A century after its sinking, why does the Titanic  so intrigue us?  After all, it was by no means the greatest shipping tragedy. The loss of the Dona Paz in the Phillippines in 1987 killed more than twice as many people.

So what is it about the Titanic that has captured people for a century?

Did the fact the unsinkable Titanic was sent ot the bottom by a chunk of ice shake people’s faith in progress?

When the Titanic sank, so did the old class system.

It was the certainty of the old social order that began to go down on April 14,  1912. Perhaps the actor Kenneth More in his last line in the film A Night to Remember, put it best: “I don ‘t think I’ll ever feel sure again.  About anything.”

What is it about the Titanic that still grips our imagination?

What do you think?


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    The Empress of Ireland was a ship that went down in the St. Lawrence, & I hadn’t heard about it until recently because Phil Beaudry is selling the artifacts to a museum in Ottawa & hoping to get settled after 5 years-You can Google CTV Empress of Ireland story from last week.
    Re: Titanic
    I don’t know why others are so fascinated, but the story drew me in as a youngster with all the glitz, glamour and stories of love, heroism & tragedy. (Isn’t that the perfect mix?) The media have done a great job keeping the history alive and embellishing it. This week, didn’t we all feel a bit sad looking at numerous graves in Halifax (on TV) and especially the the gravestone of an unknown baby.
    It sure tugs at my heartstrings, but I don’t intend to see the movie again in 3D, or the TV version.

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    Jim Says:

    I think the reason why the Titanic got more publicity than the Dona Paz is because the Titanic had 75 years to get a head of steam up (no pun intended) for the pundits to develop hunches which later became lore, which in turn later became facts, which later had a lot of holes punched through them, In between poor seamanship and corporate mismanagement the whole fleet suffered. Unbeknownst to many the Titanic had two
    so-called sister ships, the Britannic which whist wearing Red Crosses painted on the port and starboard sides of the hull, was torpedoed by the Krauts in WWl near Greece. The Olympic died of old age in 1936.BTW I haven’t seen any mention of the SS California which stood by and watched emergency flares being launched by the Titanic and did not answer the call for help. The California could have saved an additional 200 lives after the SS Carpathia had saved a large number of souls, she had found at night in lifeboats. BTW The ‘ic’ ships may have been sisters but they were not triplets. There is no such a thing as identical commercial ships, as mariners well know.

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