"" Writer's Wanderings: Remembering the Titanic

Monday, April 16, 2012

Remembering the Titanic

Many of the places we have visited that were a part of Titanic's history, have memorials and historic places preserved to tell the story and remember those whose lives were lost. Southampton has a trail to follow with monuments dedicated to many of the crew. Along the way you also see the buildings such as the South Western Hotel, what is left of the train station, the White Star Line building, etc.

Belfast is where the Titanic was built. It is now restoring the area in the shipyards and will have a memorial park there in a few years.

Cobh which was called Queenstown when the Titanic stopped there was the last port of call before she began her fateful journey. The Cobh Heritage Center has quite an area dedicated to the Titanic story.

But the most moving memorial in my experience was the crossing we made on board the Queen Elizabeth 2. It was one of her last and though we didn't know it at the time, it coincided with the 96th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. Below is the video of the moving ceremony as our ship slowed and a wreath was lowered into the water over the spot where the Titanic lays.

The good news of the Titanic, as told to us by retired Commodore Warwick, commodore of the Queen Mary 2, who lectured on the QE2 cruise was that because of her disaster, there are now rules and regulations in place for safety drills, lifeboat capacity, and even a better warning system for wayward icebergs. The cost was great but the lives lost have contributed to safer seas for all of us.

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