With the turning of the calendar to January and the year 2012 people interested in the R.M.S. Titanic will find an increase of information on the sunken liner and events to attend.
That's because the year 2012 marks the 100 year anniversary of the sinking of the White Star liner in the early morning hours of April 15, 1912. The ship and her fate continue to fascinate, largely because of the large-scale horror that took place that night with 1,522 passengers and crew losing their lives.
2012 R.M.S. Titanic Events
There will be a plethora of Titanic collectibles to buy and a search of online sites devoted to the R.M.S. Titanic reveals you'll be able to buy calendars, stamp collections, commemorative coins, books, film and lots more. Events will be taking place, many in Belfast, where the ship was built, in England, where her maiden voyage launched, and in New York, the destination she never reached.
A random sampling of some of the events taking place in 2012 to mark the 100 year anniversary of the ship finds events ranging from a commemoration ball, lectures in many cities, exhibitions and an 8 night memorial cruise that leaves from New York and travels to the Titanic's resting place.
Titanic Commemorations in Cobh, Belfast, New York
The Titanic 100 Commemoration Ball in Cobh (Cork Harbor), Ireland, the last port of call for the ship, is on Feb. 18, 2012. The ball, with 500 guests, a band and a menu that reflects the food served on the ship during her voyage, launches a series of events taking place throughout the year in Cobh.
In Belfast, where the Titanic and her sister ship, the Olympia, were built, there is already a part of the docks where the ship was constructed called The Titanic Quarters. A massive new Titanic Museum is scheduled to open in March, complete with a building designed to replicate the ship, all part of what's called 'Belfast's Titanic Signature Project' . That display includes photos taken by Robert Ballard, who lead an expedition back to the ship in 2011 to supply the new pictures. There will be dozens of special events in Belfast throughout 2012.
And New York is where the memorial cruise will launch (there's also an already sold-out cruise launching from Southampton). The New York cruise leaves April 10 and will include lectures and films onboard, period costumes and meals and a 100 year memorial ceremony at the site of the ship's sinking. That is one of the more highbrow events, requiring serious money.
Titanic Maritime Disaster: Lack of Lifeboats
The ship was the world's largest passenger liner when she sailed from Southampton. She struck an iceberg 4 days into her voyage in the frigid waters of the Atlantic and 2 hours and 40 minutes later was headed to the ocean floor. There were 2,223 passengers onboard and lifeboats for only 1,178 with many spaces in the 20 lifeboats not filled; the first lifeboat launched had a capacity of 65 but only 28 onboard.
On May 31, 2009 the last surviving Titanic passenger died. Millvina Dean was 9 weeks old during the ordeal. Her mother and brother survived along with her but her father went down with the ship.