Sunday, April 15, 2012
THIS DAY IN HISTORY - 100 years ago today, the largest passenger liner in the world, the RMS Titanic, collided with an iceberg and sank into the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean within three hours. Of the 2,000+ passengers, over 1,500 died and 700 survived. The demise of the supposedly unsinkable Titanic, once a symbol of opulence and power, shocked the world, subsequently causing people to question the limits of human beings and the social class ordering of twentieth-century society. (x)
Silent, composed, ringed by its icy broods,
The grey shape with the palaeolithic face
Was still the master of the longitudes.
- E.J. Pratt