10 Places to Remember the Titanic

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RMS Titanic sank in the dead of night in cold North Atlantic waters on April 15th in 1912, causing the demise of over 1,500 people and capturing the public’s attention. A century later, fascination with this deadly disaster is as strong as ever, and many will be making a point of marking the upcoming centenary. Here are a few suggestions for travellers who wish to visit somewhere associated with the Ship of Dreams:

Belfast – For Titanic enthusiasts, Belfast is, well, the mothership. RMS Titanic was built and outfitted at the Harland & Wolff shipyards and the Northern Ireland city’s connection to the disaster is woven into the fabric of the place. The Titanic Quarter is the latest example, where a massive regeneration project has seen dormant shipbuilding lands transformed with new developments including the Belfast Waterfront entertainment and conference complex, and the brand new Titanic Belfast attraction.  Northern Ireland has put a lot into gearing up for Titanic’s centenary, and it shows, with an enormous range of new exhibits, attractions and special events being held throughout April.│Flights to Belfast

Halifax – Halifax’s connection to the disaster is a grim one, as it was from this port that the efforts to recover the bodies of the victims were based and several hundred of them are buried there. Several ceremonies are planned for Halifax, with a slightly sombre tone reflecting the tragic nature of the event. Titanic Eve -The Night of the Bells will feature music and interpretive presentations portraying the story of the event, a minute of silence, and the ringing of all of the city’s church bells along with fireworks to emulate the ship’s distress signals. Visitors can also see the world’s largest collection of wooden Titanic artifacts at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.│Flights to Halifax

Branson/Pigeon Forge – Despite having no direct connection whatsoever to the ship or its sinking, Branson and Pigeon Forge are major draws for Titanic aficionados from around the world thanks to twinned museums in both destinations. Titanic Branson’s exhibits, including an impressive collection of artifacts, are housed in a half-scale replica of the famous ship, complete with interiors reproduced from the original plans, including the famous Grand Staircase. │Flights to the USA

Southampton – Titanic began her fateful voyage from Southampton on April 10, 1912 in a spirit of jubilation and prestige, with enormous fanfare. See the docks where she embarked from and experience the permanent exhibit at the Maritime Museum that focuses on Titanic’s crew, their stories, and the impact of the disaster on their families and communities. Southampton has two ambitious new Titanic attractions in the works – The Titanic Museum and The Southampton Ocean Liner Experience – but they may not be ready in time for the centenary. And if staying on dry land isn’t enough for you, there’s a Titanic Memorial Cruise departing from Southampton on April 10 that will recreate Titanic’s original itinerary.│Flights to England

Cobh – This lovely spot in Ireland was Titanic’s last port of call before heading out to sea. Cobh is a pretty town in Cork that is worth visiting irrespective of its connection to the ship, thanks to its colourful houses and pleasant waterfront that is one of the best natural harbours in the world.The Queenstown Story gives visitors a perspective of Irish emigration on the various ocean liners that have departed from Cobh for centuries. It also has attractions catering specifically to those interested in the Titanic, with a Titanic Trail self-guided walking tour, and a memorial where you can pay your respects.│Flights to Ireland

Cape Race – The closest point on land to the wreck site, the signal station in Cape Race, Newfoundland received Titanic’s distress call and relayed it to the rest of the world. The original station is long gone, but has been reproduced as a visitors centre where you can hear the S.O.S. signal, gaze out over the cold Atlantic from Signal Hill, and learn more about the disaster through interactive exhibits. Guided day trips are available from St. John’s or you can make your way there on your own and explore.│Flights to St. John’s

 

Liverpool – The White Star Line was headquartered in Liverpool and therefore Titanic was registered here. The company’s head office in Albion House at 30 James Street was besieged, as soon as word of the tragedy got out, by multitudes of people demanding answers about the fate of the ship and her passengers. J. Bruce Ismay was born and lived in the city, as did many of the crew. A stirring memorial stands at St. Nicholas Place commemorating the heroism of the 244 men in the engine room who stayed at their posts to ensure pumps would keep the ship afloat as long as possible and consequently lost their lives. A plaque at Philharmonic Hall honours the musicians aboard the Titanic who famously played on to soothe the passengers as the ship sank.│Flights to Liverpool

Orlando – Amongst Orlando’s many tourist attractions is Titanic: The Experience. Aiming to conserve not only the ship’s artifacts such as the Captain’s wheel, but also its memory and that of the disaster’s victims, this interactive attraction has full-scale reproductions of many of the rooms aboard the Titanic. The organization behind this attraction is actively involved in recovering and preserving artifacts – both large and small ones – from the wreck site, many of which can be viewed at Titanic: The Experience, including some that have only just finished being conserved and are on public display for the first time.│Flights to Orlando

 

Washington DC – A monument in Washington Channel Park bears a striking resemblance to Kate Winslet’s famous pose from the film Titanic, despite predating the movie by several decades. The Women’s Titanic Memorial honours the men who gave their lives so that women and children could survive the sinking. The Senate hearings into the disaster were also held here at the the Caucus Room in the Russell Senate Office Building, having been moved from New York to Washington after the survivors were interviewed initially. │Flights to Washington DC

 

New York – Visit the stop on the itinerary that Titanic never did when you travel to her ultimate destination, New York. Following the disaster, survivors were brought to New York aboard the ship Carpathia, and Senate investigative hearings began to take place at the Waldorf Astoria as soon as the survivors arrived.│ Flights to New York

Whether your interest in the Titanic is a purely historical one, you are fascinated by the hubris, extravagance, and class struggles of the time, are a nautical buff or amateur marine archaeologist, there are places near and far to visit and things to see connected to this most famous of ships that will satisfy every curiosity, and give you the chance to honour the memory of this nautical disaster.

About the Author: Steph Spencer

Formerly the Editor of Let's Roll, now you're more likely to find Steph prowling the halls of incredible museums, hunting for historic landmarks, discovering mind-blowing science and literary attractions, tracking down the world’s largest whatchamacallit or attending wacky festivals. She is a freelance travel writer who explores the geeky side of travel on her blog A Nerd At Large, and dispenses random quirkiness on Google+ and as @ANerdAtLarge on Twitter.

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