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RMS TITANIC END OF AN ERA Titanic still captures our imaginations after 85 years because her story is like a great novel that really happened The story couldnt have been written betterthe juxtaposition of rich and poor the gender roles played out unto death women first the stoicism and nobility of a bygone age the magnificence of the great ship matched in scale only by the folly of the men who drove her hell bent throughout the darkness And above all the lesson that life is uncertain the future unknowablethe unthinkable possible Cameron V 2227 souls aboard 1522 dead Only 705 were saved when 1360 or more could have been Discover what happened that fateful night hear how Dr Ballard discovered the ship in her final resting place and learn how James Camerons blockbuster movie was made Journey back now to TITANIC The Royal Mail Ship TITANIC was the last grand dream of a Guilded Age It was designed to be the greatest achievement of an era of prosperity confidence and propriety Paramount 1 Although no one knew it the world was about to change drastically Radio had been invented in 1901 The Wright Brothers first successful flight was in 1903 The old presumptions about class morals and gender-roles were about to be shattered If the concept of Titanic was the climax of the age then perhaps its sinking was the curtain that marked the end of an old drama and the start of a new one 1 The intensely competitive transatlantic steamship business had seen recent major advances in ship design size and speed White Star Line one of the leaders was determined to focus on size and elegance rather than pure speed In 1907 White Star Lines managing director J Bruce Ismay and Lord James Pirrie a partner in Harland Wolff White Star Lines ship-builder since its founding in 1869 conceived of three magnificent steam ships which would set a new
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