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One hundred years after its sinking, the world remembers the Titanic.

Halifax : Canada | Apr 15, 2012 at 3:47 PM PDT
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100th Anniversary of the Titanic's Disaster

Halifax, the Canadian city that collected the bodies of the passengers of the ship, made ​​a commemorative tours and concerts including a tribute to the fateful boat.

At dawn on April 15, marked a century of the tragedy of the "unsinkable" ocean liner, which killed 1,500 people. Thousands of inhabitants of Halifax were launched from Saturday night to the streets to pay tribute to victims of the Titanic and the sailors of the Canadian city, 100 years ago took on the task of recovering bodies after the wreck.

Despite the low temperatures, thousands of people crowded into the Grand Parade Square, opposite the City of Halifax, to participate in the night of the bells, an audiovisual show that toured the ship's history.

The evening had begun on the waterfront, within walking distance of the pier where two weeks after the Titanic sank the ship Mackay-Bennett a macabre cargo unloaded: 306 bodies recovered from the cold Atlantic Ocean water.

A hearse drawn by two horses and preceded by two members of the RCMP who wore black, instead of the traditional red coat, marched through downtown Halifax, preceded a parade of military pipe bands and citizens of the city Canada.

In the square, where he had installed a stage decorated with a replica of the bow of the tragic transatlantic succeeded audiovisuals, musical performances and performances to recreate what happened exactly a century ago when the then world's largest ship collided with an iceberg.

What happened was a tragedy that marked forever to Halifax, a city of 300 000 inhabitants, as noted by one of the presenters of the night of the bells, is perhaps after Ireland's Belfast, the more connected with the Titanic.

When word of the collision and sinking of the Titanic, White Star Line, the shipping company that owns the luxurious floating hotel, seemed content at a time with the rescue of 710 of more than 2,200 occupants of the ship and took two days to mount an operation to recover as many victims as possible.

In fact, it was not until other ships passing through the waters of the tragedy reported the macabre spectacle of hundreds of bodies floating in the waters of the Atlantic when White Star Line chartered the Mackay-Bennett to retrieve bodies.

On 17 April, the ship that was engaged in the repair of submarine cables, left with embalming fluid and other provisions to engage in the painful task. But soon the men of the Mackay-Bennett realized that supplies were not sufficient for the number of corpses found, and their minds were prepared to face a tragedy of such magnitude.

One of the crew of the Mackay-Bennett, Clifford Crease, written subsequently reflected in how much it had affected the recovery of bodies, especially the discovery of a child under two years old. The body of the small, floating without a life jacket, was the fourth that the Mackay-Bennett recovered upon arrival at the sinking of the Titanic.

Crease and the rest of the sailors swore at the time that the child was his responsibility, called him "our baby" and that they would take care to give him a proper funeral.

For nearly 90 years, the baby's body rested in Fairview Lawn Cemetery along with the remains of another 120 victims of the wreck, unidentified, simply with the inscription: "Erected in memory of an unknown child whose remains were recovered after the Titanic disaster, the April 15, 1912. "

The identity remained small until 2007; DNA testing showed it was Sidney Leslie Goodwin, an English boy of 19 who traveled with his parents in steerage. Sidney's parents also died in the cold Atlantic waters.

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On April 15, 1912, the world was shocked to hear the "unsinkable" Titanic had sunk when striking an iceberg. No one has forgotten 100 years later and no one will 100 years from now.
Vicky247 is based in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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