On April 15, 2012 it is the Hundredth Anniversary of the RMS Titanic. There are many recognitions of this tragic event which caused so many lives to be lost. Some are quite disgusting such as the "Repeated Passage" cruises which shows how far the cruise line industry has sunk to make money. NAUTICAL LOG studied at the Southampton School of Navigation for all British Certificates of Competency and there are memorials to the crew, which largely came from Southampton, in that City.
There is a map of the docklands area showing with a black spot the house where each crewmember came from, there are some streets literally blacked out as just about every family had lost someone. And this is what the cruise line industry is "celebrating", how disgustingly insensitive.
See website www.dailyecho.co.uk for an interactive map.
During this last week we received an e-mail from Canada Post which is doing something more worthwhile by publishing a series of postage stamps to commemorate the event these can be obtained through www.canadapost.ca/shop and there is a Press Release covering the issue. NAUTICAL LOG was contacted by Vincent HENEY of Canadapost and we decided to write a Post about this more suitable commemoration of the Hundredth Anniversary than "Repeated Passage" cruises.
For more information about the crew of RMS Titanic visit www.southampton.gov.uk and open "Full List of Southampton Residents lost in RMS Titanic".
When you remember the crew of RMS Titanic lost 100 years ago, as you should, please also remember the seafarers held hostage by pirates off the coast of Puntland, Somalia.