The 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, a significant moment in world navigation history. The moment was marked in a number of ways, However ,some of which were more tasteful than others.
“Titanic” 3-D the film and a memorial cruise are just two ways people remembering the events of that 1912 frigid night in the Atlantic Ocean.Lying two miles below the ocean surface, the Titanic has become a part of the ocean.
For a few, the anniversary came with the revelation that the RMS Titanic was an ture ship and not the fictional subject of James Cameron’s blockbuster. Several cringe-worthy tweets from today’s woefully ill-informed generation made the news, such as “Nobody told me titanic was real…?
Even a century on, stories about titanic didn’t fade away and taste and decency are still raised over ways the events are memorialized.
At least two memorial cruises retraced the Titanic’s course, stopping for a moment of silence Saturday night at the same time and place of the titanic’s fated encounter with an iceberg.
Some passengers wore period costumes and the cooks served up meals painstakingly reconstructed from surviving copies of the ship’s menu, according to BBC News.
A restaurant in Houston recreated the last meal served to first-class passengers aboard the ship. For $1,000 apiece, parties of 12 can enjoy the lavish 10-course meal on plates from the 1900s, according to the Associated Press.
Off and on since 1998, Deep Ocean Expeditions has offered submersible rides down to the Titanic’s remains. In 2001, a couple was married in a small sub that actually landed on the deck of the sunken ship.
Robert Ballard, the scholar who discovered the Titanic’s remains in 1985, has always opposed bringing artifacts back from the ship and recently took to “The Colbert Report” and other news outlets to decry the damage tourism has done to the ship.
Others seem to be retrieving artifacts from the depths in the hopes of turning a profit. Titanic memorabilia is quite popular; a ticket from the ship’s maiden voyage recently sold for $56,250 at a New York auction house.
While tourists and explorers should keep their damage to the wreckage minimal, Ballard wants to go too far in the other direction, proposing that the ship’s hull be cleaned and sprayed with protective paint to prevent further corrosion and be guarded by robot sentries. Respect for the tragedy doesn’t warrant creating a bizarre, permanent underwater shrine.