100 years ago today.
Man, in an ultimate show of ego, believed he had outdone nature.
But he couldn’t. He couldn’t outrun the “what ifs” of weather, and icebergs…
100 years ago today is when the most famous maritime disaster of all time…happened.
Iceberg meets the underbelly of a ship in the North Atlantic on a maiden voyage.
Even as it was happening, people couldn’t believe it.
Not in the ballroom, not in the cabins, not in the control tower, and not in the newspapers back home long after the great ship settled on the ocean floor.
Amazingly enough, the stories of that fateful night seem to transcend time.
To say the least, I am an avid follower of the history of the Titanic. I’ve managed to watch quite a bit of the cable network channels’ shows over the years, some including interviews from survivors, while others detailed the domino of mistakes that lead to the sinking. A more recent show on The Weather Channel described the rare conditions that existed for the ship to meet its tragic fate.
And, I’m a follower in the most hallowed way.
HOWEVER, we here at the Friday Fun Fact command center were more than a bit perplexed by a recent news item regarding an event, or adventure, if you will, honoring the 100th anniversary of the tragedy.
A passenger ship, carrying 450 Titanic “enthusiast” set sail from South Hampton on the same route taken by the Titanic. The ship is scheduled to be at the site of the sinking of the Titanic on the anniversary date, paying honor and respect to those who went down with the mighty ship.
Can we take a moment to think about this one before jumping aboard?
First, let’s take a brief look at history:
- RMS Titanic sinks April 14, 1912
- Titanic 2, a sailboat sinks in June, 2011
- HMHS Britannic, sister ship to the Titanic, sunk November 21, 1916, after being struck by a torpedo
- Even a fictional ship, the Titan, sank – 14 years before the Titanic
The thinking here is that if the ship is related in any way to the Titanic, it is probably wise to avoid it. And yet, 450 people are heading right into the porthole of potential déjà vu!
I am as fascinated as the next person in retracing the steps, or in this case wake, of history to guestimate what may have been going through the minds of those actually participating in an experience. But here’s the thing – there’s no way out on this one! If the passenger ship goes down, you are still out in the middle of nowhere in the cold North Atlantic. Nothing has changed! There’s no resort built next to spot where the Titanic went down! Gilligan’s Island is not located near by!
And here’s another thing: Murphy’s Law & Hard Luck can combine to be the corner address of anywhere! Trust me – I know! We think we have all the bases covered, but do we really? If so, then why did Greek passenger ship Sea Diamond sink on a beach earlier this year?! Anything can happen!
If you’re going honor a tragedy, we respect that. And in doing so, in this case, we suggest doing it by not heading to the North Atlantic…
Tunes of the Week:
Rest In Pieces (April 15, 1912) – Metal Church
I’m Not Going Down With The Ship – Scatterbrain
My Heart Will Go On – Celine Dion
The Ballad Of Gilligan’s Island – George Wyle & Sherwood Shwartz
Row, Row, Row Your Boat – English Nursery Rhyme
Raise A Life-Preserving Glass!
May Your Saturday Sail Along Into Sunday!
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