103 years ago today, the world’s largest and most luxurious ocean liner, R.M.S. Titanic, sank on her maiden voyage. Over 1,500 of her passengers and crew died on a cold, dark and terrifying night in the far reaches of the Atlantic Ocean. It was a horrendous tragedy and the death toll heart-breaking. Entire families were lost, sons, husbands, and fathers, small babies, toddlers, and teens, newlyweds, husbands and wives, the bread-winners of families in Ireland and England…people from 41 countries…the young, the old, the middle-aged, the rich, the poor, and those in between. The world was shocked and appalled by the sinking. In many ways the sinking of the Titanic was the Edwardian equivalence of the horrific events of 9-11.
First Class Cabin
3rd Class (steerage) cabin
the Goodwin Family, just one of many families that were lost
For a comprehensive understanding of the Titanic, her passengers, and crew visit encyclopedia-titanica.org/
Most folks are probably familiar with James Cameron’s 1997 multi-Oscar winning film Titanic starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio. The sinking serves as a backdrop for a fictitious story of star-crossed lovers. Its historical accuracy and authenticity have been questioned but it tells a good story and probably captures much of the feel of what the experience must have been like. Another Titanic film, sans the distracting love story, is the 1958 film A Night to Remember based on the book of the same title by Walter Lord. Both the film and the book are a good starting point for folks who would like to learn more of the real stories of the event and the people.