Built and designed by Harland and Wolff, a firm located in Belfast, Ireland, the Titanic was the largest and most luxurious ship ever created in its time. Those who designed and built the ship said it was “unsinkable.” Cue Celine Dion music and Jack Dawson’s proclamation that he is “King of the Wooooooooooorld!!!!”
As we all know, the ship did sink (after allegedly hitting an iceberg) on April 14, 1912, just five days after the start of its cross-Atlantic voyage from Southampton, England to New York City. The SMS Titanic collided with an iceberg, sank to the ocean floor and took approximately 1,500 lives that fateful night. The event was captured and put on the silver screen in 1997 in director James Cameron’s “Titanic,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Jack and Kate Winslet as Rose. Get ready for a Titanic 100 year anniversary TV special that will surely intrigue you.
Brief History of the Titanic
There were a number of operational failures that led to the tragedy, but to this day whatever caused the Titanic’s sinking is fully known. One of the most shocking failures, however, was that although the Titanic was carrying over 2,200 passengers, including her crew, there were only enough lifeboats for about 1,200 people. As a result of such failures, Britain and the United States worked together to create more stringent maritime regulations and the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, an international treaty focusing on the safety of merchant ships.
100 Year Anniversary Special
April 14, 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, and the National Geographic Channel (DISH Channel 186) is airing two specials to mark the anniversary. The first—Sunday, April 8 at 8 p.m. EST–features Titanic: The Final Word with James Cameron. In this two-hour special, the man behind the movie, Titanic, leads an investigation into exactly what transpired on that fateful night in 1912. Apparently Cameron’s film turned him into a Titanic fanatic. “He is a freak about the Titanic,” says Michael Cascio, Executive VP of Programming for National Geographic Channel. “He is obsessed with trying to find out exactly why it sank.” Be sure to join James Cameron and the countless experts he works with as they try to unearth the mystery of the sinking of the SMS Titanic.
On the second night—April 9 at 10:00 p.m. EST—Bob Ballard, the man who discovered the final resting place of the Titanic in 1985, is on a mission to protect that resting place. The Titanic has been at the bottom of the ocean for 100 years now, and more and more facts are coming to light that prove natural elements, recovery attempts and even uneducated divers hoping to visit the site are all taking their toll on the famous ship. Dr. Ballard has made it his mission to preserve the Titanic in its final resting place.
Watch NATGEO on DISH
Be sure to tune in to the National Geographic Channel (DISH channel 186) on April 8 at 8:00 p.m. and April 9 at 10:00 EST to catch this in-depth look into the sinking of the SMS Titanic. This Titanic 100 year anniversary TV special is sure to be fascinating for all ages. The National Geographic Channel can be found on America’s Top 200 package and above.