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.
My husband, John and I went to Ireland for our 25th Wedding Anniversary in 2004. We had an awesome trip and we will never forget it. We actually got to visit our friends who live in Northern Ireland. We spent 3 wonderful days with them! The picture above was taken when we visited The Ring of Kerry. The beauty of Ireland is just spectacular! If you ever get a chance visit there.
Megan is my oldest daughter. She and Ken were married on April 12, 2008. It was a wonderful ceremony and reception!