Saturday, April 14 will mark the 100th-year anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic on her maiden voyage across the Atlantic Ocean. Over 1,500 lives were lost in the tragedy.
Titanic, the grandest ship the world had ever seen up until that time, was the pinnacle of man’s achievement. She captured the minds of passengers and was described by some as a “floating palace.” And now, 100 years later, she still captures the minds and hearts of people all around the world.
Her legacy combines the perfect amount of corporate greed and engineering genius. Corporate greed that said running her full speed into an ice field was a good idea, and engineering genius fitted her to be the strongest and safest ship.
James Cameron, who wrote and directed the box office hit Titanic in 1997, has re-released his masterpiece in 3-D for the centennial anniversary of the doomed ship.
For those who haven’t seen the movie, I highly recommend going to see it. Actually, I demand it. You must go and see it. It’s more than a simple story of two star-crossed lovers; it’s a story about survival, fate and awe-striking reality. Combined the world’s grandest ship and the worst possible situation the ship could face, that’s Titanic. And there’s plenty of action for the thrill-seekers.
For those who are interested in the story and the recovery of artifacts from the underwater grave site, there is also a Titanic Exhibition at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan running until September 30 you could check out. Actually, I demand you do that, too.
Photo by Wikimedia Commons.