Titanic Remembrance Day
Titanic Remembrance Day is observed next on Saturday, April 15th, 2023 (70 days from today).
National Titanic Memorial Day is celebrated annually on April 15th, which is an important occasion to remember the lives lost since the Titanic sank in 1912.
Being known as the "unsinkable ship", the Titanic struck an iceberg at 11:40 p.m. on April 14, 1912, in its first voyage arriving to New York City. After that, in the icy waters of the Atlantic Ocean, on April 15, the Titanic sank. The deaths were mainly due to insufficient number of lifeboats on board.
Since that time, journalists, engineers, ocean explorers, historians, survivors and descendants of the lost, and more have attempted to piece together the events that led to that night together. Countless hours of documentation, salvage expeditions, and interviews all capture the perspectives of those involved. From investors to designers, builders and misfits, to the media and the left-behind, every angle and every myth has been considered. And to this day, it remains a heartbreaking and mesmerizing story no matter where you start.
Why Titanic Remembrance Day?
Titanic Remembrance Day is celebrated to remember those who lost their lives in the Titanic incident in 1914 and to review the Maritime regulations, which could have saved many lives, if it had been well established at the time.
With about 1317 passengers and 885 crews, the Titanic began its voyage from England to New York on April 10, 1912. After four days of sailing, she collided with the Ice Berg while sailing toward Newfoundland at 11:40 p.m., gradually broke down and drowned in the North Atlantic at 2:20 a.m. while nearly half of the ships sailed. Passengers are still on board. Furthermore, the water temperature was lower than normal, leading to the quick death of the Passenger. Only 333 bodies were recovered out of 1500 reported deaths. Only in 1985 were fragments of the Titanic found in the Ocean and displayed in several museums.
The survivors lost everything they had. They have been helped by the public and Charities from all over the world. Several Women's Relief Committees have assisted women in providing Clothing and some Private Trains have taken on the task of bringing Survivors home to their loved ones for free.
As the result, this day is considered as an annual holiday to commemorate the lost lives.
History of Titanic Remembrance Day
The term "titanic" is of Greek origin, meaning giant. The RMS Titanic is the second of three Olympic-class oceanic vessels owned by White Start Line, a well-known shipping company. First and third prizes are RMS Olympic and 1-HMHS Britannic, respectively. Despite the proliferation of competitors, J.Bruce Ismay, president of White Star Line, decided to challenge the competition in terms of comfort, luxury rather than speed. Thus, Thomas Andrews designed the Titanic and was further built and completed on 2 April 1912 by the Harland and Wolff shipyards. It is designed to hold 2435 passengers and 892 crew members.
Her maiden voyage was from Southampton, UK to New York, USA with 885 crew members and approximately 1317 passengers. The exact number of passengers is not known due to last minute cancellations and no reservations. After departing Southampton on 10 April 1912, she was heading west of New York on day 4. 4 of her top speed cruise where she hit an iceberg at 11:40pm despite warnings from other ships about the sheer number of icebergs.
Although it was ordered to stop the ship after detecting a huge iceberg, it became difficult to stop due to its top speed. In the end, after the collision, five of the compartments were broken and filled with water. Lifeboats were immediately brought out and the women and children were carefully evacuated. After 2 hours and 40 minutes of the accident, the ship gradually split in two and sank in the ocean. The RMS Carpathia, a passenger ship of the Cunard line, arrived two hours later and rescued about 705 passengers.
When only 1317 Passengers were on board during the journey, half of the Passengers could be accommodated. The number of Lifeboats can be reduced if the ship is full of Passengers. Furthermore, the lifeboats were only half filled during the evacuation due to inadequate training of officers in emergencies. She tried to signal other ships, but all efforts were in vain as none responded to her, including the SS Californian, which was only a few miles from the Titanic.
The Titanic was insured with Lloyds of London and the coverage was estimated at 1000000 pounds, which now equates to 91,000,000 pounds. Same thing was received within 30 days. Charities and critics from different countries have donated more than £450000 for the Victims and their families. William Alden Smith, An American Senator, investigated to determine the root cause of the British victim's refusal to return home leading to the British objection. In the end, the investigation was concluded to be "an act of God". Criticism of high speed was dismissed by both countries.
Interesting truths About Titanic Remembrance Day
The Titanic was designed in such a way, as a definition of Comfort and Luxury. It includes many features, including Gym, Library, and Swimming Pool, Cabin, Restaurant high standard and Wireless Telegraph mechanism implemented along the remote controllable doors. In contrast, it consisted of 20 lifeboats that could only accommodate half the number of passengers. Also, unfortunately, four out of 20 people collapsed during the rescue. In the end, the Titanic was unable to secure nearly half of the passengers due to the insufficient number of lifeboats.
Rescue activities are carried out on the basis of the Protocol “Women and Children First”. Differences between survivors by gender were reported to be large. Men die more than women. Only 20% of men survived while 50% of children and 75% of women survived. This biggest maritime disaster “The rough estimated cost of more than 1500 lives including innocent children, has made a huge impact on the improvement of Maritime Safety. As a step forward, the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, abbreviated as BOLAS was implemented immediately in 1914 after the establishment of several wireless communication mechanisms to prevent Operational Failures. action in the Journey.
Despite the Titanic's demise, a number of songs, articles, and films based on its inspiration, have kept the massive ship alive to this day. The most notable of which is the movie "Titanic" starring Leonardo Decaprio and Kate Winslet under the direction of James Cameroon, which was released in 1997 marking the flashback of the luxury ship.
The last survivor of the tragic accident was Millvina Dean from England. She was only 2 months old and was the youngest passenger on the Titanic. She boarded the Titanic with her Parents and brother. She, along with her mother and brother, were rescued with the help of a Lifeboat. She is the only witness to the incident. She died of Pneumonia at the end of 2009 in England.
How to celebrate Titanic Remembrance Day
There are many ways for celebration. You can spend time on discovering more about the sinking of the Titanic and post unknown facts using the #TitanicUnknown Hashtag on social media. Let us offer our condolences to those who lost their lives during their Trip. Please express your ideas using this hashtag #HOWTOAVOID to avoid recurrence.
ObservedTitanic Remembrance Day has been observed annually on April 15th.
Thursday, April 15th, 2021
Friday, April 15th, 2022
Saturday, April 15th, 2023
Monday, April 15th, 2024
Tuesday, April 15th, 2025