Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Titanic memorial cruise - 100 years after the ship sank




A memorial cruise retracing the route of the Titanic to mark 100 years since the ship sank has arrived at Cobh on the south coast of the Irish Republic.
Thousands of cheering locals welcomed the arrival of MS Balmoral, which is carrying relatives of some who died.
The ship is travelling from Southampton to the North Atlantic site of Titanic's wreck, but was delayed by strong winds.
The Titanic hit an iceberg on 14 April 1912 and sank, killing about 1,500.
After being slowed by bad weather, the Balmoral reached Cobh - on the coast of County Cork - to be greeted by bands playing and crowds waving flags.
The town of Cobh, formerly known as Queenstown, was the Titanic's last port of call before it crossed the Atlantic.
Passengers have a couple of hours to enjoy the celebrations before the Balmoral heads off at midnight to continue its journey.
'Part of our legacy'
The memorial cruise left England's south coast on Sunday to follow the Titanic's exact route - via Cherbourg, in north-west France and Cobh - to the spot where the liner went down.
A service is to be held on board at 02:20 GMT next Sunday - 15 April - to mark the moment of the sinking.

About 1,300 passengers and 900 crew members were on board the liner when it sank. About 713 people were rescued by RMS Carpathia.
In 1985, Dr Robert Ballard discovered the wreck 2.5 miles (4km) below the surface of the north Atlantic

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