Like natural disasters, I’ve always been fascinated with the story of the Titanic. Admittedly a lot of it started from the 1997 James Cameron movie (of which I was completely obsessed with at the time) but because of that obsession, I delved into the history and story of the deadliest disaster in peacetime maritimes history. As romantic and compelling as the story of Jack & Rose were in the movie, it was the factual history portion of it that captivated me. Comparing old photos of within the ocean liner, to how it was reproduced for the movie is amazing.
Equally amazing is the footage (as pictured) from underwater cameras that have gone to investigate and explore the wreckage. The fact that the ship is still relatively intact from tragically breaking in half and sinking to the bottom of the ocean, and being exposed to almost a century’s worth of underwater currents, debris and other elements.
I can’t even begin to imagine what those people must have gone through. The horror and devastation of not only being on a sinking ship but that families were split apart, people who knew there was no hope of surviving… horrendous. An episode of Ghost Hunters was on the other night where they were investigating a Titanic exhibit, and seemed to have hauntings that were of both intellectual (spirits interacting with them) and residual (memory “imprints”). As with residual hauntings, often with such traumatic experiences, a person’s memory could be “imprinted” to particular objects, replaying in a loop, the tragic scenario.
Over 1,500 people lost their lives that night 99 years ago, many of them men due to the “women and children” direction that was given. My thoughts go out to all the victims and then-survivors of the Titanic. (The last living survivor was only 9 weeks old when the ship sank, and passed away in 2009)
The photo credit in today’s blog goes to WorldHeritage Forum (who got it from Wikipedia i think) and I’m cheating a bit in using it for this week’s Daily Post photo challenge for the theme “old”. I do have photos I could have used, but I was running out of days before the new theme is out tomorrow! Plus this so perfectly goes with the photo challenge theme and my blog topic for today.