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On this day 100 years ago, the RMS Titanic sank, 1,517 people perishing with her. My photo was taken at the shipyard of Harland & Wolff in Belfast Northern Ireland, who built the Titanic between 1909 and 1911.

At the time of her creation, she was the largest man-made edifice in the world. At approximately 11:40pm on her maiden voyage, the ship hit an iceberg about 400 kilometres off the coast of Newfoundland. It took two hours and forty minutes to sink, taking all those innocent lives. 710 people survived the disaster. The greatest tragedy was that there were not enough lifeboats for all the passengers and due to the panic and confusion, most of the lifeboats were launched at less than half-full capacity. Sadly, an over-representation of passengers who perished were those holding a Third Class ticket or men who stayed behind in order to save women and children.

The fortunate 710 were rescued by the ship the RMS Carpathia.

Even one hundred years later the Titanic captures our imagination. And today of all days, we remember those who perished.

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