Titanic this, Titanic that ….

5 Apr

If it wasn’t the 1940 US census, then the main topic for discussion this week seems to have been the anniversary of sinking of the Titanic, and it can only get worse as we approach the actual day of the anniversary next week.

As you might have guessed from the tone of the previous sentence I am not particularly interested in the Titanic (although possibly slightly more than the 1940 census), whether it is films, television programmes, books, passenger lists or crew records.

One thing I did find interesting however was this article from the BBC News website, Five Titanic myths spread by films, which takes a more skeptical view of some of the myths that have arisen around the Titanic.

Whilst on the subject of the BBC, you might want to take a look at the BBC Archive’s Survivors of the Titanic collection, which gives a taste of the organisation’s output over the years, including interviews with survivors.

In the meantime I will try to summon up some enthusiasm for the anniversary between now and the 14th April.

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One Response to “Titanic this, Titanic that ….”

  1. Yolanda Presant April 5, 2012 at 10:50 pm #

    You might be saying that you are against the rampant commercialism of this century! And the Americans have been known to run with the ball… I think the story of the Titanic is a very human one, one illustrating the greed and avarice of the ship line and the helplessness of the people on board. Movies tend to make things more glamorous then they actually were but at least bring the story to the attention of otherwise disinterested people. It probably appeals more to people who have immigrant ancestors. Here in Canada it is slightly significant in that the ship went down in our waters and the producer of the movie , James Cameron was a Canadian. I found it a long movie and have watched it only once. For genealogists, it might be interesting if you have an ancestor who came over by ship. If my grandfather had made the ill-fated voyage on the Lusitania instead of her maiden voyage this way, he might have gone down on that. However, I grew up on dry land and like it that way. We have actually had ferries go down along the B.C. coast here. People have gone missing. It defies the imagination.

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