Tuesday, April 14, 2015

It's That Time Of The Year - April 14th, 1912

The US Coast Guard was created because of this.

The house flag of the White Star Line is up on the flagpole again; it's my custom to hoist it every year at this time in memory of all those who were lost on that cold night in 1912.


6 comments:

  1. Did you have relatives on the ship?

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    1. We're not sure; family legend has it that we had a relative who was emigrating to the US from the north of England who was lost. I'm still trying to track this down, but family information and history is both fragmented and hard-to-find; my great-grand-parents on my father's side, who might have known the details, were both killed while crossing a street in Rhode Island by a drunk driver and so we lost a great amount of history. I think that that incident may have led to my obsession with being an archivist and historian...

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  2. Did you have relatives on the ship?

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    1. I also started doing this after a very sad incident that I had when James Cameron's "Titanic" came out. I was in a group of younger people, high-school aged, who were discussing the movie. It became obvious that they had no idea what had happened that April in 1912 - "You do know that this is a real event, don't you? The ship sank in 1912." "What? Really??? No way!!!"

      Yes, really. I don't know what they teach in history classes any more; I used to have to provide lessons in the subject to my first two adopted daughters, as their 'progessive' high school failed miserably in that regard.

      After that, The Missus found me a White Star Line house flag, and I hoist it every year in an attempt to keep the memory of that night alive.

      One does what what one can.

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    2. Ugh. Ugh. Ugh.

      How do children become so ignorant growing up in "the information age?" I just don't get it.

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  3. Posted for Shelby, due to a techical issue:

    Shelby Michlin - Apr 16, 2015

    Again, can't seem to post a reply on your Blogger page (I hate those guys!), but fortunately I copied it to the clipboard before I clicked "publish," so here it is my reply to you and JB:
    What is considered important to include in a child's education changes as trends change. Also, the longer history goes on, the less you can teach within the school years -- It can't all be included. Just like we don't teach Latin and Greek, or read the classics that would've been taught in the 1700's or 1800's. Some of the slack has to be picked up by parents, who will be selective in what they pass on, too. However, I understand what you're saying. I usually tease young people when I stumble upon gaps in their education.

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