Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Remembering the Titanic
It was 96 years ago today that the RMS Titanic sank while crossing the Atlantic Ocean. The massive luxury liner struck an iceberg on her maiden voyage to New York City and sank less than three hours later. The accident, which is still counted among the worst peacetime maritime disasters in history, killed over 1,500 people and had profound implications for ship design, maritime regulations, and seafaring culture.
The display just beyond the library's foyer is the creative work of our technical services student assistant Tiffany Walker. At our display you can browse a selection of materials available for check out or read sections from the April 16, 1912 edition of the New York Times. You can also look at the paper directly online by using our link to Proquest Historical Newspapers.*
In pulling together these materials a few weeks ago I was struck at how this disaster still captures the imagination of millions, even after nearly 100 years have passed. I hope that some of you will be interested in further readings on this significant historic event.
* For more information on the historical New York Times, check out Alan May's previous post on the topic.