This weekend marked the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. The sinking of the “unsinkable” passenger ship, was immortalized in the movie of the same name, which has just been re-released to theaters in 3-D. Memorial cruises to the place in the ocean where the Titanic sunk occurred, and rose petals were dropped to remember the passengers and crew who lost their lives. In my area, the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee held ceremonies. If you’re on Twitter, you may have found an account reenacting the tweets that may have happened as the ship went down…assuming that the internet and Twitter existed 100 years ago (and of course, there would have been internet access on the ship even if it had existed).
An account called @TitanicRealTime appeared, tweeting about the disaster as if it were occurring now. Sponsored by @TheHistoryPress, @TitanicRealTime took readers through the disaster. Here are some samples of the tweets.
#officer Californian ATS has just informed us she has had to stop due to a field of pack ice – I’ve informed the lookouts.” #firstclass The lights in the lounges have been extinguished and have been moved from the reading & writing room on A Deck. Time to turn in. #officer 3 gongs coming from the lookout and a report on the telephone – Iceberg Right Ahead. Hard-a-starboard #engineering Water pouring in 2ft above stokehold plates in boiler room 6 and in the empty starboard side forward bunker of boiler room 5! #bandmaster No questions, I have received an order to play, and play we will.
In 100 years, real time tweets will be able to be unearthed, as all tweets are being archived by the Library of Congress. We didn’t have Twitter and our present-day social media for the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, but we have to chronicle revolutions and tornado damage among others, and the next big disaster will be able to be seen in real time by future generations.