100 years ago today RMS Titanic sank in the Atlantic. We all know the story well. She hit an iceberg on the night of April 14th 1912 during her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York. At 2:20am on April 15th 1912 she broke in two and sank to the bottom of the ocean.
The Belfast built ship carried 2,224 people on board. There were only twenty lifeboats, which was enough to carry only 1,178 passengers. In the event of the disaster only 710 people were rescued.
The tragic events of that night in the Atlantic left an important legacy of travel safety. Lessons were learned and today people still remember the loss and suffering felt by those on board.
Media coverage of the anniversary has been building in the previous week leading some to question it’s relevance. I believe it’s vitally important to commemorate and remember. Tragic events like these are part of who we are as a human race. They have shaped us. There is no doubt that on 11th September 2101, the world will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. It is the least we can do for the people that lost their lives.
Today is about looking past the media hype. It’s not about the movies, television programmes or a tear jerking Celine Dion ballad. It’s about the 1,514 people that died so tragically.