My journey is soon to get underway. I am very excited for all of the experiences ahead, the interesting people to meet, but more importantly finding out why the fascination of the Titanic still lives on today with so many people. I know it does for me, not only through the eyes of Margaret Brown but also for all of those people sailing on the “Ship of Dreams” that were looking forward to their future in America.
The first portion of my journey will begin in Southampton, England as I set sail to two of the most critical sights where the creation of the Titanic began.
Our first stop will be in Liverpool where the headquarters of the White Star Line who commissioned the Titanic to be built by Harland and Wolff were originally located. The majority of the crew who worked on the Titanic was from Liverpool as well as Bruce Ismay (the Chairman and Managing Director of the White Star Line), Captain Smith (captain of the Titanic) and the ship’s musicians. This will be a great opportunity to experience part of the backbone of the ship and crew.
Our next stop will be in Belfast, Northern Ireland where the Titanic evolved from a concept to a reality. . Beginning in 1909, 4,000 employees worked on the hull of the Titanic while thousands continued to work on the infrastructure and interior details, making it the largest object ever to be built at the time. By the end of her completion, Titanic had become the most luxurious and elegant ship in the world and one that could not fail to impress. Leaving from here I hope to capture the true effort and hard work it took to make this truly the “Ship of Dreams”.
Perhaps by this time I hope to be closer to the fascination of the Titanic.
While I am on this journey, back at The Molly Brown House Museum there will additional Titanic activities. There will be a screening of The Unsinkable Molly Brown film at the Denver Film Center on April 3, 2012 that includes a lecture on the myth versus the reality of Margaret Brown.
My next blog is how my chase will begin to find Molly.