Titanic Treasure


The Titanic’s last lunch meal is serving up a five figure menu.

Earlier this week the online New York auctioneer Lion Heart Autographs sold the Titanic’s last lunch menu for $88,000. The item was saved from the sinking ship by a first class passenger who was reportedly on the lifeboat known as the money boat. It was given this name by people who say one of the first class passengers bribed the seven crew members to row away from the Titanic. According to reports there were only six passengers on the boat which was made to carry forty.  read more »

A Titanic Theme Park


The sinking of the Titanic is one of the greatest tragedies in history; and now the story is spreading.

A life sized replica of the Titanic will become the centerpiece of a landlocked theme park in China. That park will feature a museum and a shipwreck simulator to give visitors an idea of what it was like during the 1912 disaster.

The group funding the project says it's worth spreading the spirit of the Titanic. It says the universal love and sense of responsibility during the shipwreck represent the richness of civilization. And to help visitors capture that emotion the theme park will feature a simulator that allows people to feel what the moment of impact was like.  read more »

The Tale of Titanic,


People love a good story; and one of the best tales of all is paying off for Northern Ireland.

I recently took a tour of the Titanic Belfast. A museum dedicated to the world's most famous ship wreck; built in the same place as the Titanic herself. While there the museum’s CEO Tim Husbands told me they estimated 425,000 visitors in the first year. But since opening 16 months ago more than a million people have come aboard.

“It doesn't surprise us because the story of Titanic has been around 100 years so you have this fantastic heritage on which to base. But it's a tragic, it's a romantic, it's an adventure story of ultimate proportions it's a tale of heroism and people love those kinds of stories.”  read more »

Titanic Belfast


A little embarrassment can go a long way.

Last weekend I visited the Titanic Belfast, A Northern Ireland museum about the world's most famous shipwreck. The Titanic was built in Belfast, and for decades the city was embarrassed to be associated with it. But then the wreck was discovered and director James Cameron made audiences fall in love with her tragic story. Tim Husbands is the museum CEO.

“We felt that after those two incidents that we should be celebrating what was a fantastic feat of engineering, celebrating the history of maritime and the history of our workforce in Belfast.”

Plus the worldwide interest meant an increase in visitors. Since opening 16 months ago more than a million people have come through.  read more »

Stumping the Twitter Verse


Twitter is an outlet for your every thought; but some tweets you should keep to yourself.

Last weekend Rodney King was found dead at the bottom of his pool. Like most major headlines the news quickly went viral and began trending on twitter. King became famous after he was videotaped being beaten by Los Angeles police in 1991. But shortly after the news of his death people began tweeting the question; “who is Rodney King?”

And it’s not the first time. The same question went out after the death of Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb and TV host Dick Clark. But it’s not just the dearly departed baffling twitter users; historical events have many stumped as well.  read more »

The Titanic II


The unsinkable Titanic is now lying at the bottom of the north Atlantic. Now one Australian businessman wants to build a replica he hopes will never sink.

One hundred years after its fateful and deadly journey plans for a titanic two are underway. Earlier this week Clive Palmer announced that he is going to build a truly unsinkable version of the ocean liner. Palmer who made his fortune from mining and tourism says it is expected to make its maiden voyage from England to New York in late 2016.  read more »

An Unhappy Anniversary


This weekend we celebrate a not so happy anniversary.

A hundred years ago, on April 15th, Titanic, the ship dubbed unsinkable, sank below the waves of the north Atlantic, and into history as one of the world’s great disasters. At the time she was considered a technological marvel. It had telephone service on-board, along with wireless communications that warned the cocky captain of iceberg sightings ahead that went unheeded, and doomed the ship.

It’s hard to imagine such a disaster happening today. I crossed the Atlantic last year from Southampton to New York aboard the Cunard lines Queen Mary Two, tracing the path of Titanic. Cunard had bought the White Star Line that owned Titanic, so it traces its lineage to that ill-fated company.  read more »