On April 15, 1912 Titanic succummed to her injuries and sank to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. The tragedy captured the hearts and minds of the world. This fascination with the majestic ship continues today. On the 100th anniversary of her sailing and sinking, the media is filled with reminders, memorials, and rememberances.
Last night my local historical society hosted "An Evening Aboard the Titanic". It wasn't so much a remembering of the tragedy, but a celebration of the people who had sailed upon her.
'Passengers' could opt for a steerage ticket and partake in a corned beef and cabbage buffet. Or, for those inclined, a captain's table ticket would provide them with a served multi-course meal featuring items from the Titanic's actual menu. (I opted to dress up and join the Captain at his table, my hubby decided steerage was more his style!)
All passengers were greeted by Captain Edward J. Smith and received replica boarding passes. The 'unsinkable' Molly Brown circulated among guests, as did John Jacob Astor and Helen Churchill Candee.
A unique photo opportunity was available. Before dinner, the Captain offered a prayer and a brief moment of silence for all of those lost at sea. But the night focused much more on celebrating friend'ships' than it did on sinking ships. A trio provided lively Irish music, and passengers were able to test their Titanic knowledge with a round of trivia.
All in all, it was a spectacular night, one I will aways remember.
Until next time,