viernes, 15 de abril de 2011

Titanic sinking anniversary - 14th / 15th April 1912

A day like this one, at this time, the most famous ship in History was sinking in the middle of the ocean, carrying away many souls to the depths forever. It is one year left to commemorate the first 100 years since its disaster. That is going to happen next year (in 2012, the same year as the Olympic Games in London - you can imagine the special events that Irish and British will do to commemorate this historic tragedy-). Today it is the 99th aniversary.
Image from the 'Titanic Experience'

Route and location of RMS Titanic

Captain Edward J. Smith, captain of Titanic

Titanic on her way after the near-collision with SS New York. On the left can be seen Oceanic and New York.

General arrangement of the 16 main compartments of Titanic. The double bottom was 7 feet high and divided into 44 watertight compartments. There were additional 13 small compartments above the tank top, e.g. for the shaft tunnels.[132

Sinking of the Titanic by Henry Reuterdahl, drawn based on radio descriptions.
Set of images from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
RMS Titanic was a passenger liner that struck an iceberg on her maiden voyage from Southampton, England, to New York City, and sank on 15 April 1912. She struck the iceberg four days into the crossing, at 23:40 on 14 April 1912, and sank at 2:20 the following morning, resulting in the deaths of 1,517 people in one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in history.
The largest passenger steamship in the world, the Olympic-class RMS Titanic was owned by the White Star Line and constructed at the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast, Ireland. She set sail for New York City on 10 April 1912 with 2,223 people on board. The high casualty rate resulting from the sinking was due in part to the fact that, although complying with the regulations of the time, the ship carried lifeboats for only 1,178 people. A disproportionate number of men died due to the "women and children first" protocol that was enforced by the ship's crew.
Titanic was designed by experienced engineers, using some of the most advanced technologies and extensive safety features of the time. Adding to the ironic nature of the tragedy is the fact that the liner sank on her maiden voyage. The high loss of life, the media frenzy over Titanic's famous victims, the legends about the sinking, the resulting changes in maritime law, and the discovery of the wreck

Titanic cruise to mark anniversary of ship's fateful voyage
The Titanic anniversary cruise will feature the same route, an identical menu and the same number of passengers as the 1912 voyage Photo: AP
Image taken from here.
If you want to feel a similar experience (but not the sinking, of course!)  ;-) you can join in the 'Titanic Experience', where a new liner (the 'Balmoral liner') will depart from Southampton on April 8, 2012. Tick here if you want to read the information in Spanish. You can ask for a tiket at:
The Titanic at Southampton - Departure.

Comparative of size (Person-car-bus-Airbus A380-Titanic). From Wikipedia.
This is the Balmoral ship. Picture taken from here.
If you are interested on a more 'modest' but very interesting experience, maybe you would like joining in the commemorative chat about the Titanic between the 14th and the 15th, April.
I also found a spectacular site with incidents happened to ships in all around the world. There you can find images like these (which are from the Balmoral ship):
The new can be read at a digital newspaper here.
Are you still willing to go on a cruise? I better would stay inland...

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