May we be thankful for what we have at our disposal today and forever remember the passengers, crew and officers of the Titanic.
I leave you with this short playlist of songs that were said to have been the last played by the band as the passengers assembled for lifeboats: “Song d’Automne” and two different versions of “Nearer, My God To Thee” from the 1958 film A Night to Remember and of course the 1997 film Titanic.
A chilling and haunting reminder of what happened that fateful night. It’s amazing to think of all of the engineering advances that went into what was then the largest moving object in the world. There are a number of things that went wrong on that voyage that led to the death of so many – the way the instructions to port round the iceberg, the reversal of the engines, the safety regulations that didn’t keep up with the advances in the ship’s size, the speed with which the ship sank, etc. But just in terms of the advance of communication, the Marconi wireless that they had on board seems so primitive compared to what we have at our fingertips with smartphones every day now. Think of how different the outcome might have been with better communication tools!
In addition to those heartfelt notes and tragic images, I also like to listen to Gavin Bryar’s very odd and mesmerizing album The Sinking of the Titanic, with its haunting sounds of creaking metal, muffled voices and wistful strings.