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Titantic Centennial Remembered in Halifax

By Linda Tancs

April 15 will mark 100 years since the luxury liner Titanic sank in the cold, dark waters of the North Atlantic after striking an iceberg on its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York.  One of the greatest maritime disasters, it would be hard for anyone to ignore this seminal anniversary of the tragedy, least of all the folks in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where recovery operations were staged.  The Titanic Memorial in the Fairview Cemetery in Halifax is the final resting place of 121 of the 1523 souls lost, and Ambassatours Gray Line will offer tours to the location to commemorate the event.   Elsewhere, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic will be featuring a special photographic exhibition through June 2012.  Stay tuned to Twitter on 14 April, where a real-time account of the wireless messages of the distressed ship will take place.  Also on 14 April is Night of the Bells, a free event in the Grand Parade square featuring performances expressing the story of the sinking of the ship, her passengers, and Halifax’s recovery efforts.  A moment of silence will be held at 12:27 a.m., marking the time of the last wireless messages from Titanic.  You can view a model of the liner’s position on the ocean floor at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography.

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