More than a hundred years after its tragic maiden voyage, the RMS Titanic still continues to fascinate people around the world. I’ve been lucky enough to visit a number of places that have a special link to that ill-fated ocean liner.
The Titanic embarked from Southampton on its maiden voyage on 10th April 2012. Many of the crew members came from that town, and more than five hundred households there lost a family member when the ship sank. The SeaCity Museum contains a collection of artefacts related to the Titanic, and there are two memorials in the town centre to staff on the Titanic. One is dedicated to the engineers and the other to the musicians. They all perished in the disaster.
Titanic’s last port of call was Cobh in Ireland, which at that time was called Queenstown, a port close to the city of Cork. That was the last sight of land for those who perished, and the town still retains many old buildings. Most of the Irish immigrants boarded the ship there.
Titanic Experience is a museum in the former White Star Line ticket office, right beside the cruise terminal.
As you sail away from Cobh, you can see a memorial that was built to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the tragedy.
Belfast in Northern Ireland is where the Titanic was built, at the Harland and Wolff shipyards. Now the Titanic Quarter is a major tourist attraction in the city. That includes Titanic Belfast, a huge immersive museum dedicated to RMS Titanic. In the same location is Harland and Wolff’s drawing office and the historic slipway where the Titanic was built and launched.
At the same site, you can also visit the Nomadic, a tender built for the ship.
Halifax, Nova Scotia
After the sinking, three ships were sent from Halifax, Nova Scotia to retrieve bodies. Fairview Lawn Cemetery is where 121 victims of the Titanic are buried. They represent a significant proportion of the 300 bodies retrieved from the icy waters at the site of the disaster. A small number are buried in two other local cemetries. 100 people were buried at sea and 59 others who came from wealthier families were transported home by train.
The Maritime Museum in the downtown area has an impressive collection of relics from the Titanic, including a deck chair. There is also a display about the retrieval of bodies and the tremendous impact this had on the city.
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