Posted by Nicci | Posted in Collectibles | Posted on 11-04-2012
This weekend marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the legendary Titanic. On April 10, 1912, the RMS Titanic, billed as “virtually unsinkable,” set off on its maiden voyage from Southampton, England to New York. Four days later, the great ship struck an iceberg, sinking into the depths of the Atlantic Ocean and killing 1,514 people. Only 710 were rescued and taken to safety aboard the RMS Carpathia. Designed to make history as one of the grandest, largest, and most opulent passenger liners, the Titanic instead made history as one of the world’s great tragedies.
Stories from the great ship and its disastrous end have captured the imagination of generations worldwide. From “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” to the band that continued to play even as the ship went down, stories surrounding the Titanic only intensify the mystique of the sinking of the Titanic.
With the approach of the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, interest has been renewed in the subject. There are countless ways to commemorate the Titanic anniversary, including the re-release of the James Cameron film and countless televised history programs. For 1,309 passengers aboard the MS Balmoral, the event is commemorated by a 12-night memorial cruise in which the ship retraces the scheduled route of the Titanic, pausing for a memorial service where the Titanic sank. Passengers will dine on food designated in the original White Star Line menus. The cost of the Titanic commemorative cruise is between £2,799 and £5,995 per person (or approximately $4,450 to $9,533 in U.S. dollars).
For those looking to commemorate the tragedy on a smaller scale, As Seen On TV collectibles may fit the bill quite nicely. In fact, one such collectible is indeed a bill. The Titanic Commemorative $2 Bill is genuine legal tender issued by the Merrick Mint that commemorates the maiden voyage and the sinking of the RMS Titanic. These crisp, uncirculated bills feature striking images of the RMS Titanic, and your order includes replica memorabilia from the RMS Titanic and the White Star Line.
Another option is the Deep Romance pendant. The stunning faux Ceylon sapphire pendant captures the romance and intrigue depicted by the “Heart of the Ocean” necklace featured in the blockbuster Titanic film by James Cameron. Inspired by one of history’s most famous gemstones, the Deep Romance pendant is a lovely and romantic way to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.
Whether you commemorate the event by watching The History Channel, taking a memorial cruise, or re-enacting the “king of the world” pose while listening to Celine Dion, there is no question that the sinking of the titanic is one of the world’s most enduring legends.