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.
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Story by Clarke Canfield – Associated Press
With the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic coming up in April, there has been a surge of interest in the history of the ship and the aftermath of the sinking. Halifax, Nova Scotia is the final resting place of many of the people who’s bodies were pulled out the icy Atlantic Ocean. Debra Black of the Toronto Star writes about the the renewed interest in Halifax.
“Canada’s Maritime Provinces are always a beautiful destination, but the region will be in the spotlight next year as it commemorates its connection to the Titanic and the 100th anniversary of the ship’s sinking,” reports CNN Travel.
Nova Scotia Tourism couldn’t be happier with the news that Halifax in conjunction with the rest of Atlantic Canada made the list.
“We’re thrilled,” Kristi Wenaus, acting director of marketing for Nova Scotia Tourism, told the Star. “We’re not surprised though. We know Titanic 2012 is a huge global story and we believe Nova Scotia has a very significant piece of that story to tell. Our rich and authentic maritime culture sets us apart as a tourism destination, and the Titanic story is part of our rich maritime history.”
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Five days after the passenger ship the Titanic sank, the crew of the rescue ship Mackay-Bennett pulled the body of a fair-haired, roughly 2-year-old boy out of the Atlantic Ocean on April 21, 1912. Along with many other victims, his body went to a cemetery in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where the crew of the Mackay-Bennett had a headstone dedicated to the “unknown child” placed over his grave.
When it sank, the Titanic took the lives of 1,497 of the 2,209 people aboard with it. Some bodies were recovered, but names remained elusive, while others are still missing. But researchers believe that they have finally resolved the identity of the unknown child — concluding that he was 19-month-old Sidney Leslie Goodwin from England.
Though the unknown child was incorrectly identified twice before, researchers believe they have now conclusively determined the child was Goodwin. After his recovery, he was initially believed to be a 2-year-old Swedish boy, Gosta Leonard Palsson, who was seen being washed overboard as the ship sank. This boy’s mother, Alma Palsson, was recovered with the tickets for all four of her children in her pocket, and buried in a grave behind the unknown child.
Story by Wynne Parry; Photo by Chris Meunier
Tomorrow[April 15th] will mark the ninety-ninth anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, which killed 1,517 people and remains one of the worst peacetime maritime disasters in history.
The ship, designed by some of Britain’s most experienced engineers, and boasting extensive safety features, sank in the early hours of 15 April 1912, just four days into its voyage from Southampton to New York.
The ill-fated voyage began on 10 April 1912, with Captain Edward J. Smith at the helm. Boasting a swimming pool, gymnasium, squash court and Turkish bath, the Titanic was unrivalled in luxury and elegance.
Compliant with the regulations of the time, the ship set off with lifeboats barely sufficient for half the 2,228 people on board.
Just four days later, at 11.40pm, the ship struck an iceberg 400 miles off Newfoundland, Canada. Less than three hours later the Titanic plunged to the bottom of the ocean.
The overwhelming majority of victims, who died of hypothermia, were crew members and lower-class passengers.
Story by Emma McFaron
He’s gone down in history as one of the 20th century’s greatest cowards for fleeing the foundering Titanic while women and children were still on board.
But a new play premiering in Belfast this week could cast Joseph Bruce Ismay in a new light.
The Man Who Left The Titanic tells the tale of the White Star Line owner who escaped the doomed ship on April 15, 1912 by stepping into one of its lifeboats and sailing away from the wreck and its hundreds of dying passengers.
The play, which premieres on Saturday as part of Belfast City Council’s two-month Titanic 100 festival, asks whether Ismay simply did what any of us would have done in the same circumstances or should his actions on that night consign his name to infamy.
After the ship hit an iceberg 400 miles south of the Grand Banks of Newfoundland and began to sink, Ismay was rescued in Collapsible Lifeboat C.
Story by Linda Stewart