On April 10th, 1912, the Titanic set sail. 100 years and two day later the Balmoral is setting out to follow the Titanic’s wake, with the same number of passengers and hopefully a few more lifeboats. Retracing the Titanic’s route was the mastermind of a morbid travel agent who had planned to hire a Greek shipping firm with a record of fatal voyages that was more than willing to partner with his scheme. "The Titanic is so yesterday," according to Miles Morgan. "Think of the number of movies made about the ship. This cruise will serve the cinema industry for another century. Furthermore, there will be boom to the songwriters everywhere. After all, we’ve all heard that song about some iron freighter named for some unheard of Irishman till we puked.”
Unfortunately, the Greek shipping company connection fell through as all their ships were prematurely out of commission, having ran aground and flipped over or suffered from an on board fires. In the end, the Fred Olsen Cruise Line (which sounds like they should operate a dance studio), provided the Balmoral for the memorial event. The ship, despite being a hundred years newer than the Titanic, had to set sail two days earlier because it’s slower! So much for technology.
In other cruising news, Miles Morgan had planned to offer a reenactment of the clash between the USS Monitor and the CSS Virginia (known by Yankees as the Merrimack) on the 150th anniversary of their battle of March 9, 1862, but plans were scratched when he couldn’t find appropriate ships. “This is the perfect battle for a reenactment,” according to Morgan. “No one died; they just had massive headaches as the shells bounced off their iron.” Morgan had planned to offer his passengers free aspirin, which wasn’t available at the time of the battle. Having missed the date for the Monitor and Virginia showdown, Morgan is checking into a possible re-sailing of the Confederate submarine Huntley, which sank on February 16, 1864 (along with its victim) in Charleston harbor.
|South Haven (MI) lighthouse|
The above photo has nothing to do with the Titanic or a Civil War battle, but I was there on Saturday and decided to post it with Nevada Jack's story.