAS BLESSED HER! I feel so happy for her!

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