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Latest Titanic News July 2012

Titanic Exhibit In San Diego(21 Jul 2012, OCRegister)

Museums around the world are marking the anniversary of the April 15, 1912, incident, made even more famous by the 1997 movie "Titanic." A major local commemoration is the virtual voyage at San Diego Natural History Museum. When you buy a $27 ticket aboard the Titanic, you are assigned the name of an actual 1912 passenger and walk through exhibit galleries that explain how Titanic came to be, some of the personalities aboard the vessel's celebrated maiden voyage, how she met her demise and how artifacts being salvaged from the ocean floor are keeping Titanic's legacy alive. You view some 200 artifacts, including passengers' personal belongings, raised from the deep. The exhibit runs through Sept. 9.

Clive Palmer reveals detailed plans for Titanic II(17 Jul 2012, Herald Sun)

The outspoken businessman said a casino would most probably be restricted to first class passengers only to ensure those who could not afford to lose money didn't. "There'll be some sort of screening (process)," Mr Palmer said. We'll be in international waters so we'll probably be able to stop pensioners coming without breaching any legislation." He said the replica of the ill-fated Titanic would feature a number of key differences including the addition of a "safety deck" with "proper lifeboats".

As Titanic's Discoverer Does Research At Sea, Armchair Explorers Can Watch Online(16 Jul 2012, Washington Post)

Bob Ballard, who discovered the Titanic in 1985, is a shipwreck-finding machine. Now you can watch his crew search for ancient wrecks through the eyes of the machines that do the real work. This summer, as Ballard and his exploration ship Nautilus sail the Black and Mediterranean seas, armchair explorers can watch online atwww.nautiluslive.org. As a rotating crew of 100 scientists and educators search for Byzantine-era ships and sample ocean life, live video from two remotely operated vehicles — the classically named Hercules and Argus — will take viewers to the seafloor in real time. Outfitted with a high-speed data link, the Nautilus is the only exploration ship in the world bringing the public along for the ride.

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Halifax Served As Final Port For Many Titanic Victims(15 Jul 2012, Nashua Telegraph)

We stood in a light misty rain at the bottom of a gentle rise at the upper end of the Fairview Cemetery in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Ahead of us, four rows of mostly identical gray granite markers curved inward to come to a point at the top of the rise. Our tour guide, a gentlemanly, kilt-wearing Scotsman named Doug, said the curve was deliberate, to indicate the prow of a ship. Each marker bears the date April 15, 1912, the date these 121 people died on the steamship Titanic. Each marker has a name, if known, and many aren’t, and a number that indicates the order in which the body was found. Since some bodies were so badly damaged that they were buried at sea and some were removed by family members, the numbers exceed the 149 buried in Halifax. Perhaps being there in the rain was appropriate: It’s a sad place, but a well-kept, revered spot.

Unsinkable Molly Brown's 145Th Birthday Shared With Community, Family(15 Jul 2o12, Denver Post)

It wasn't the woman in the white Victorian gown and satin gloves who drew the most looks at Molly Brown's 145th-birthday celebration Sunday but the woman in a red shirt and jeans — Brown's great-granddaughter. Helen Benziger, 61, joined the crowd celebrating her great-grandmother's birthday at the Molly Brown House Museum in Denver. "This is the most amazing thing that she could have dreamed of," Benziger said. "She would love it if she knew that this many people, a hundred years later, still came here and held her in such great esteem." The event included children's activities, tours of the home — saved from demolition in 1970 — historic presentations and cake.

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Premier Exhibitions 1Q Profit Up, Attendance Rises(12 Jul 2012, Businessweek)

Premier Exhibitions, known for its 'Bodies' shows and Titanic exhibit, posted a 9 percent jump in first-quarter net income as it held more events and operated on more days during the period. The Atlanta company earned $1.2 million, or 2 cents per share, for the three months ended May 31. That compares with $1.1 million, or 2 cents per share, a year earlier. Revenue rose 19 percent to $11.5 million from $9.7 million.

Washington Post Receives 'Adorable' Letter From Fifth Graders Correcting Mistake In Titanic Story(11 Jul 2012, Huffington Post)

After publishing an April roundup post of Titanic books, Washington Post contributing editor Dennis Drabelle received the most adorable correction ever from an unlikely source -- a fifth grade class from Burning Tree Elementary School in Bethesda, Md., Poynter reports. Drabelle had initially written that Titanic collided with the iceberg on April 15 -- something the youngsters refuted with an adorable correction written on a large letter. “Based on our research,” wrote Mrs. Reed’s fifth-grade class, “the Titanic hit the iceberg shortly before midnight on April 14, 1912.” Whoops!

Rare Titanic Rescuers' Medal Up For Auction(10 Jul 2012, This is Bath)

The medal is believed to be the rarest of its kind – only a few were made and the one being sold by auctioneers Aldridge & Sons in Wiltshire later this month is the most senior to be sold. It was given to the Carpathia’s second officer, James Bisset and is a gold medal of thanks – it’s only the second gold medal to be offered for sale anywhere in the world in the past 25 years. “It’s thought to be the most senior officer’s medal ever to go under the hammer,” said Andrew Aldridge, from the Devizes firm.

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Ready For A Titanic Feast?(9 Jul 2012, The Sunshine Coast Daily)

Food and wine lovers with a sense of history will be in their element from Monday July 30 to Sunday 5 August when the 'Titanic Culinary Journey' sets sail at Palmer Coolum Resort. The lavish menus from the world's most famous ship, the RMS Titanic, will be lovingly recreated by Palmer Coolum Resort's skilled chefs during a romantic culinary celebration that will encapsulate breakfast, lunch and dinner at the resort's sumptuous restaurants. While guests indulge their tastebuds from the delectable menus, imagery and entertainment will complete the experience by showcasing the extravagance that was so prevalent in maritime travel during early 1900s.

Memorial Plaque For Titanic Workers(7 Jul 2012, Belfast Telegraph)

A memorial plaque in tribute to eight shipyard workers who lost their lives during the construction of the Titanic has been unveiled. First Minister Peter Robinson unveiled the memorial erected outside the club rooms of Harland and Wolff Welders’ Football and Social Club in east Belfast.

New Exhibit Gives Residents Up Close Look At Titanic(7 Jul 2012, WACH)

The South Carolina State Museum has a new Titanic exhibit; which has been a popular one so far this summer. The exhibit includes over 100 artifacts found from the actual ship wreck; from dishes to clothing to purses; even beds. There is also a movie showcasing how it was built until it sank. Another unique feature is a fake iceberg for people to touch. It shows just how cold the water was that froze most of the passengers to death.

Titanic Discoverer Locates Turkish Pilots Shot Down By Syria(4 Jul 2012, Telegraph.co.uk)

The discovery of the two corpses on the seabed could help to settle an argument over whether the plane was shot down in international airspace or over Syrian territorial waters. Turkey recruited the services of Robert Ballard, a renowned oceanographer who discovered the wreckage of the Titanic in 1985, to locate the remains of the F-4 Phantom and its two missing crew members. The bodies of Gokhan Ertan and Hasan Huseyin Aksov were located by the MV Nautilus, an American deep-sea exploration vessel led by Mr Ballard. The boat is now attempting to retrieve the remains of the two men. The wreckage of the plane itself has yet to be found. Turkey will hope that its retrieval will boost its case that Syria shot the aircraft down deliberately and without warning in international airspace -- although it has acknowledged that the plane probably drifted into Syrian waters when it crashed.

Titanic Souvenirs And More At Old Museo Maritimo(3 Jul 2012, ABS CBN News)

Video of Titanic artifacts and related items at Old Museo Maritimo in Pasay City, Phillippines.

Titanic tragedy remembered in special events

The 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic is being remembered at events across the world, including in the ship's birthplace Belfast.

A Titanic Memorial Garden - with the names of 1,512 victims etched on five bronze plaques - is being opened close to where the liner was launched.

A service is being held in Southampton where the voyage to New York began.

And at the North Atlantic site of the sinking, memorial cruise ship Balmoral is marking the time it hit an iceberg.

The ship has arrived at the site where the Titanic sank 400 services miles (460km) off the coast of Newfoundland on 15 April and passengers and crew are holding commemorations to mark the tragedy.

Another cruise ship, Azamara Journey, has sailed from New York to take part in the ceremony.

Descendants of the victims are expected at the services, and will lay wreaths and join in a minute's silence in memory of all those who died.

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The ABC remembers Titanic 100 years on.

Australia's ABC has put together a great collection of Titanic resources to help commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of Titanic.  

There are numerous images, videos, articles and resources from 1912 and today.  I strongly recommend taking a look at this for a range of high quality Titanic content including the casualty lists of who went down with the Titanic? Examine 10 hastily typed fatality reports from the time.  Access it here.

200,000 Titanic-related records are published online

Titanic Titanic leaving Southampton on its maiden voyage

 

More than 200,000 records relating to the Titanic have been published online to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the ship's sinking on 15 April.

The documents provide information about survivors and the 1,500 people who died, including a number of wills and hundreds of coroner inquest files.

The collection has been gathered by the subscription-based family history website Ancestry.co.uk.

However, access to the Titanic records collection is free until 31 May 2012.

The Titanic, which was built in Belfast, sank in the Atlantic Ocean after hitting an iceberg during its maiden voyage to New York.

The records include the ship's official passenger list, which shows the names, ages and occupations of those on board the ill-fated liner.

It also details the nationalities, positions and addresses of the ship's crew which had more than 900 members.

'Tragic'

The last will and testament of Titanic's captain, Edward J Smith, is among the documents which can be accessed online.

Captain Edward John Smith The will of Edward John Smith is included in the online collection

The wills of wealthy American businessmen Benjamin Guggenheim and John Jacob Astor can also be viewed on the site.

All three men lost their lives in the disaster.

Members of the public can search through more than 329 coroner inquest files and records of the 330 bodies that were recovered at sea.

Titanic wreck to gain UNESCO protection

Titanic wreck to gain UNESCO protection

Updated April 06, 2012 12:01:16

The wreck of the Titanic will this month come under UNESCO protection, as it has now been lying at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean for 100 years.

The British liner sank in international waters and so comes under no state's protection but, after a century, wrecks fall under the jurisdiction of a 2009 UN Convention on the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage.

"From now on, state parties to the convention can outlaw the destruction, pillage, sale and dispersal of objects found at the site," UNESCO said, in a statement from its Paris headquarters.

"They can take all possible measures within their power to protect the wreck and ensure that the human remains there are treated with dignity."

The passenger liner hit an iceberg on its maiden voyage across the Atlantic, sinking to almost 4,000 metres in waters off Newfoundland on the night of April 14, 1912, with the loss of 1,514 people on board.

It was and remains one of the worst peacetime shipping disasters in history, and this year's anniversary is being marked by several cultural and historical events in Britain and the United States, its intended destination.

The wreck was rediscovered in 1985 thanks to advances in submarine technology, and historic artefacts have since been recovered.

"The sinking of the Titanic is anchored in the memory of humanity and I am pleased that this site can now be protected by the UNESCO Convention," UNESCO director general Irina Bokova said.

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Titanic: Kate Winslet and James Cameron at 3D premiere

Oscar winner Kate Winslet and director James Cameron are in London for the red carpet premiere of a new, 3D version of Titanic.

Winslet shot to worldwide fame after starring in the original 1997 film alongside Leonardo DiCaprio.

Director James Cameron said he was "plucked off my expedition ship" for the premiere, following his recent deep ocean descent off Pacific island Guam.

He told the BBC he thought of the epic movie as "a timeless classic".

The 3D conversion would allow fans to "revisit" the box-office blockbuster, he added.

"The big thrill of it isn't just the 3D," he said, "it's bringing it back to the big screen, where it has a lot more emotional impact".

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Kate Winslet Kate Winslet played upper class socialite Rose DeWitt Bukater

The movie, which took two years to film, saw Winslet play upper class socialite Rose DeWitt Bukater opposite DiCaprio's third class passenger Jack Dawson.

Until the release of Avatar in 2009 - also directed by Cameron - Titanic was the most successful movie ever, with global takings of $1.843bn (£1.14bn).

Avatar went on to make $2.77 billion (£1.76 billion).

Speaking of the 3D conversion, Cameron said: "More than ever, you feel you're right there going through all the jeopardy that Jack and Rose go through."

"The 3D kicks the whole experience up to another level."

He added he would consider 3D versions of his other movies, including the first two Terminator films, if they were considered economically viable.

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Titanic: Underwhelming reviews for television drama

A scene from ITV1's Titanic The first outing of ITV1's Titanic beat the conclusion of period rival Upstairs Downstairs in the ratings

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Julian Fellowes' Titanic drama has received largely lukewarm reviews from critics after Sunday's first episode aired on ITV1.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Sarah Crompton said: "There was both too much and too little to concentrate on, and no-one to care about.

"If I were forced to judge Titanic on this one episode alone, I'd call it a damp squib," she continued.

The four-part drama coincides with the centenary of the liner's sinking.

Ms Crompton added: "But having seen part two, I can assure you it gets better."

It stars Linus Roache, Celia Imrie, Geraldine Somerville, Toby Jones and the newly announced Doctor Who companion, Jenna-Louise Coleman.

'Over-hyped'

The mini-series has been generating huge interest following the success of Fellowes' Downton Abbey on both sides of the Atlantic.

And it attracted a strong audience, beating the final episode of 1930s drama Upstairs Downstairs on BBC One, which aired at the same time.

Upstairs Downstairs had an average audience of 4.4 million, while Titanic's average was 7.4 million, according to overnight figures.

Times critic Andrew Billen said that he struggled with the speed of the opening episode.

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Titanic: What really happened

National GeographicTHE sinking of the Titanic was one of the 20th century's great dramas, a mystery that has confounded scientists and historians for decades.

 New photos of the ship that sank 100 years ago on April 15, on its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York, will be published in the April edition of National Geographic Magazine for the first time giving a sense of what the wreck looks like today.

The photographs, shot by independent research group Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, provide a greater understanding of what happened on that fateful day.

The photos are the by-product of a multi-million dollar, two-month expedition that used a number of different approaches to get never-before-seen views of the wrecked ship.

For much of August and September 2010, explorers used robotic vehicles to sweep the 5km-by-8km site, scanning images that were later combined to produce the first shot below.

Side-scan and multibeam sonar was used to store the minute details of the ship and to evaluate what has changed since previous exploratory expeditions.

During these sweeps, the robots stored "ribbons" of data, with the products of the repeated attempts then collected together and observed as a whole unit.

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Belfast wagers on Titanic's unsinkable appeal

By Jill Lawless

The Titanic departs Southampton, England, on her maiden Atlantic Ocean voyage to New York in 1912.

To most of the world, the name Titanic means tragedy, spiced with romance, sacrifice and luxury. But in Belfast, where it was built, the doomed ship is a triumph of industry, enterprise and engineering.

The city hopes the rest of the world will soon see it that way, too.

Northern Ireland's capital, scarred by 30 years of Catholic-Protestant violence and mired in Europe's economic doldrums, is gambling on a gleaming new Titanic tourist attraction to bring it fame beyond the Troubles - and a renewed sense of civic pride.

Tying the city's name to a sinking ship is not, apparently, a problem.

"What happened to the Titanic was a disaster," said Tim Husbands, chief executive of Titanic Belfast, a £100 million (NZ$193.5m) visitor attraction due to open on March 31, in advance of the 100th anniversary of the ship's sinking. "But the ship wasn't."

Colin Cobb, a Titanic expert who leads walking tours of the docks and slipways where the great ship was built a century ago, puts it even more succinctly: "Tragedy plus time equals tourism."

Celebrating the ship and its builders is the aim of Titanic Belfast, a shiny new "visitor experience" - don't call it a museum - whose four prow-like wings jut jauntily skyward beside the River Lagan on the site of the former Harland and Wolff shipyard.

Titanic, then the world's largest, most luxurious ocean liner, left this spot on April 2, 1912, eight days before its maiden voyage from England to New York.

The vessel touted as "practically unsinkable" hit an iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland and sank in the early hours of April 15, 1912. More than 1500 of the 2200 people on board died.

Belfast mourned - and then, for decades, kept quiet about its link to the tragedy.

"When she sank, it was a huge shock for the city," said Susie Millar, whose great-grandfather Thomas Millar was a deck engineer who perished aboard the Titanic.

"For years and years it wasn't discussed. But now, coming up to the 100th anniversary, we've rediscovered that pride in the ship and we're sharing those stories again."

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80,000 Titanic Belfast Tickets Sold

Almost 80,000 tickets have been snapped up to tour the world's largest Titanic attraction when it opens in two weeks.

Operators of the £90 million Titanic Belfast, which has been built in the derelict shipyard where the ill-fated liner was constructed a century earlier, say they are delighted with the interest the centre has generated.

They have also revealed that their banqueting suite, which is themed on the White Star Line's first class dining facilities, has already had almost 200 bookings, representing £1 million of business.

After three years in construction - the same time it took to complete the Titanic - the eye-catching building, already an icon on the Belfast skyline, is on course to open on schedule, ahead of April's centenary of the sinking.

As workers add the finishing touches to the six-storey venue, which at 90 feet is the same height as the Titanic's bow, the owners have given a sneak preview of what waits in store for visitors on opening day on March 31.

The centre, which hopes to attract 425,000 visitors in its first year, tells the story of the Titanic through nine separate galleries, each devoted to a different aspect of the tragedy.

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New Titanic Mini-Series from Downton Abbey Creators

Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes has finished production on a four-part miniseries called Titanic, which will premiere on ABC this April.

Let heaven and angels sing Hallelujah.

Along with virtually every other thing that is happening in April, the series' debut is set to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic.

This review of the show in the Guardian comes as close to saying the program is straight up exactly like Downton Abbey as one can come without actually saying that. In other words: look for it to be alternately frustrating and amazing and expecting you to fawn all over it when it shows up to tea wearing ugly hammer pants.

Oh, there is one twist:

In an innovative, but not entirely successful move, viewers will watch the boat begin to sink at the end of each episode, as Fellowes retells the story from different characters' viewpoints. Who survives the tragedy, however, is not revealed until the final episode.

The Guardian review notes that this effect is "sometimes confusing," but that is definitely not going to stop everyone you know from watching.

Full Titanic wreck site is mapped for 1st time

This composite image, released by RMS Titanic Inc., and made from sonar and more than 100,000 photos taken in 2010 from by unmanned, underwater robots, shows a small portion of a comprehensive map of the 3-by-5-mile debris field surrounding the stern of the Titanic on the bottom of the North Atlantic Ocean. (AP Photo/RMS Titanic Inc.)

(AP) SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine - Researchers have pieced together what's believed to be the first comprehensive map of the entire 3-by-5-mile Titanic debris field and hope it will provide new clues about what exactly happened the night 100 years ago when the superliner hit an iceberg, plunged to the bottom of the North Atlantic and became a legend.

Marks on the muddy ocean bottom suggest, for instance, that the stern rotated like a helicopter blade as the ship sank, rather than plunging straight down, researchers told The Associated Press this week.

An expedition team used sonar imaging and more than 100,000 photos taken from underwater robots to create the map, which shows where hundreds of objects and pieces of the presumed-unsinkable vessel landed after striking an iceberg, killing more than 1,500 people.

Explorers of the Titanic — which sank on its maiden voyage from Southampton, England, to New York City — have known for more than 25 years where the bow and stern landed after the vessel struck an iceberg. But previous maps of the floor around the wreckage were incomplete, said Parks Stephenson, a Titanic historian who consulted on the 2010 expedition. Studying the site with old maps was like trying to navigate a dark room with a weak flashlight.

"With the sonar map, it's like suddenly the entire room lit up and you can go from room to room with a magnifying glass and document it," he said. "Nothing like this has ever been done for the Titanic site."

The mapping took place in the summer of 2010 during an expedition to the Titanic led by RMS Titanic Inc., the legal custodian of the wreck, along with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Falmouth, Mass., and the Waitt Institute of La Jolla, Calif.

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They were joined by other groups, as well as the cable History channel. Details on the new findings at the bottom of the ocean are not being revealed yet, but the network will air them in a two-hour documentary on April 15, exactly 100 years after the Titanic sank.

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'Titanic' pier in Cobh could collapse if funding not found for preservation

A RANGE of events is being organised in Cobh this year to mark the centenary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic , but one of the most tangible links between the town and the historic ship is in danger of being lost.

A 19th century wooden pier in Cobh, formerly Queenstown, where 123 passengers boarded tenders taking them to the Titanic , is in a perilous state and some experts are warning that unless funding is provided the pier is likely to collapse.

Some uncertainty remains over the ownership of the pier, known locally as the Heartbreak or White Star Line pier, which was used by generations of emigrants who left Ireland from Cobh.

While the nearby White Star Line office has been renovated and turned into a visitor attraction, uncertainty remains over the future of the wooden pier.

Maritime historian Vincent McMahon says the pier is hugely significant in historical terms. “In the past, tenders always carried passengers from this pier out to large liners.

“Passengers went through the office, now the Titanic Experience, walked onto the pier and then got on to tenders and were brought out to their ships.” Mr McMahon says Cobh has been slow to preserve such an important aspect of its maritime past.

“I can never understand how this wasn’t top of the agenda for years. In Belfast they are restoring everything they can in relation to the Titanic. 

“There has been uncertainty in Cobh over whether or not the pier belonged to the White Star Line building, or to the shipping lanes. Nobody has been able to prove who owns it,” he says.

“I feel it should be retained or restored in some way, bearing in mind that in 1912 the last passenger to board the Titanic walked out over those wooden planks.”

Marc Anderson, project director of Titanic 100 Cobh, which is planning a series of commemorative events, says: “I believe that pier should be protected. I know some persons are looking into it, but as far as I know it is currently at a stalemate.

“It is a very important piece of Titanic history and a very important piece of Cobh history and it shouldn’t just be allowed fall into the water.”

At present, the pier is not on the register of protected structures and Cobh Town Council says it has no funding available to carry out any works to the pier, which could cost upwards of €350,000.

Town clerk Pádraig Lynch says the council is looking at what funding options are available.

Grandson of Titanic survivor tells his story in Coventry

Phillip Littlejohn

Phillip Littlejohn

THE grandson of a Titanic survivor was in Coventry yesterday to share his grandfather’s harrowing story.

Phillip Littlejohn has joined the Titanic Heritage Trust to hold a series of talks in the city on what really happened on the night the infamous ship sank.

Phillip’s grandfather, Alexander James Littlejohn, was a first class steward on the ship.

He survived when he was told by one of the chief officers to row one of the lifeboats to safety.

Phillip, who is a patron of the Coventry-based Trust, said: “Before Cameron’s Titanic film there were only the enthusiasts who were interested in it, but the film generated the public interest, and since then I have tried to tell people about the real stories.

“My grandfather always described himself as fortunate but like most Titanic survivors he didn’t talk about it.

"That was so typical, especially of the men who survived because they felt they shouldn’t have survived when women and children were still on board.

"Grandfather didn’t tell any stories. He didn’t even tell my father so the only way we knew anything was from the newspaper account.”

The only time Phillip’s grandfather spoke about his survival was during a detailed interview with the Daily Telegraph newspaper in May 1912.

He died in 1949 when Phillip was five.

Now Phillip uses the newspaper article to hold talks and lectures on what his grandfather had to say about that tragic night when more than 1,500 people died.

Phillip is also the only relative of a Titanic survivor to have dived down to the ship wreck site. “Going to the wreckage was amazing,” added Phillip, 68, from Maidenhead, Berkshire.

 “I have studied the ship so often so I knew what to look for when I got down there but I didn’t expect to see so many shoes.

“Everybody would put their shoes outside their cabins for cleaning so when the ship split in half the shoes poured out.

Titanic Merchandise for the 100th Anniversary

Ultimate Titanic has recently opened its Titanic Merchandise store.  Here you will find a huge collection of Titanic Memorabilia including books, clothing, home wares, jewellery, Music and video and heaps more.

Did you know that you can actually purchase an authentic Titanic Dinnerware set made by Royal Derby the exact same company that produced the original crockery for Titanic 100 years ago.

Treat yourself or buy a gift for a friend to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Titanic Sinking in our online store. 

100th Anniversary of Titanic to Be Marked with Special Cruises

By Jason Gallagher | Yahoo! Contributor Network – Tue, Jan 10, 2012

 

Of all the newsworthy travels in the history of the travel industry, perhaps none is as famous at the voyage of the Titanic. As USA Today reports, 2012 is a special year for Titanic because the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the colossal ship will take place on April 15. Not to let the anniversary pass without any type of notoriety, at least three separate cruises will honor the Titanic.

What cruises are scheduled for the Titanic?

The MS Balmoral will depart from Southampton, England, on April 8, and follow the exact route the Titanic followed to New York; however, as Titanicmemorialcruise.co.uk states, that particular cruise is sold out. According to the website, a mini-cruise will also depart Southampton, with stops in Liverpool and Belfast, which are two important cities to the Titanic. However, a third cruise will depart April 10 from New York, exactly 100 years after Titanic sailed from Southampton.

What activities will take place on-board?

According to MSNBC, experts will be lecturing on various Titanic topics. As the article indicates, a few of the lecturers have personal ties to Titanic. In addition, menu items that were prepared on Titanic will be served on the new cruises, as AOL Travel reports. As the MSNBC article indicates the cruises were designed to replicate the experiences of the passengers on the original Titanic. In addition, the report states 1,309 passengers will be on the MS Balmoral, which is the same number the Titanic carried.

What is taking place to honor the victims of the disaster?

The MSNBC report states both ships will make stops in Halifax, Nova Scotia, to visit the cemetery dedicated to unclaimed victims of Titanic, and both will make stops above the final resting place of the ship in the Atlantic Ocean as well. However, the article also states passengers will also be allowed to honor the memories of family members in their own way.

Are there any other Titanic related events?

The 100th anniversary of the tragedy will be marked in several different ways. According to SFGate.com, perhaps the most notable nontravel related Titanic event is the April 6 release of a 3D edition of the classic "Titanic" movie, and an auction featuring 5,000 artifacts from Titanic will also be held on April 11. Between the auction, movie and special cruises, 2012 will be a special year for family and friends of any victims or survivors of the disaster.

Jason Gallagher is a former travel professional with a decade of experience in the industry. He remains an avid traveler and hotel fan with exposure to technology and trends in properties across the United States.