Friday, April 15, 2011

99th anniversary of the Titanic disaster

When the IRS finalized April 15 as tax day in 1955, they may not have realized what an auspicious date they were choosing:  April 15 is the day Lincoln died in 1865, and the day the Titanic sunk in 1912 (and Gayle's mother Agnes Jensen died on this date in 1961).  Although we have no ancestral connections to the Titanic, this historical event has long fascinated our children.  

My second-great-grandmother Annie Hatch (a telegraph operator), did note its sinking in her journal at the time, saying, "We have just learned that the great ship Titanic struck by an Iceberg went to the bottom of the sea with 1300 souls only 868 saved.  Many Millionaires on the vessel."

Our son dressed up as Captain Edward Smith for Halloween as a toddler, my husband and I have visited the cemetery in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where many Titanic victims are buried, and recently our family enjoyed a "Last dinner on the Titanic" event in Orlando.

I wish we could go on the 100th anniversary Titanic cruise next year, but we may have to settle for just throwing dishes in my parents' pool and jumping in fully clothed :-)

Eliza at Titanic exhibit 7 years ago, Nathaniel as Captain Smith 5 years ago

Nathaniel with "Captain Smith"

Orlando Titanic staircase reproduction

Halifax monument to unknown child from Titanic

1 comment:

  1. I remember starting to read about the Titanic when I was 6. It is so fascinating, this story about how pride comes before the fall. An unsinkable ship, the finest in the world, destroyed by many little mistakes, taking 1,512 souls down to the bottom of the sea. And the images of the wreck contain an unmatched mystique: a pair of boots, marking where a body, now rotted, once lay; unbroken dishes in the sand; the prow of the ship, still majestic in its ruin; the haunting reminders of the lives that were lost.