Where to Explore the Titanic's Past, on its 100th Anniversary

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    The Titanic Departed for her Doomed Maiden Voyage from Southhampton, England

    Sea trials had brought the state-of-the-art luxury liner to England from Belfast, Ireland, where she was built for $7,500,000 over two years, by 3,000 men.  The R.M.S. (Royal Mail Ship) Titanic came in at 882.5' - equal to the 11th floor of the Chrysler Building - and only three of its four smokestacks were functional.

    Photo courtesy of Museum Syndicate

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    Cherbourg, France was Stop #1 for The Titanic

    The "unsinkable" Titanic did her sea trials en route from Belfast, Ireland to Southhampton, England, at which point her passengers boarded for the voyage which would go down in history.  The ship had 2 stops before it met its fate, however:  the first was Cherbourg, France, just 90 minutes away from Southhampton, across the English Channel.

    Photo courtesy of Kur0e

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    Father Browne Stepped off in Cork - Stop #2 - with Photos Intact

    Allegedly, the one-and-only surviving photographic history of the Titanic's embarcation at Southhampton was captured by a Father Browne who stepped off the doomed oceanliner in Queesntown, County Cork, Ireland, at her first and only stop.  Today, you can see his amazing images of the ship and her passengers and crew at the Titanic Museums in Pigeon Forge and Branson. 

    Photo courtesy of Titanic Pigeon Forge

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    Titanic Staterooms

    Elegant staterooms awaited the first-class passengers, many of whom made it to safety if they were women or children.   None of the victims knew, of course, that this elegant bedroom would be the last they'd ever see.

    Photo courtesy of Titanic Pigeon Forge

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    The "Marconi Room" Where the First Distress Signal Originated

    In the Pigeon Forge and Branson Titanic museums, you can see a re-creation of the panicked room from whence the first distress signals were sent.   Can you imagine the pandemonium that must have ensued among crew members?  The iceberg was struck at 11:40 pm on the 14th of April;  2,224 were on the ship but there were only lifeboats for 1,178.

    Photo courtesy of Titanic Branson

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    Titanic Victims were retrieved by 4 Canadian Vessels

    The Titanic broke apart and sank into the north Atlantic at 2:20 a.m. with over 1,000 people still on board.  1,514 passengers and crew died overall.  After 710 survivors were picked up by The RMS Carpathia, four Canadian vessels conducted the grim task of victim retrieval.  The first retrieved 306 bodies; 116 of them were buried at sea.  Others retrieved far fewer. 

    Photo courtesy of Destination Halifax

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    Fairview Lawn Cemetery in Halifax Holds the Most Titanic Victims

    121 victims of the RMS Titanic disaster are interred at Halifax's Fairview Lawn Cemetery, more than any other cemetery in the world.  Most are marked with small markers of gray granite, provided by White Star Line, but a few families paid for larger markers.  A full one-third of the graves are victims who have never been identified.    

    Photo courtesy of Destination Halifax

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    Halifax's Maritime Museum of the Atlantic has Heart-Wrenching Titanic Exhibits

    Halifax, Nova Scotia was the nearest large port on the Eastern seaboard, to the site of the disaster.  The city's Museum of the Atlantic offers up a heart-wrenching collection of Titanic artifacts.  It's a must-see for any Nova Scotia visitor intrigued by the story of this maritime disaster.

    Photo courtesy of Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

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    Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax Reveals Titanic Details

    Because the people of Halifax were intricately involved in the Titanic disaster, it's a natural site for an exhibit on the full chain of events.  The Titanic's timeline and intimate details of her passengers can be explored in Halifax's Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. 

    Photo courtesy of Destination Halifax

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    "Return to Titanic . . . Live!" was 2nd Highest-Ranked TV Documentary at Release

    Joslyn's film crew was able to capture hundreds of hours of ghost-like images. They were incorporated in his tv special “Return to Titanic…Live!” a dramatic two-hour television documentary that Joslyn co-produced with Doug Lewelyn. It instantly became the second highest-rated live TV documentary ever. 

    Photo courtesy of Courtesy of John Joslyn

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    Titanic Pigeon Forge: Museum Built by John Joslyn

    Tennessee resident John Joslyn dedicated 25 years of his life to retrieving and saving Titanic artifacts.  He shares them with the world in the two Titanic museums he built, in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, and Branson, Missouri.  

    Photo courtesy of scmikeburton

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    The Titanic's Grand Staircase with a First Class Maid

    Titanic Pigeon Forge is an unforgettable experience for guests, who buy a ticket aboard the ship, then "embark" on a journey of a lifetime.   Each visitor is assigned the identity of one of the passengers or crew, and learns his or her fate as the small tours progress deeper and deeper into the re-creation of the ship.  

    Photo courtesy of Titanic Pigeon Forge

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    Memorial Wall Bears the Names of the Titanic Victims

    You begin to get a sense of how many passengers and crew were lost, when looking at the Memorial Wall in the Titanic Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg Museums. 

    Photo courtesy of Titanic Branson

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    James Cameron's Titanic Movie Grossed Over $600,000,000

    Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslett managed to make the Titanic disaster seem romantic, thanks to visionary director James Cameron.   The 2nd highest grossing movie of all time, Titanic grossed over $600,000,000.   Early 2012 saw the release of Titanic 3D in cities across America, including Los Angeles, New York, Houston and Chicago.

    Photo courtesy of jurvetson

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    The Titanic Changed the Way We View Icebergs . . . Forever

    The "unsinkable" RMS Titanic was, in fact, sinkable . . . as the world sadly learned on the morning of April 15, 1912.   Since then, our view of icebergs has changed, and cannot help but harken memories of the greatest maritime disaster.  

    Photo courtesy of rghrous

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