Tjipetir blocs, still washing ashore, are attributed to the sinking of the Miyazaka Maru in 1917. TraceyLovesHistory does a wonderful job of adding sharing some history and heart for those poor souls)
I have been fascinated by the sinking of the Titanic since I read Beryl Bainbridge’s Booker nominated novel Every Man for Himself many years ago (before watching the movie, she adds smugly). I remember lying in the bath in my house in Westdene reading the book with my mouth and nose under the water, trying to imagine what it must be like to have to inhale under such circumstances. Of course, it would have been more accurate if I had chucked a few blocks of ice into the bath but alas, I was not that fascinated.
The footage below is from 1912- before and after the sinking (thanks History Today). I know it’s macabre, but I could watch the farewell waves of the passengers over and over. I keep trying to fix on a face and imagine their story. I also love the scenes of drunken relief as the survivors are filmed on board the rescue ship, the Carpathia…
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