I can’t imagine that ill-fated day in 1912.  I’ve read books and have seen the movie.  I’ve loved old photos, and have watched documentaries.  I plan to see The Artifact Exhibition later this year.  My love for cruising holds me spellbound to this tragic story, though it truly breaks my heart.

I remember my very first safety drill on my very first cruise.  I stood there with my life jacket… and with a very big lump in my throat… thinking of those poor souls.

On this 100 year anniversary, I’m thinking especially of the ship’s musicians.  They were young men.  The leader was thirty-three years old, and all eight of them were in their twenties and thirties.  They played lively music in the beginning of the fiasco to keep the passengers calm, having been awakened in order to do so.

Although the leader, Wallace Hartley, told the men they should try to save themselves in the end, none of them chose to, but continued playing… by that time slower waltzes and hymns.  Survivors heard “Nearer My God to Thee” floating across the water.  Hartley’s memorial service was attended by over forty thousand people, and the pageantry was befitting royalty.

I loved reading this quote from survivor Lawrence Beesley.  “They had the right to be engraved forever on the shelves of eternal glory.”

I’m melancholy thinking of it, yet I’m inspired and comforted by their beautiful gift of peace amidst chaos.


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4 Responses to “Titanic”

  1. Katie says:

    Gives me chills. I love the picture, too!

  2. Sandy says:

    I took the photo from one of my very old hymnals… 1924.

  3. Pam says:

    I carried on so much about Andy Williams when we visited Branson last year, but we also took a self-guided tour through the Titanic Museum there. It was a very sobering experience…one that I would recommend if you’re ever out that way! A few days ago, my aunt told me about my great great grandmother Rebecca coming to the US from Ireland at 12 years old on a ship and how very scared she was, coming to a new land. I can’t even imagine how those on the Titanic must have felt.

  4. Sandy says:

    Oh my! Trying to picture that twelve year old Irish girl crossing the great Atlantic!

    And now you’ve given me another reason for a vacation to Branson!

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