Titanic: Ship of Dreams

Titanic: Ship of Dreams

"The people we study in history were once as alive as we are this very minute." Nothing holds truer than the 2228 stories to be found on the RMS Titanic. This presentation is a glimpse into the world of 1912 and the amazing people who boarded the most luxurious and largest ship in the world and sailed off into immortality. Having traveled to all the sites that have Titanic connections (Belfast, Southampton, sinking site in North Atlantic, Halifax, NS et al.), Dr. Melinda Ratchford will take audiences on a voyage in time to learn about the Titanic, as well as to see her extensive collection of Titanic memorabilia. She will "introduce" listeners to the young Robert Spedden and his Stief bear, Polar; the world's richest man and his beautiful new wife who had to leave New York society under a cloud of shame; and the elderly man and wife who tested the vow of "til death do we part". This presentation will offer the chance to experience the world of courage, fear, love, and cowardice that is still alive over one hundred years after the Titanic's sinking.

There are multiple areas of emphasis in this presentation listed below. Speak with the scholar directly if your organization would like to request a particular emphasis:

  1.  The building, launch, sinking and representative stories of the passengers
  2.  Reception for the Dead in Halifax
  3.  Lure of the Titanic in the 21st century.
Requirements: 
lectern, microphone, digital projector, dvd player, screen, 3-4 display tables