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RMS Titanic April 12, 2012

Posted by Fritz in Yachts and other things that float.
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It’s been nearly 100 years to the day that the Titanic struck an iceberg and sunk taking 1,514 souls to the bottom of the north Atlantic.  After leaving Southampton on April 10, 1912, Titanic stopped at Cherbourg in France and Queenstown (now Cobh) in Ireland before heading westwards towards New York and her fateful encounter on the 15th.

This past January I was in Belfast, Northern Ireland and went to the Harland and Wolff shipyard where the vessel was built. The shipyard still exists and is the home to a new museum dedicated to the ill-fated ship. The museum was hastily being made ready for its grand opening on March 31 so I was not able to get inside.

Titanic museum - Belfast, Northern Ireland

I’m leaving today for a tour convention in The Republic of Ireland but unfortunately won’t get up to Northern Ireland to visit. I’m sure the local news will be abuzz with all the hoopla. The legend and legacy has only grown over the years. Oceanographer Bob Ballard’s discovery of the ship’s location in 1985 and subsequent TV specials have fed the world’s fascination with the ship. Now, 100 years after the event, she is as popular as ever.

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