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March 27, 2012

April 15th, 2012, marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic.

This massive ship, hailed as ‘unsinkable’, was built in Belfast, Ireland.  Her maiden voyage from Southampton England, to New York, ended in tragedy when she hit an iceberg.  Apparently, this caused many of the rivets along the side to fail (according to “What really sank the Titanic : new forensic discoveries‘ by Jennifer Hooper McCarty & Tim Foecke), and Titanic sank to the bottom of the freezing Atlantic Ocean within a few hours.

Of the 2,206 souls on board, only 703 made it into the 18 lifeboats. 1,503 people drowned.   Of the 703 saved, 315 were men, 336 were women, and 52 were children.  All 1st & 2nd class children were saved, but only a third of the 3rd class children.  210 of these survivors were crew.  (Source: Titanic, lost & saved)   Read about it from the viewpoint of a crew member in the memoirs of stewardess Violet Jessop (see link below).

If you are fascinated by the heartbreaking story of Titanic,  try out these titles – many of which have been recently published:

Titanic – books and films



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