It could be said that, along with many others in this part of England, I have become a little obsessed with the RMS Titanic which hit an iceberg 100 years ago today and sank in the early hours of the 15th April 1912 in the North Atlantic with the loss of over 1,500 lives.
Part of the reason for the need to soak up all the information that can be found about what happened to this ship and its passengers on its disastrous maiden voyage; is that I live very close to the port of Southampton and many of its crew came from this area. At the time of the disaster there was hardly a single street in the city that hadn’t lost someone on that ship and in those days that meant families were left without any income, there was no compensation or help for them. The stories of the crew and the passengers have been told and retold many times but they are fascinating. I have even met two people who had relations on board the fated ship. Someone I know very well discovered that her great uncle was a stoker and he went down with the ship. Last Sunday I sat next to a lady whose Great Grandmother was a survivor, but not only that she did her bit to row and steer the lifeboat that she was on. There is of course at the moment much on the television and radio about the disaster and some may say that it glorifies what happened. However, I don't think that is the case for we have a lot to learn from such tragedies. The people who were involved were just like you and me, frightened and vulnerable people who had to make decisions quickly. Some of the stories are heroic whilst others may seem even cowardly, but there is often the need to survive which can bring out the best or worst in all of us.
The tatted anchor was designed by Lily Qualls Morales, but I cannot find the link to it. Not sure if I tatted it correctly, but it is a lovely pattern that deserves a bettter attempt than mine!
On a more cheeful note as we remember the disaster that took place 100 years ago, I took some photographs of some Spring flowers blooming in Southamtpon today, just to cheer us and remind us of new life.