Monday, 16 April 2012

Titanic Remembering

I may be a few days late but have been so struck by all the Titanic memories that have been in the newspapers and on television recently. This is the front page of the Southampton Echo on Saturday and as I have looked at the photo I am so aware of the contrast between the magnificent and the everyday.    The  normal everyday dock yard life continuing against the backdrop of this magnificent ship: The old man sitting on the wall, the group of men in the background presumably working on the dock,  another captain walking past importantly while the women of the time are not captured in this image.  I have been thinking of those women; wives, mothers and daughters  of the seamen, stewards and ship workers and wondering what they felt as their loved ones set sail that day.  Probably they were grateful for work and a wage coming in to the family.

I watched this clip  and found it incredibly moving,  the actor who played the captain in the 1997 film 'Titanic' walks down a Southampton street and names the men who lived there  and died in the disaster.  In total 538 crewmen who were registered with a Southampton address lost their lives in the tragedy,  so many families left without a husband, father or son.  No other city felt the impact as strongly.

Can you imagine what it must have felt like to be waiting for news of your loved ones?

  In a time before welfare benefits the inevitable poverty the family would have fallen into without a breadwinner, must have been a huge worry for the women.

To mark this  centenary  the  BBC visited the  Southampton school where my husband teaches history, the whole school took part in a special day dressing up to represent different sections of society on the ship.   They filmed some of the pupils sharing their family memories and passing on stories of relatives who perished.  Everyday families who  eventually survived the aftermath of the disaster

It must have been  very moving when the same number of pupils as   people who were lost were grouped together; a visual reminder to the whole school  assembled on the field of the impact the disaster had on the city.

It is good and right to remember the Titanic, and all who were lost, but we must  also remember and celebrate the survival of all the grieving families left behind. 

Their survival story  was just beginning.


  1. Lovely post, Grace. It must have been very frightening for all the women and children left behind in, as you say, a country before welfare. Really big ships scare me but I would never let it stop me from going on one, I do love an adventure! xxx

  2. We have a female family relative who died when another great ship the Lusitania sank in 1915, also resulting in the loss of the majority of civilian passengers and crew. Though this was a war disaster rather than an accident I find the same feelings evoked in me regarding those on board and those who suffered family loss.

  3. What a lovely post. You're right when you say that we should remember those who were left behind. They must have been remarkable people to have dealt not only with their grief, but also trying to survive in a world without welfare benefits. When I lived in Winchester we visited Southampton on a school trip. The QE2 was in dock - it was huge , and the most amazing thing I'd ever seen.

  4. I agree Grace, what a lovely thought provoking post. I have found the past few weeks remebering Titanic fascinating but upsetting, as a parent, but also because of how much our society takes for granted now.

  5. PS forgot to say I nominated you for the parent blog awards x

  6. Thank you for this Grace - a really interesting and thoughtful post xx

  7. Grace, this truly is a moving and incredible post! Thank you for the pictures and the clip! I had no idea....and so many young families affected! Don't you know, it was a job of a lifetime, to be working on this great ship! After seeing the movie, it took me a few weeks to recover. I don't plan on seeing the 3D version...the first time was real enough for me!

  8. I agree, it is right to remember. How hard it must have been for the families left behind, so tragic. I bet it was very moving seeing all the school children grouped together like that, it really brings it home to you.

  9. A very moving post Grace, a fascinating story and interesting to see it from that angle.I had never realised how many families would have been affected in Southampton.Very sad.

  10. Hello, new to your blog but thoroughly enjoying it already!
    I grew up in Southampton, went to primary school in Highfield and then to St Anne's, and wasn't really aware of the impact of Titanic either. Husband is from Larne and we've been aware of the effect on the shipbuilders in Belfast recently.
    Off to read some more posts!
    Sandra x

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