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Post  Kim Wed Apr 15, 2020 4:36 am

From Wikipedia:

"RMS Titanic was a British passenger liner operated by the White Star Line that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean in the early morning hours of 15 April 1912, after striking an iceberg during her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City. Of the estimated 2,224 passengers and crew aboard, more than 1,500 died, making the sinking one of modern history's deadliest peacetime commercial marine disasters.

RMS Titanic was the largest ship afloat at the time she entered service and was the second of three Olympic-class ocean liners operated by the White Star Line. She was built by the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast. Thomas Andrews, chief naval architect of the shipyard at the time, died in the disaster."

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Post  rsv1cox Wed Apr 15, 2020 7:13 am

I remember that night well Kim

I was an itinerant laborer and aspiring painter when I won a ticket aboard in a poker game.  Met a beautiful girl and we leapt together off the fantail just as it was going under.  

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Despite that, Titanic (1953) with Clifton Webb and Barbara Stanwyck was the best rendition.  ,
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Post  Cribbs74 Wed Apr 15, 2020 9:02 am

1912 was the year my late Grandmother was born. I sure do miss her.

I have always had a fascination with the Titanic and shipwrecks in general. I have no idea why. If I had a do-over and money was no object I would start an ocean salvage company!

I remember waiting for the Dec 1985 issue of National Geographic to arrive at our school library. I must have spent over an hr reading it and looking at the pictures. It was pretty cool stuff!

Sadly the ship is deteriorating fast and many items will be lost forever. While I understand that the wreckage is a gravesite I still think those folks are better served if those items were brought to light. I highly doubt they would care if we retrieved more items off of the sea floor. The ship will disappear in my lifetime, what better way to remember those souls than to have those items on display at a museum. Or better yet returned to the families. Of course if we do that we may end up seeing stuff in Pawn Stars...lol!

I find it funny that we display mummies and artifacts of all types all over the world, but a pocket watch from the Titanic is considered disrespectful.

Anyway, thanks for posting that Kim.

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Post  NEW222 Wed Apr 15, 2020 10:20 am

I have to agree with Cribbs here. I too agree that it would be nice to bring up whatever possible from the ocean floor to both preserve, and put on display. I remember seeing the display when it travelled through Winnipeg many years ago. Thought it would be neat to see, until I got there. Once there and seeing these artifacts, almost made the hair on the back of my neck stand up. Just felt wierd knowing the story behind these items, but at the same time absolutely glad I was able to see them. Even seeing the one panel off of the ship was amazing.
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Post  rsv1cox Wed Apr 15, 2020 10:46 am

What I think about mostly is the courage of those musicians playing "Nearer My God to Thee" while the ship went down. Also the wives that refused to leave their husbands.
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Post  944_Jim Wed Apr 15, 2020 10:54 am

I've always been captivated by this event and the ship since early childhood. Any movie or book containing this story is one I will watch/read.
Well, except for DeCaprio's version (no bust on him or the movie...just "not yet.").

Imagine my surprise when my family and I discovered the Titanic Museum in Branson, MO. Of course we went. Then, as we cruised through the music room/hall, we were struck by the Baby Grand piano in the middle. I asked the tour guide if anyone ever plays it. "Yes, Sir. We keep it tuned in case anyone wants to play for the passengers and crew."
I have a video of my youngest son playing that piano...after the rest of the tour group moved on.
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