Titanic 100th anniversary events ramping up

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From commemorative cruise trips to TV documentaries to solemn ceremonies, the April 15 sinking of the RMS Titanic in 1912 will be honored and analyzed in the coming days.

• The New Yorker magazine has published a first-person account of the author’s personal fascination with the disaster.
“The magnificence, the pathos, the enthralling chivalry — Benjamin Guggenheim putting on white tie and tails so he could drown “like a gentleman” — and the shaming cowardice, the awful mistakes, the tantalizing “what ifs: for me, there was no better story,” the author writes.

Click here for the full essay, “Unsinkable: Why we can’t let go of the Titanic.”

• A cruise carrying relatives of some of the more than 1,500 people who died aboard the Titanic nearly 100 years ago set sail from England on Sunday to retrace the ship's voyage, including a visit to the location where it sank.

The Titanic Memorial Cruise, carrying the same number of passengers — not including crew — as the Titanic did, cast off from Southampton, where the doomed vessel left on its maiden voyage. The 12-night cruise will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the White Star liner.

Click here for the full report.

• In commemoration, the Coast Guard, Titanic Historical Society, Titanic International Society, and Titanic Museum Attractions will host a wreath and rose petal blessing in Boston. Five donated wreaths and 1.5 million dried rose petals will depart Boston aboard Coast Guard cutter Juniper to be dedicated and placed at sea over the Titanic's resting site. There, several cruise ships are scheduled to stop and reflect on the tragedy. Coast Guard cutter Juniper crewmembers will spread the rose petals at sea April 14, 100 years to the day when the great ship fatally struck an iceberg.