My fascination with Titanic has been lifelong; in 2009 daughter and I attended the Artifact Exhibition in Minneapolis, and in 2011 I took my mother, father, daughter and hubby when it came to Winnipeg.
It was an incredibly moving experience; something I shall never forget. After spending hours soaking up everything we could in the hours among pieces of the ship, reading the haunting accounts of the passengers, staff and creators of the leviathan, I made sure I came home with some of my own Titanic "artifacts". I bought a set of reproduction First Class cream and sugar, a Second Class teacup and saucer, playing cards, book and an authentic piece of Titanic coal recovered in 1994 - the funds from which help support the preservation of the RMS Titanic.
Even way back in 1987 (two years after Robert Ballard found the wreck), hubby began a model of the Titanic. Sadly, he only got as far as painting and gluing the 2 pieces of hull and stand together. I think he got frustrated because he realized he painted it incorrectly... and gave up. I bought him a second new model to start over, but he never even opened it. For 25 years, both boxes collected dust.
Until this week, with all the commemorative specials I remembered our own little Titanic, forgotten in the abyss that is his workbench in the basement. I pulled it out and was determined to finally finish it in time for today's 100th anniversary.
And I did it! (Did you notice that whilst I worked, I was kept hydrated with beverages from my Second Class White Star Line teacup?) I completed my own piece of Titanic history, which will take a place of honor in my art studio.
Finishing the model was very satisfying; and I will always remember I completed it on the 100th Anniversary of this very tragic day.
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