There were 1,517 people from over a dozen countries who perished in the icy waters of the North Atlantic 100 years ago on April 15, 1912 when the RMS Titanic sunk. At centenary events in N. Ireland and Canada on Sunday there were memorials to honor them.
The ceremonies in those countries had special meaning as Northern Ireland is where the ship was built and many victims were from, while Canada is where 150 bodies were taken for burial after being plucked from the sea. Another meaningful ceremony took place on the ocean above where the ship went down; there, wreaths were thrown to commemorate the tragedy and honor the dead.
Titanic Services: Halifax, Belfast and the Ocean
In Halifax where those 150 victims lay buried, the city has had numerous special events to mark the centenary. On Sunday, April 15, 2012 there were church services and a spoken word event that included photos and music; that event was held at a local library.
A ceremony in Belfast at a newly constructed memorial garden featured the first monument that has written upon it the names of all who died that night. Previous monuments often left off the crew and the 8 band members who are famous for playing while the ship sank.
And on the sea Sunday, the MS Balmoral, a cruise ship that followed the route taken by the RMS Titanic 100 years ago, leaving on April 10, the 100 year anniversary of the Titanic's departure from Southampton, England, stopped at the location over the sunken Titanic. There was a ceremony and 3 wreaths were thrown into the water.
Titanic Virtual Reality Tour
The sunken Titanic is 2 1/2 miles under the water some 640 kilometers (400 miles) off the coast of the Canadian province of Newfoundland. An expedition to the site in September of 2010 by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and RMS Titanic Inc. took extensive underwater photos of the debris field and will be producing a comprehensive 3D map. They will also produce a virtual reality tour of the entire area.