Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Titanic

It is one hundred years today since HMS Titanic was launched from the Harland and Wolff shipyards in Belfast. Everyone has heard of the iconic Titanic and its tragic sinking off Nova Scotia on 15th April 1912 with the loss of 1500 lives.

But today - at just after 12noon - a service is being held to commemorate its launch'

A few years ago now the farmer and I went to Halifax Nova Scotia and to the graveyard where the Titanic victims were buried. It is a sad place. The gravestones are set in the form of a boat and they include two children who nobody claimed so have no names. That makes the whole place even more sad.

9 comments:

missing moments said...

A sad day and event, indeed.

Heather said...

It is still very sad today to think of all those people setting off on a wonderful voyage and never reaching their destination. Everyone must have been appalled on hearing of the disaster.

angryparsnip said...

It is a sad day because the trip started off with such hope and joy.

Today is a great day for me because my granddaughter was born on the 31st a year ago.

cheers, parsnip

Shirley said...

I've long been fascinated with stories of the Titanic and was reading, recently, on another blog, that a reunion of sorts is being organized for the survivors and the posterity of those who perished, to take place next April. It was on a genealogy site but I can't recall which one.

Tess Kincaid said...

Horrific event. I lost two great-great uncles on the steamship Sultana, killing more Civil War soldiers than were lost on the Titanic.

Tom Stephenson said...

Did you know that the survivors were taken to the Hotel Chelsea in New York?

Titus said...

Still an event that absolutely captures the attention, and imagination, of the world. A Night to Remember, indeed.

steven said...

even now with all that has passed, 1500 leaves me reeling! steven

Gwilym Williams said...

Pat, about "HMS"? This designation means (Her Majesty's Ship) i.e. ships of the Royal Navy. It'll be designated otherwise I think.