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A Titanic Anniversary

January 9th, 2012

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The 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic will be marked in 2012, and a group in Halifax, Nova Scotia says the city should play a large role in the commemoration.

There are already ceremonies and events planned in Ireland where the “unsinkable” ship was built, as well as Southampton on the south coast of England where the Titanic saw land for the last time.

The Titanic struck an iceberg at 11:40 PM on April 14, 1912 and sank less than three hours later, about 590 kilometres south of Newfoundland, killing 1,522 passengers and crew.

Ken Pinto, who heads the Titanic 100 group in Halifax, says the city has an intricate and little-known Titanic connection. “There were 132 Canadians aboard the Titanic. Most Canadians don’t know that. Finally after all these years we will recognize out Titanic heritage,” said Pinto.

There are 150 Titanic victims buried in Halifax..

At the time, the largest passenger steamship in the world, the White Star Line vessel was equipped with the most modern wireless technology available in its day. The wireless transmissions, sent in Morse code, were crucial in saving survivors and communicating news of the sinking.

The ship’s resting spot remained a mystery until 1985, when a joint American-French expedition found it 3.8 kilometres below the ocean surface.

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