As promised, I’m taking a break from UNESCO sites today to show you a really nice card that Glenn sent during National Postcard Week (which was the first week of May; I have a lot of catching up to do!) This card commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Titanic and its tragic sinking:
The Titanic sailed from Southampton, England, stopping in Cherbourg, France and Queenstown, Ireland before crossing the Atlantic on its way to New York City. It never made it that far, however, as it struck an iceberg and sank on April 15, 1912, near the Grand Banks of Newfoundland. Less than a third of the people aboard survived, and only one in five victims’ bodies were recovered from the ocean. Many of these victims, unable to be identified, were buried in cemeteries in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
There were many special events this year to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Titanic and her sinking, but I think this card and its stamp are one of the most appropriate because in addition to her duties as a passenger ship, the Titanic also carried a large quantity of mail and packages. The designation RMS stands for Royal Mail Ship.
The loss of the Titanic and those aboard was a tragedy, but it also spurred better maritime safety legislation, including requirements for enough lifeboats to accommodate everyone on board, standardization of radio and flare signals, an international ice patrol, and changes in ship design. The Titanic was certainly not the last maritime disaster, but it was one of the most captivating and saddening.