How Will You Remember Titanic 100 Years On?


Image courtesy of Titanic 100 Halifax
Wherever you are in the world, chances are you're not going to be too far away from a commemoration event of some description. Here are what some of the more notable locations and organisations are doing around the world to commemorate the centenary and remember the ship, passengers and crew.

Some seem very touching, educating and respectful, others some may consider to be downright distasteful. So just how do we remember and commemorate the Titanic? What do you think? Personally I'm with noted Titanic survivor Eva Hart:

'She was such a beautiful ship, that's how people should remember her'
Eva Hart, survivor.

Britain's National Archives has launched a microsite dedicated to all things Titanic, including a timeline, eyewitness accounts and biographies of some of the passengers.

Harnessing the writing power of the creator of Downton Abbey, ITV has made a four-part mini-series, at a cost of £10 million with each episode of the series focussing on a different character.

Cobh, formerly known as Queenstown until 1922, the final port of call for the RMS Titanic is marking the centenary with a series of events from early April 2012, everything from Dinners to rowing challenges.

Halifax, Nova Scotia with its 3 Titanic cemeteries, its 24 Titanic sites including the recovery locations, the morgues and the Titanic scientific exhibit at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography, will be holding a vast array of commemorative activities including the unveiling of a new memorial, a 10 day wake, a film festival and a Titanic Banquet.

A new website called Titanic 100.com has been set up to sell replica commemorative items such as coins and the Heart of the Ocean necklace (with matching earrings) from James Cameron's 1997 film.

Belfast, Titanic's birthplace, will be commemorating the event with an extended annual festival from 31 March - 22 April. Belfast City Council has created a new memorial garden around the existing Titanic Memorial sculpture on the east side of Belfast City Hall. The garden will be unveiled following a remembrance service and this event is being hosted by Belfast City Council in conjunction with Belfast Titanic Society.

Considering itself to be "one of the world's most appropriate places for connecting with the Titanic story" Cape Race, the site of Marconi Station that received Titanic's distress signal on the night of April 14, 1912, will have local performers honour the musical heritage of many of the Titanic’s third class passengers with Irish and Newfoundland music in a kitchen party style event, similar to that seen in James Cameron's Titanic at 'Bridie Molloy’s Guinness Pub and Eatery'.

One of the most controversial commemorations of Titanic’s centenary will be performed at the site where she sank in the mid Atlantic. It forms part of the Titanic Memorial Cruise, a specially chartered voyage which will replicate Titanic’s route to the United States. The cruise has been organised by Bristol-based travel agency, Miles Morgan. 1309 paying passengers (the same number as were on Titanic) and around five hundred of a crew will sail aboard the Fred Olsen liner, Balmoral.
I have now counted at least nine different cruise ship companies which plan to sail to the site of the sinking on the anniversary, a laudable effort but it's going to get a bit congested out there at latitude 41° 43' 32" North, longitude 49° 56' 49" West.

More than 600 schoolchildren will parade through Southampton holding placards bearing the pictures of all those who served as crew and who lost their lives when the ship went down.
For several months the youngsters from more than 27 schools across the city have been researching the crew members and all the information they have gathered will be written on the back of each placard they carry. Of the 897 crew members |on the Titanic, 714 were |from Southampton. In total 685 crew members lost |their lives, with 538 registered to a Southampton address.