April 11, 2012

RMS Titanic Sinking Overkill

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It is no coincidence that James Cameron re-released his movie Titanic in 3D recently as the 100th anniversary of the 1912 incident occurred on April 14. Built in Northern Ireland, the powers that be there have created the ultimate 9-gallery museum dedicated to the fallen liner. At a cost of $160 million, it includes interactive displays and a recreation of the ships grand staircase.

Recently Cameron and Robert Ballard released two documentaries on the ship itself after visiting the sunken remains. Both can be seen on the National Geographic Channel this month. There is even a website dedicated to the ship with a countdown to the day of the sinking.

Wait, there is more commercialism to be found in honor of the event. Both Bonhams and Guernsey's NY Auction Houses plan to sell items salvaged or related merchandise and a spare $60,000 will get you an actual visit to the ocean floor to visit the wreckage. Finally, for a lesser fee, starting at about $2,000 a memorial cruise is taking the same route as the original Titanic. Amazingly, there were 1,309 passengers signed up for it, the same amount as the original.

Note: BBC photographer Tim Rex suffered what is believed to be a heart attack on that MS Balmoral memorial cruise. A rescue helicopter picked up the 56 year-old from the Irish port of Cobh on April 8, the last stop before the original tragedy. Let's hope all is well for the rest of the voyage.

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Posted by Sheila Franklin at April 11, 2012 10:20 AM

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