New York and the Titanic

Today is the anniversary of the 1912 sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic. The disaster took place in the Atlantic, far from New York City, but NYC has always had a strong connection to the event. This is where the ship was headed when she sank. Consequently, Titanic buffs like myself have been known to make admittedly morbid pilgrimages to sites associated with the event. I’ve visited at least three.

There is the building in Lower Manhattan where the White Star Line’s offices were located, and where desperate family members and friends and members of the press flocked to find answers in the hours after the news of the sinking broke:


There are the Chelsea Piers on the west side, where the Titanic was scheduled to dock. I happened to take this photo at Chelsea Piers; the paddle wheel, while charming, is irrelevant:


Lastly, there is the Titanic Memorial Lighthouse, formerly located on the East River, but part of the South Street Seaport Museum since 1967:



May all her dead rest in peace.


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