And the Voyage Continues: Titanic 100th Anniversary
At noon on April 9, 1912, RMS Titanic left Southampton, England, en route to America and sailed into history. A brief notice in the New York Times published that morning stated:
“Although essentially similar in design and construction to her sister ship, the Olympic, the Titanic is an improvement of the Olympic in many respects.”
The lethal encounter with the iceberg occurred just five days later, the night of April 14. The last wireless radio signals from the sinking ship were received at 12:27 a.m. the next morning. The New York Times reported:
“The Carpathia [the first boat on the scene] found only the lifeboats and the wreckage of what had been the biggest steamship afloat.”
Of the 2,228 passengers, only 705 survived.
Publicized by the White Star Line as unsinkable, the Titanic was heralded as a shining example of modern engineering and the advancement of mankind. That this invincible ship proved otherwise shocked the world.
A hundred years later, fascination with the doomed ship and the stories of her unfortunate passengers continues unabated. See our display honoring the memory of this tragedy by the staircase on the first floor.
Books and more on the Titanic:
- Titanic: legacy of the world’s greatest ocean liner
- Extra Titanic : the story of the disaster in the newspapers of the day
- The Last Log of the Titanic
- Molly Brown: Unraveling the Myth
- Sinking of the Titanic; World’s Greatest Sea Disaster
- The Story of the Titanic, as told by its survivors
- A Night to Remember
- Titanic (James Cameron’s motion picture, 1997; DVD)
- Titanic: The Complete Story (History Channel, DVD)