The Titanic has always created headlines... it was in the news when it set out on its maiden voyage in 1912... and it is still in the news today. The ship and its sad story are truly legendary, each in its own right. The sinking of the Titanic, in the cold waters of the Atlantic, en route from Southampton to New York City, claimed the lives of 1,500 people. To this day, the story of the ship, its victims and its survivors continue to fascinate the world.
There have been several myths and superstitions associated with that fateful incident. We take a look at a few of them
A famous story was that the ship sank because it carried an Egyptian mummy - the vengeful Princess of Amen-Ra - that had already caused a number of mysterious deaths. There were many stories fabricated around the subject. The truth, however, was that the coffin was, and still is, in the British Museum. It is said that the tale of the mummy's revenge may have been made up by English journalist and spiritualist William Stead, who narrated it to fellow passengers on the Titanic.
Another religious belief that circulated among the largely Protestant people of Belfast (where the ship was built) was that the Titanic's hull number - 390904 - if looked at in a mirror could be made to look like "NO POPE". The truth is the assigned number was 401.
The Irish News and Belfast Morning News, in its 1 June, 1911 coverage of the launch of the Titanic, detailed the system of watertight compartments and electrically-controlled watertight doors and concluded that these made the ship practically "unsinkable". However, this was a claim that neither the ship's owners - the White Star Line - nor the shipbuilders -Harland and Wolff - ever made. Unfortunately, after the ship sank, the media just couldn't resist the urge!
Meanwhile, to celebrate more pleasant memories of the legendary ship and pay homage to the victims, the Titanic Memorial Cruise (the ship, this time, is the Balmoral) set out to re-live the original trip with 1,309 passengers aboard, following the same route as the Titanic.
The organisers aim to recreate the onboard experience of the time, down to choice of cuisine and the live band playing music from the era - in itself a tribute to the ship's brave musicians, who famously played while the ship was sinking.
The passengers include relatives of those who lost their lives in the tragedy, authors, historians and people who are just fascinated by the Titanic story.
Take a glimpse of the "new" Titanic cruise...