Cape Race, Newfoundland Prepares for the 100th Anniversary of sinking of RMS Titanic
Cape Race, NL - December 28, 2011 - Cape Race, Newfoundland has become the focus of attention for many international jet setters and adventure seekers who want to be a close as possible to the Titanic when events are scheduled to mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the luxury liner.
In the first of a series of reports, we reached Dave Snow, a private tour operator who is working with the local committee of Receiving Titanic. Mr. Snow discusses some of the historical significance of Cape Race and the sinking of the Titanic.
The events surrounding the Titanic in Cape Race are bringing out the star power. James Cameron has offered to do a" Live Call In" as well as help promote the historical events that will take place in the area. Some are willing to pay up to $50,000.00 so they can take the MIR submersible submarine below the service and view the Titanic.
"People everywhere want to reach out and connect with the Titanic." says Larry Daley of Titanic Exhibits/Expeditions, Inc. "From visiting all the Titanic ports in Europe to paying $50,000 for the opportunity to take a submersible over the actual wreck and gravesite, people want to connect with Titanic and become personally involved with the story. This is why the cruise ships that are going to be over Titanic on the centennial date of April 14/15 are sold out, and this is why more of us are going to be at Cape Race, Newfoundland for April 2012." Mr. Delay is pictured above with James Cameron wearing his Cape Race cap.
Cape Race is the site on the Newfoundland coast where a giant Marconi Tower was used to receive communications from the Titanic – then the world's largest floating wireless station. The keen ears of the radio operators on Titanic and at Cape Race were put to work transcribing personal and private messages which would be passed on by cable to New York and elsewhere around North America. On the fateful night of April 14 Titanic's radio operator John Phillips told the other vessels on the North Atlantic to "Shut up, shut up, I am working Cape Race!" because he was in near constant communication with his wireless school chum Walter Gray, the Officer in Charge at Cape Race. Phillips was busy passing along personal messages from some of the world's richest and most powerful people as they used the new wireless technology to communicate and perhaps show off to their family and friends in North America. At 10:25 p.m. Cape Race received Titanic's distress call – the letters C.Q.D.- and ten minutes later Titanic's Phillips sent another wireless message stating Titanic's position with the infamous additional detail, "have struck iceberg". This message ranks with "Houston, we have a problem." as one of the world's most famous distress calls. At 12:27 a.m. (Newfoundland and Titanic time) on April 15 Titanic's wireless signal abruptly ended and the last link with the land ended.
Relatives of passengers and crew on Titanic are planning to mark the 100th anniversary of the disaster by sailing to the spot where the liner sank. The Cape Race Receiving Titanic initiative is inviting the world to join them and become a part of the Titanic story on the historic headland at Cape Race in Newfoundland's Iceberg Alley. For more information on the events and contacting tour operators, visit the website below.