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6. Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
The final resting place for 150 of Titanic's victims.
Many of Titanic’s victims were buried in Canada’s premier maritime city, the closest city to the sinking.
A curling rink was set up as a temporary morgue, and while the bodies of some U.S. victims were shipped home for local burial, the 150 that remained were buried mostly in Fairview Lawn non-denominational cemetery. There are also 19 graves in Catholic Mount Olivet and 10 in the Baron de Hirsch Jewish cemetery.
As well as the graveyards, Halifax has some moving mementoes of the tragedy in its Maritime Museum, including the leather shoes of an “unknown child” who was buried there before being identified years later.
The museum is staging a special exhibition on the cable ships that recovered 205 bodies from the wreck. The Bedford Institute of Oceanography in the cty has its own Titanic display.
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More than 5,500 artifacts, amounting to around US$189 million.
The luckiest people alive in 1912 were the 705 Titanic passengers who lived to see the Manhattan skyline courtesy of RMS Carpathia, the liner which rescued survivors from the lifeboats.
A century later, their descendants may well ponder if it’s part of their heritage going under the hammer in an auction of 5,500 objects recovered from the ship being sold off in New York by Guernsey’s auctioneers and brokers.
Everything from the hairpin of a fleeing passenger to a diamond name bracelet to a chunk of the liner’s hull went under the hammer on April 11 -- but this was not a sale for souvenir-hunters.
A court order has stipulated that the whole collection must go as one lot to a collector who will keep it shipshape and allow the public to view it from time to time. The collection has been valued at around US$189 million.
[url=http://www.guernseys.com/]www.guernseys.com8. Branson, Missouri, United States
This museum is ship-shape.
The U.S. midwest may be well inland from the Atlantic, but a version of Titanic lives on permanently at Titanic Branson, a two-story museum shaped like the ship itself.
Bizarrely, perhaps, it’s one of a pair -- there’s a sister museum at Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, and between them they claim to have 800 artifacts from the ship, as well as emotional tributes like a memorial wall telling survivors’ stories.
There’s also a full-scale replica of the ship’s Grand Staircase and a first-class suite recreated from architects’ drawings, not to mention an 5.4-meter model of the ship that took two years to build.
Poignantly, upon entry each visitor receives a “boarding pass” bearing the name of an actual passenger or crew member. Even more poignant is the sight of Madeleine Astor’s life-vest at Pigeon Forge -- the only one, claims the museum, authenticated as coming from the Titanic.
www.titanicbranson.com9. Victoria, Australia
Your chance to partake in a Titanic meal.
Trust Melbourne, home of the world’s tackiest soap operas, to make a theatrical entertainment out of a tragedy.
It’s been a decade since “Captain” Andrew Singer invested a fortune in recreating the Titanic’s dining rooms, installing special effects and commissioning a theater to recreate the last dinner on the fated ship.
There’s a formal dress code in First Class, fog machines and loud bangs to wash down the casual grub in steerage, and at midnight the entire company abandons ship. Not that this dinner theater is actually afloat -- so the management promises you won’t get wet “unless a spillage occurs.”
In nearby Ballarat, there is a much more touching tribute to the victims. The Titanic Memorial Bandstand is dedicated to the musicians who played on, hell-bent on doing what they could to raise morale as the ship went down. All eight members of the orchestra perished.
www.titanic.com.au10. Mystic, Connecticutt, United States
An aquarium is perhaps the most apt memorial for the ship.
An aquarium may seem an unlikely venue for recreating a human tragedy, but in Mystic the Sea Research Foundation is making a serious attempt at bringing to life the atmosphere and emotions of the fateful night.
A former designer from Disney has browsed the archives of maritime explorer Robert Ballard, who discovered the wreck of the ship in 1985, to create an ambitious interactive exhibition.
The first room focuses on the happy anticipation around the construction, but the mood changes sharply as visitors progress to the next room, dominated by a giant iceberg.
Here, a drop in temperature and warning messages sets the scene for the disaster room, which aims to make passengers feel as if they have descended 13,795 meters to the ocean bed.