Wednesday, April 14, 2010

It was 98 yrs. ago the Titanic sunk!



Today is April 14, 2010 and it was 98 yrs. ago April 14, 1912 the Titanic sunk. I couldn't believe it was so many years ago! Jenny, my younger daughter reminded me of this date. She said so many lives were lost and this day should never be forgotten and she is right! The Titanic was such a grand oceanliner, but all the riches in the world couldn't save this fated ship from sinking.

Titanic surpassed all her rivals in luxury and opulence. The First-class section had an on-board swimming pool, a gymnasium, a squash court, Turkish bath, Electric bath and a Verandah Cafe. First-class common rooms were adorned with ornate wood panelling, expensive furniture and other decorations. In addition, the Café Parisien offered cuisine for the first-class passengers, with a sunlit veranda fitted with trellis decorations. There were libraries and barber shops in both the first and second-class. The third class general room had pine panelling and sturdy teak furniture. The ship incorporated technologically advanced features for the period. She had three electric elevators in first class and one in second class. She had also an extensive electrical subsystem with steam-powered generators and ship-wide wiring feeding electric lights and two Marconi radios, including a powerful 1,500-watt set manned by two operators working in shifts, allowing constant contact and the transmission of many passenger messages. First-class passengers paid a hefty fee for such amenities. The most expensive one-way trans-Atlantic passage was US$4,350 (which is more than US$95,860 in 2008 dollars)

I remember watching the movie, Titanic with Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet and thinking how this single tragedy changed so many peoples lives. Take a moment to remember all of those that were lost.

6 comments:

Mary said...

Wow, I didn't realize it was the anniversary. Such a tragedy.

Darlene said...

I remember this day for both the Titanic people who lost their lives and my best friend who passed on this day 3 years ago. It's a sad day.

I've always been fascinated by the story of the Titanic. How sad that those boats didn't go back and get more people. So many more could have been saved. Every time I watch any kind of program on it, it will still make me cry.

Roses and Lilacs said...

It certainly was a terrible tragedy. I remember the musical The Unsinkable Molly Brown and was interested to learn that is how she got her name. I really liked that movie.
Marnie

Brenda Leyland said...

Interesting posting. I've always had a fascination with that whole story.

I have to share that a number of years about (about 12), my family and I were taking a little cruise down our river in the city on a a river boat. And it was a beautiful summer's day as people milled about the deck enjoying the sun and fun of being on the river.

All that to day, as it turns out, that very day, we were sitting next to an elderly woman who, it was later discovered, had been a survivor of the Titanic. She was just 6 months old and apparently she'd been tucked into a leather mail bag and rescued.

Your posting reminded me of that very pleasant and interesting day.

Florence and Mary said...

Your so right it should not be forgotten... every time I watch the film I think of how many people were affected.

Victoria xx

MoonlightStarSong said...

Actually it's 99 years to the date Titanic scraped an Ice Berg and went down, not 98. This day next year marks the 100th anniversary of her sinking and the relaunch of James Cameron's Titanic in 3D!


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