100 Year Anniversary of Titanic Tragedy [POLL]
It was 100 years ago to the day that the RMS Titanic was on it's maiden voyage from Southampton, England to New York City. At 11:40pm, it was the beginning of the end for this new luxury liner as it struck an iceberg. More than two hours later, just before 2:20am, the Atlantic Ocean swallowed the Titanic with over 1,000 lives still aboard.
Director James Cameron has studied the Titanic for years, and brought the story to life in his 1997 film. Even after making his movie, Cameron continues to research and learn exactly how the tragic event unfolded. In fact, Cameron recently discovered that Titanic did not sink like we thought it did. He admits that his 1997 recreation does not accurately portray the destruction of the mammoth ocean liner.
Since the Titanic sank, safety at sea has become much more regulated and standards have been greatly improved. Unfortunately, all of the new standards and practices were not enough to save the 30 people who died on January 13th of this year when the Costa Concordia hit a rock that tore a 160 foot hole in the side of the cruise ship causing it to partially sink off the coast of Italy.
Just weeks later, another Costa ship, the Costa Allegra, was disabled at sea due to a fire in the engine room. No one died, but the passengers we adrift at sea and had to be towed back to land over the course of several days.
We took a cruise at the beginning of January, and high winds caused our ship to crash into a pier in Nassau, Bahamas. A frightening ordeal for sure, but damage was minimal and no one was hurt. If you're a cruise lover, have the recent events with Costa Cruise Lines and remembering the Titanic made you less likely to go on a cruise? Check out the video of James Cameron's new theory on the sinking of Titanic, then take our poll about cruise ships.