100 Years of Titanic Tragedy: “Not Even God himself Could Sink this Ship”

Posted on: April 10th, 2012 at 10:19 am by

The following was written by Allison B. Siegel. As urban historian, preservationist and educator, Siegel focuses on 18th through early 20th Century NYC, bringing her penchant (and obsession) for history and adventure to everything that she researches.

Not even God himself could sink this ship.”

— Employee of the White Star Line, at the launch of the Titanic, May 31, 1911

 

When deciding whether or not to furnish my version of the history for this gargantuan tragedy, it was glaringly obvious that in this case, less is more. That is, you don’t need me to tell the story you already know.

So in lieu of that, here are some commemorative events taking place across the globe to mark the 100th year since the Titanic descended to the bottom of the Atlantic.

From the Associated Press:

There are replica ships in Tennessee and Missouri, graveyard tours in New York and Nova Scotia, traveling exhibits from Las Vegas to Atlanta, and two brand new museums in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and Southampton, England. Hotels and restaurants are serving Titanic dinners, and ships are even heading to the disaster site – including an anniversary cruise that slashed prices last-minute from nearly $5,000 to $1,000. Here’s a roundup of notable Titanic events and attractions here and abroad.

Both museums will have special ceremonies April 14 marking the anniversary, and they’re also sponsoring a Coast Guard cutter to take 1.5 million rose petals to the North Atlantic site where the ship sank. The cutter will leave Boston April 10 and joins several commercial cruises in the area for the occasion.

And from Premier Exhibitions, Inc., the company that brought you “Bodies: The Exhibition,” Titanic exhibits are also on display at the Luxor Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, the Natural History Museum in San Diego, The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich., on International Drive in Orlando, at Union Station in Kansas City, at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, and opening soon at Atlantic Station in Atlanta.

Many hotels and restaurants are offering Titanic-themed packages and menus. The St. Regis Atlanta is hosting “100 Years & 100 Bottles,” an April 10 reception featuring champagne, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres inspired by the last dinner aboard the ship. A $95, 10-course Titanic menu at the Blackfish restaurant in Philadelphia on April 15 includes oysters, squab and poached peaches. Molly Brown’s great-granddaughter will attend a six-course Titanic-inspired meal April 14 at Denver’s Oxford Hotel.

If you can’t make it to Belfast, Southampton, or even Pigeon Forge or Denver, don’t worry. Your chance to take part in the anniversary is coming to a theater near you with the April 4 re-release of Cameron’s movie, now in 3-D.

Want more? Check out other events here.

And in the grand tradition of exploiting tragedy, on April 11, 2012, if your bank balance ranges in the multi-millions… you can own Amy’s bracelet or some poor soul’s diamond ring raised up from the Titanic’s wreckage in Davy Jones’ locker.

Those were salvaged from the wreckage and are amongst many other artifacts up for auction in NY.

(sigh).

Whatever you do to commemorate this Centennial don’t forget to pour some out for the victims, raise ’em up to the survivors and say a prayer for their families:  May G-d keep you on this one hundred years passed and hundreds more to come.

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  • Michaelsiegeloffsite

    You made 100 years come alive for me. I felt the fear, disbelieve, panic, heroism, so many more feeling you are a gifted writter and I’m so fortunate to found this site and my friends want me to thank you as well. I’ve been sharing your link.
    Can’t wait to read what’s next from you.

    Florence Greenberg