Let's admit it. If it weren't for the movie centered on a couple's romantic relationship, the Titanic wouldn't be as famous as it is today.
Outside of grade-school I've never had a discussion about the Titanic with anyone, and I don't think I'd want to. I think it's just used as an introduction to engineering disasters, and it was quite a topic in the early 1900s.
This is the first major centennial of my life. Next is the start and finish of World War One and hopefully, I'll still be around to celebrate World War Two's series of centennials, including the start, end, D -Day, V- Day, Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
I know what you mean. I'm still in shock that it hasn't been 100 years since WW1 and it feels like it was so long ago. Well It's been 98 but you get my point lol. Hopefully i'll be able to reach the 100th anniversary of the ending of the Vietnam War.
No one here is 100 years old, are they? Not a big deal, anniversaries happen loads of times, but this catastrophe was a major fascination for years, I remember learning about things like this for the first time as well, as a kid, it was fascinating, and we learn more and more since it's re-discovery. If you missed it, PBS, US Public television aired SAVING THE TITANIC, their own re-enactment of what the Engineering crew did to help save lives, how they gave their own till the last fateful minutes, There is certainly new found knowledge to take away with these presentations and specials
THat Southampton article just shows that people still remember the ship and not by the blockbuster film. Nice painting, but for me the ship is just so full of errors The funnel color is wrong, there are many details wrong and so on . But it looks cool still. With those funnels and that superstructure it looks like Lusitania or Aquitania, those were not even White star line ships but Cunard line ones.
In this video you can actually hear the Titanic whistle, a whistle trio that was brought back to the surface. It was treated with care and because it was more delicate then it was then, they didn't use steam to use it but air.
E: Who wants a better quality or longer sound, then type into youtube "Normandie whistle". Normandie was a french liner, way bigger then Titanic, it burned down in NY harbour at the start of WW2. Being strippen out for war duty a welder had set it on fire accidentally. The whistles on the Normandie were the exact same ones as Titanic, Olympic and Britannic had.
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When I was in third grade I was completely fascinated with Titanic. A book in the school library was about when Robert Ballard and his crew first discovered it at the bottom of the Atlantic and went down in the submarine. Then about ten years later the movie came out and it was an amazing recreation. To know that so many teenagers today didn't know it was an historical event but just a movie is sad. What the hell are they teaching kids in school these days?
Nice painting, but for me the ship is just so full of errors The funnel color is wrong, there are many details wrong and so on . But it looks cool still. With those funnels and that superstructure it looks like Lusitania or Aquitania, those were not even White star line ships but Cunard line ones.
Well that painting was bought in a nick-nack shop in Newquay on a family holiday long before I was even born, so that probably explains it.
Another cool picture. You can see someone actually seeing on top of the fourth funnel. THere was a ladder inside the funnel so it was possible to climb up it. Unlike most say, it was not a dummy funnel, it was used as ventilation from the smoking room and boilerrooms.
I've been interested in the titanic ever since I was a little kid much like Jeeebuuus said and I can't believe people seriously weren't aware that the Titanic was a real ship, even more so since those people are around my age Personally I went to the original theater release in 97' and I saw the 3D version on sunday. I think much of the Titanic's popularity with the general public is like someone said in this topic earlier because of the film. However, some people like myself are interested in the actual real life event. My grandmother has been very interested in the Titanic ever since she was young and that way before the James Cameron film. Actually, I think I would say Raise the Titanic from the 70's is one of my favorite Titanic films (despite the ship being in one piece) just because I always wondered what would happen if they could raise it up (even though they can't) Overall I like anything to do with Titanic, I find it fascinating (aside from Titanic II...it was horrible and nothing to do with the titanic) But yeah. Hard to believe how far we've advanced in 100 years though.
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