April 15 is the 100th year anniversary of the RMS Titanic hitting an iceberg in the North Atlantic and sinking more than 2 miles to the bottom. The cruise ship, once proclaimed to be unsinkable, had over 2,000 passengers when it crashed and only 705 people were rescued. Not only were there not enough lifeboats to save everyone aboard, most of the lifeboats did not get filled to capacity during the chaos. At 12:17 a.m. the Titanic struck the iceberg. Just 2 hours later, the ship snapped in half. Then it sunk completely under water by 2:20 a.m. The first survivor was picked up at 4:10 a.m. by the ship Carpathia. The rescue lasted 4 hours.
There is a Titanic Memorial cruise from Southampton to New York planned for the anniversary. It is sold out. The Titanic Anniversary cruise from New York to Southampton has limited availablity, though, if you are interested. The tickets start at a mere $999.
The 1997 epic romance Titanic, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslett, is being re-released by director James Cameron as Titanic 3D on April 4. So, now you can renew your love for those famous scenes like "I'm the king of the world!" or "I'll never let go Jack" in 3D!
Learn more about the Titanic and the famous tragedy that befell it by searching ACLD's online catalog and place holds on books, digital media, audio, or movies.
You can also research using ACLD's online databases like Newsbank and MasterFILE Premier. Or come to the library and peruse our collection of journals and magazines.
There is mountains of information related to the RMS Titanic. Luckily, the Alachua County Library District, with it's 12 branches and multiple bookmobiles, has the resources to keep you up to speed.