On a recent visit to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, on the ms Maasdam, one of our shore excursions took us for a visit to Fairview Lawn Cemetery where 121 victims of the April 15, 1912, tragedy of the sinking of the Titanic are buried. As you see in the photo, the plots are aligned similar to the bow of a ship, port side.
In 1985 when the remains of the Titanic were discovered on the ocean floor, the direction the ship is pointing is the same direction that the headstones are pointing in the cemetery which was created 70-plus years prior to the finding.
Another interesting story we heard was in the making of the recent movie, the main character was named Jack Dawson. Unbeknownst to the movie industry, there was a person who went down with Titanic named J. Dawson. The actual person however was not a passenger but a crew member who shoveled coal for the engines. Many more interesting stories are told here in Halifax where the rescue operation of the Titanic took place.
Since the disaster of the Titanic, it has caused the ship industry to continually evaluate and re-evaluate safety procedures on board. Improvements to the safety system are always being made with intense training for the crew to handle all emergency situations from fires to damaged or sinking ships to man overboards to emergency medical evacuations.
Char Patton is Maasdam’s future cruise consultant.