Wednesday, March 21, 2012

It will soon be the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.  I still can't believe that its back east here in Canada... off Newfoundland .... out there .. 2 miles down in the dark depths of the ocean.  I'm fascinated by it all and am definitely obsessed with it... as I am with Jack the Ripper.   There are some good documentaries coming out so I'm looking forward to seeing it all.   I did a lot of research today on the Titanic and Robert Ballard who discovered the wreck said it was "the shoes" that got to him and made him obsessed with it all as well.  The shoes that were down in the silt of the ocean ... still in their pairs .. a child's next to a mothers ...  Compelling reading if you have time to do some internet searching.  One can only imagine the jewels and the finery that was lost ..being worn by the people on board and the magnificent furnishings and cargo which included 20 or more vintage vehicles.  The statistics on it all are amazing.... Such a tragedy and so sad for all the relatives of the people lost. 

After leaving Southampton on 10 April 1912, Titanic called at Cherbourg in France and Queenstown, Ireland before heading westwards towards New York. On 14 April 1912, four days into the crossing and about 375 miles south of Newfoundland, she hit an iceberg at 11:40 pm (ship's time; UTC-3). The glancing collision caused Titanic's hull plates to buckle inwards in a number of locations on her starboard side and opened five of her sixteen watertight compartments to the sea. Over the next two and a half hours, the ship gradually filled with water and sank. Passengers and some crew members were evacuated in lifeboats, many of which were launched only partly filled. A disproportionate number of men – over 90% of those in Second Class – were left aboard due to a "women and children first" protocol followed by the officers loading the lifeboats. Just before 2:20 am Titanic broke up and sank bow-first with over a thousand people still on board. Those in the water died within minutes from hypothermia caused by immersion in the freezing ocean. The 710 survivors were taken aboard from the lifeboats by the RMS Carpathia a few hours later.

1 comment:

  1. I am also very intrigued and saddened by this. I wonder if perhaps we lived another life back in those times and that's why ... makes you think. I loved this post. Thanks.