100th Anniversary of Titanic

I’ve mentioned it before (a few times in fact) that I am definitely obsessed with the Titanic.  Not the film, the actual ship.  I am a true history buff and love to learn about people from past times.  I even majored in History, only to change my major to English toward the end of my college career.  With my travels, I have found that I have a heartfelt connection to certain places and periods of time.  One of these places is Bodie, CA.  I haven’t blogged about Bodie, because to be frank, I’m not sure anyone would understand or share my passion and obsession for the place.  More on Bodie later.  The Titanic is another one of these places for me.  

Now, of course we all know I haven’t stepped foot on board the Titanic.  But, for some reason I can’t explain, I have a connection to the history of the ship that won’t go away.  It’s been that way for me since high school.  I mentioned in a previous post that I did a paper on the ship and it’s sinking.  Ever since then, I can’t seem to find out enough about the history of the ship, it’s engineers, the people onboard, etc.

With the 100th anniversary of the sinking coming up on the 14th, there is a wealth of information out there right now.  I just purchased a Time special edition of the wreckage.  It’s amazing.  You should get yourself a copy for sure.  There is a fabulous website that contains everything you ever wanted or needed to know about the ship.  It’s called RMS Titanic, Inc.  There are traveling exhibits all over the world that display artifacts from the wreckage.  If you’re in California, like I am, there is an exhibit going on at the San Diego Natural History Museum.  I plan to get there as soon as possible and blog about my experience.  In the meantime, here are some fun facts I found about the Titanic.  I hope you enjoy learning about the ship I have come to love.
 –On the evening of April 14, the first-class passengers on the Titanic enjoyed a ten-course meal that included oysters, poached salmon, sirloin of beef, lamb with mint sauce, chocolate éclairs and waldorf pudding. According to Armchair World, a different wine was served with each course, and coffee and cigars accompanied by port and distilled spirits were available with the last course.

 The Titanic had its own newspaper. According to the Natural Science Center of Greensboro, The Atlantic Daily Bulletin was printed daily and included news articles, the latest stock prices, horse-racing results, society gossip and a daily menu.

The massive ship had some unheard of amenities. A Discovery Channel article details perks such as an onboard Turkish bath, libraries, a squash court and a heated swimming pool. The luxury liner even had an infirmary with an operating room.

While the Titanic boasted some of the wealthiest people in the world on board, two famous men of that era didn’t make the trip. According to Discovery.com, financier J. P. Morgan and famed chocolatier Milton S. Hershey had planned to sail aboard the ship’s maiden voyage but canceled at the last minute.

Many artifacts from the Titanic were salvaged. The Titanic Museum in Massachusetts houses The Titanic Historical Society’s collection, which includes a lifejacket, lifeboat flag, luncheon and dinner menus, a square of first-class stateroom carpet, letters and postcards written on board, first class china and a bridge bell.

The last remaining survivor of the Titanic died in 2009. Millvana Dean was only nine weeks old and the youngest passenger on the ship when she was put on a lifeboat and saved. According to The Guardian, her death at age 97 came just a month after “Titanic” stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet helped pay her nursing home expenses.

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  1. I’m obsessed too! We have a small museum in my town (we were built as a steel cmpany town) and this spring there is a Titanic exhibit. One of the members of the family members of the steel company was on board!

  2. I love this post! Such great facts! If we can swing it, I think I’m going to a Titanic Museum in Tennessee next week. (I was a history major too, but changed to political science my last year and kept history as my minor. I love this stuff).

  3. I am obsessed with the Titanic as well. Any tv special about it i have watched, i have tons of books, i grabbed the national geographic with the titanic on it for the 100th anniversary. I built a huge model ship with my dad when i was younger. I love all things titanic. My friend went to Ireland two years ago and got to visit the ship yard and where she was built, i plan on going in the next few years/ so i totally understand about the having a connection.

  4. This is a great piece! I work in Greensboro and haven’t had the chance to see the exhibit at the Natural Science Center. I may have even missed it, but I will definitely want to try to see it.
    I can certainly understand your connections. I have similar connections with places I have never lived.

  5. I loved this! I’m a nerd for Titanic history. The movie- sure, it’s cool, but history, COOL history, is, well…cool! Thanks for the bits of trivia and info on the ship. I enjoyed reading it.

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