Events are being held around the world to remember the 100th anniversary of the Titanic tragedy. To mark the Centenary, two ships -MS Balmoral and the Titanic Memorial Cruise – set sail. MS Balmoral left Southampton on 8 April and followed the route the Titanic had taken one hundred years previously.
In the early hours of Sunday morning Balmoral stopped at the exact spot where RMS Titanic sank a century ago. The poignant anniversary was marked by a two minute silence to remember the lives lost on that fateful night.
The Titanic Memorial Cruise set sail on 10 April from New York and met the Balmoral at the spot in the North Atlantic Ocean where Titanic sank after hitting an iceberg on her maiden voyage to New York. On board the Memorial Cruise ship were relatives of those who died on 15 April 1912 along with authors, historians and others who remain fascinated by the story 100 years after the event.
Sharon Willing from Arizona is one of the passengers on board the cruise. She said:
“For me, it’s about being able to stand above the wreck exactly 100 years after my great grandfather died, and to be able to throw a flower down for him. I have grown up with this knowledge that my great grandfather died in that ship. This trip will bring closure to many people and it’s going to be very, very poignant.”
Dubbed ‘the unsinkable ship’, RMS Titanic was the largest and most luxurious liner of her time and carried more than 2000 people, of those 1.514 passengers died. The survivors were rescued by RMS Capathia and arrived in New York four days later. The crew of the Capathia won awards for their rescue efforts that night. Tragically, six years later Capathia was also sunk after she was torpedoed in 1918.