Friday, April 13, 2012

Titanic 100: 
Our Journey Through Time



Titanic departing Southhampton, 12:00 PM on April 10, 1912                 Photo credit: National Museum of Northern Ireland



"Never, was the ill-starred voyage more auspiciously begun than when the Titanic,  newly crowned empress of the seas, steamed majestically out of Southampton at noon on Wednesday, April 10th, bound for New York."  
- Author L.T. Myers, May 1912
April 13, 2012 One century ago, the "empress of the sea" was steaming across the Atlantic on a date with destiny. Soon she will complete her voyage into  our history. 

For all those hearts which still go on for the triumph and tragedy of this story, our team has been commemorating the 100th anniversary, also called a "Centenary" with a special series  marking the original journey, and the lessons learned in the  topics shown. For teachers and students following our series, the next lead story on climate, weather and oceanography will be posted later this morning and linked in the headline below.

Introduction: Join our Voyage to Titanic 100 (3/10/12)

#1 (Truth) Why our hearts still go on for Titanic (4/10/12)
#2 (Trust) What secret did the real Jack witness? (4/12/12)
# 3 (Science) How the "forces of Science" changed history (4/13/12)
# 4 (Technology) High tides, low-grade steel & icebergs (4/14/12)
# 5 (Culture) Why late-night texting contributed to the sinking?

Closing: (Sacrifice) Was Titanic the "9/11" of 1912? What have we learned?



The haunting and evocative piano accompaniment 


Our opening story, "Join our voyage to Titanic 100" introduces our literary ports-of-call for this commemorative journey. We invite you to share your perspectives on the story. If interested, send your thoughts and name in a message to titanic100@footsforecast.org

Would you like to board our effort? We're seeking forecasters and enthusiasts alike from both sides of the Atlantic. Know of a student at a University in southern England? We would welcome a trans-ocean collaboration to share in the collective history of this event between our two nations. Contact us at info@footsforecast.org.

As Celine Dion so eloquently conveyed in the timeless soundtrack of James Cameron's 1997 film, the Titanic story "touches one time, and lasts for a lifetime."  There may be historians, educators and students among our readership whose heartstrings are pulled, even when name of the grand vessel is mentioned. Combine instrumental music with original imagery, and one hundred years later, some feel as though it was only yesterday.

Youtube video of original 1912 photography, with the 1997 soundtrack

What is your connection?

Perhaps you have a personal or historical connection with her lifetime lessons for our society? We would welcome you aboard to share your account. The real story of the Royal Mail Steamer Titanic* is still being written, and there's much left to be told. *Original footage from 1912 on Youtube

If your heart still goes on for this, we hope you will join us each week for this special series, or share it with those who never tire of the tales which are a part of being "Forever Titanic." 

Video compilation of footage from 1912 and 2004 by
Youtube fan of Titanic history and heritage

About the artist

Our Titanic 100 profile image is a 2008 Oil on Canvas by Forecaster Joey K. of Baltimore County, Maryland. Used with permission. Joey prepares the daily Sports Weather report in Facebook for our Central Maryland readers. A student at the Community College of Baltimore County, he is an avid storm chaser, photographer, sports enthusiast and penultimate "fusion forecaster." He plans to attend the University of Oklahoma to study Meteorology. 



3 comments:

Xander Lawson said...

What happened on that night was a tragic waste of hundreds of lives. It gets even worse if you think how the devastated the victim's families must have been. I mean, there wasn't even something like a philippine prudential life plan to fall back on back then.

Robert Thorne said...
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Robert Thorne said...

That is definitely not the way europe cruises are supposed to go. I mean, how could so many things go wrong all at the same time?