Titanic Remembrance Day

In the cold early morning of April 15, 1912, the RMS Titanicopens a new window sank beneath the icy waters of the Atlantic Ocean. On her maiden voyage from England to New York City, the sinking of theTitanic shocked the world when the "unsinkable" luxury liner lost over 1,500 passengers. The causeopens a new window? An iceberg. Not enough lifeboats. And a flawed "watertight" compartment design that only went a few feet above the waterline, which meant that as soon as the ship listed, water could pour over the tops of the bulkheads. Or perhaps a coal fire. Any way you look at it, the Titanic has been a source of public fascination for over 100 years.



  • The Convergence of the Twainopens a new window by Thomas Hardy (1912). One chilling stanza: "And as the smart ship grew / In stature, grace, and hue, / In shadowy silent distance grew the Iceberg too."
  • The Harvest of the Seaopens a new window by Charles Hanson Towne (1912). "They were enough to warm the Arctic wastes, / To fill with furnace heat the frozen zones, / And fire the very Sea that was their grave."
  • From the Titanic: The Icebergopens a new window by E.J. Pratt (1937). "No smoke / Of steamships nor the hoist of mainsails broke / The polar wastes — no sounds except the grind / Of ice, the cry of curlews and the lore / Of winds from mesas of eternal snow."




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