RMS Titanic – 100 Years Later (video)

by Jim on 14 April 2012

100 years ago today, the RMS Titanic struck an iceberg, just south of Newfoundland and west of Nova Scotia.  Early in the morning of the 15th of April, 1912, the ship sank, leading to about 1500 deaths.

Built in Belfast, Ireland, as a part of the White Star Line, it was delivered to Southampton, England before beginning the voyage that was supposed to take it to New York.  As we all know now, the ship never made it.

In the years leading up to 1912, modern technology had promised solutions to human struggles.  Modern philosophy theorized that humanity was developing and evolving and that nothing could stop its eventual triumph.

The sinking of the Titanic shook the confidence of the world in humanity’s achievements.  Two world wars were about to shock the world again, as technology was used to fight and kill and conquer.

Today we’re at it again.  Technology – the great new species that humans will become – the triumph of democracy.  Technology will grant our heart’s desire, humanity will save us, and evolution will finally triumph.  How soon we forget the lessons of the past!

There is only one place where we should put our trust.  Long before the Titanic sailed, King David looked beyond armies and technology to our real hope…

May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble!
May the name of the God of Jacob protect you!
May he send you help from the sanctuary and give you support from Zion!
May he remember all your offerings and regard with favor your burnt sacrifices!

May he grant you your heart’s desire and fulfill all your plans!
May we shout for joy over your salvation,
and in the name of our God set up our banners!
May the LORD fulfill all your petitions!
Now I know that the LORD saves his anointed;
he will answer him from his holy heaven
with the saving might of his right hand.

Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.
They collapse and fall, but we rise and stand upright.
O LORD, save the king!
May he answer us when we call.
(Psalm 20:1-9)

Here is the only known footage to survive of the RMS (Royal Mail Ship) Titanic.

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Grandma C. April 14, 2012 at 10:27 pm

Wow! What a powerful though simple portayal of this famous and infamous event! The skill and arrogance of man that lead to a terrible tragedy.

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