Remembering Titanic

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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Babs-beetle said...

Well done you! It was certainly a very tragic day in history.

Cupcake Blonde said...

That is incredible! And a great way to commemorate the anniversary. I too love everyting Titanic and have been fascinated by the event. You need to come see me in Vegas so I can take you to the exhibit at the Luxor. It's pretty cool. Did you see the movie in 3D yet?

Maureen said...

Thank you Babs! Yes, tragic, but I feel the exhibitions and this week's commemorative shows are extremely important to keep this in people's hearts and minds... to never forget we never have power over Mother Nature.

Maureen said...

Cupcake Blonde: Is that YOU Vegas Princess??? Thank you for popping by! I saw the exhibit in Minneapolis with "The Big Piece"... I was in awe and breathless at the sight. When they moved it to Winnipeg, unfortunately for us, The Big Piece went to Vegas. I haven't seen the movie in 3D as it tends to make me motion sick. So tonight (in a few hours) we are going to watch our copy (Ha! VHS! 2 Tapes!). One day we shall make it down there though... I know hubby would LOVE to go!

JoJo said...

GREAT job Maureen!!! I'm pretty fascinated with it too and have watched a bunch of great documentaries over the last week. It's fascinating how the weather conditions starting in January of that year contributed to the icebergs being that far south by April.

Maureen said...

Thank you Jo-Jo! Yes, when I learned about how the weather affected the whole tragedy, my first thought was... hmmm; sounds like THIS year! Good thing we now have tracking of the bergs - at least one good thing to come out of the horror.

Heather said...

Good job on the model! We saw the Titanic exhibit in Seattle in 2000, I think. It was such a neat exhibit, and moving, like you said.

Maureen said...

Thank you Heather. Just finished watching the movie, and I'm not too proud to admit I cried like a blubbering baby.

Venom said...

Wow, I'm so impressed that you
1) knew where to find it,
2) drug it out and started it, and

There is no way I'd have gotten it all done by the deadline. Probably because I'd have been kept busy refilling that tiny teacup with copious amounts of Carolans & coffee (or some such).
Good for you Maureen.

Daisy said...

We are fascinated with the Titanic, too. The model came out great!

Kisma said...

That is impressive!

Maureen said...

Venom: Ha! Thanks. I was also sick with a cold, so when my teacup didn't actually house tea, it was filled with various types of juice!

Thank you Daisy! Luckily, none of my feline furbabies stoled any of those kajillion teenie parts - otherwise I never would have been able to complete it!

Thanks Kisma! It always bugged me that it was left incomplete...

Bart said...

A fan of science fiction AND good at making scale models. You are not a real woman, are you? Women that do scale models and like SF don not exist on this planet. So are you the persona of an AI, or do you come from another part of the galaxy?

Or is there something funny in the water in Canada?

Sam said...

I spent about seven hours at the Titanic artifacts exhibit in San Diego. It seems we can't get enough...

Maureen said...

Bart: Sorry I can't divulge any information... Just be assured I may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
I must obey the orders given to me by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
And I must protect my own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.

Yeah, Sam, I think it is a good thing to remember...

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