Titanic 100th Anniversary
Halifax, Nova Scotia was the closest major port to where the Titanic sank. Within hours of the sinking of the Titanic, The White Star line chartered ships from the Commercial Cable Company and Western Union of Halifax to search for victims of the sinking. This proximity and involvement makes the city of Halifax an ideal location to mark the centennial of the tragedy.
The Halifax Regional Municipality is planning many activities across town for the centennial. There will be festivities including concerts, a film festival, an academic conference, and various art events. There will also be tours of museums, memorials and ships in the harbor. As well, there will be a wake and commemoration to honour the memory of those who died in the disaster. This is an event 100 years in the making and it promises to be a mix of respectful remembrance and educational entertainment.
For greater details about the major organizations involved and the planned events for the centennial, please follow the links below for schedules and further information.
White Star Line director J. Bruce Ismay approves plans for the construction of the Titanic and her sister ship, the Olympic.
Construction of the Titanic and the Olympic begins in Belfast, Ireland.
May 31, 1911
The Titanic is launched into Belfast Harbour before a crowd of 100 000.
April 10, 1912
With great ceremony, the Titanic departs from Southampton on her maiden voyage to New York Harbour.
April 14, 1912
The Titanic strikes an iceberg in the North Atlantic.
- The Sinking
April 15, 1912
The Titainc sinks, along with more than 1500 passengers and crew members.
April 18, 1912
The Cunard liner Carpathia arrives in New York with 745 survivors.
April 22, 1912
Halifax cable ships join in the massive recovery effort. Over 150 deceased are brought to Halifax. More are buried at sea.
September 1, 1985
Dr. Robert Ballard and his crew discover the Titanic's remains on the ocean floor, using a remote submersible craft.
Ballard's team returns to the wreck, where they observe the strange underwater growths known as rusticles.
- Halomonas titanicae
The "Titanic bacterium" is named one of the International Institute for Species Education's top 10 newly-discovered species.
- 100th Anniversary
The 100th annniversary is commemorated around the world with memorial events and heritage projects.