On this date 100 years ago (10 April 2012), the RMS Titanic, known as the "unsinkable" ship, set sail from Southampton, England, for New York City in the United States. It was the ship's maiden voyage and, sadly, its last. The Titanic never reached its destination.
After four days at sea, the Titanic – on the night of April 14, 1912 – collided with an iceberg in the icy waters of the North Atlantic and sank within just two and one half hours with the loss of more than 1,500 lives. It has been poignantly dubbed, “A Night To Remember”.
Top 10 Spots to Remember the Titanic
Exhibitions and events are taking place around the world to commemorate the Titanic's historic – and tragic – voyage. Cheapflights.com has come up with a list of the 10 best places to experience the centennial of this event.
Four are located in the United States and one each in Australia, Canada, Ireland, Northern Ireland, England, and France. (Modified)
- Belfast, Northern Ireland – the RMS Titanic was built by Harland and Wolff in this Northern Irish city. A £97 million center, the Titanic Belfast, opened on 31 March 2012 .
- Southampton, England – The Titanic sailed from Southampton Dock on 10 April 1912. A £15 million SeaCity Museum allows visitors to captain the ship as Edward John Smith did. Click on the following link for more: Seacity Museum.
- Halifax, Nova Scotia – The wireless station at Cape Race in Canada played a big part in relaying news of Titanic's sinking, and Halifax is the final resting place of many of the victims. There's a permanent exhibition at the Maritime Museum. Click on the following link for more: Maritme Museum of the Atlantic.
- New York, New York – As the Titanic's final destination, New York houses three cemeteries with the remains of passengers on the ship: Trinity Church Cemetery in Lower Manhattan, Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, and Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn. Woodlawn Cemetery affords stunning views of the Stature of Liberty in New York Harbor.
- Cherbourg, France – On 20 April 2012, the Titanic docked at Cherbourg, Normandy, in France, where 281 passengers boarded the ship. Click on the following link for more: Titanic, Return to Cherbourg.
- Cork, Ireland – The town of Cobh in County Cork, Ireland, was the Titanic's last port of call before its ill fated voyage across the North Atlantic. Click on the following link for more: Cork Harbour.
- Denver, Colorado – Visit the home of Margaret Brown, better known as the Unsinkable Molly Brown. Molly had a hit Broadway musical written about her, and she was the leading character in two blockbuster Hollywood films about the tragedy, A Night to Remember and Titanic. Click on the following link for more: Molly Brown House Museum.
- Branson, Missouri – The world's largest Titanic memorial is located in this small town in Missouri.
- Orlando, Florida – 10 full scale room re-creations, 100 new artifacts, 21 artifacts never before put on display, and 400 historic treasures are on display at an interactive museum near Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Click on the following link for more: Titanic – the Experience.