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100 years later, Titanic-like disaster remains a risk
The sinking of the Titanic was one of the deadliest maritime accidents ever, and led to significant improvements in safety rules aimed at preventing similar calamities. Today’s cruise ships are far better equipped to cope with emergencies. Disasters at sea are rare. Still, the question lingers: Could it happen again?
Indiana cardsharp one of few men to escape Titanic
Charles Romaine's life appeared as fascinating as it was ironic. He survived the sinking of the Titanic in 1912 only to get struck and killed by a New York cab a block from his home 10 years later.
Visitors drawn to town where Titanic's dead are buried
This is a place that has a deep connection to the tragedy. Halifax is 700 miles west of the spot where the ocean liner hit an iceberg; the ships bringing bodies back to land arrived starting late in April.
Titanic replica sets sail ... in a pond
A 6-foot-long model of the Titanic – built on a scale of 1 to 144 of the original ocean liner -- is not just a showboat. With a custom-built rudder, propellers and remote control, it's made to sail, all the while looking like its namesake, down to the tiniest detail.
Great-granddaughter: Trip was ill-fated from the start
Fran Reynolds never met her great-grandparents. But, chances are, she knows far more about them then the average great-granddaughter. That’s because Samuel Beard Risien and his second wife, Emma Jane, died aboard the Titanic 100 years ago this week.
Titanic museums to mark anniversary of sinking
Titanic museums in the Smoky Mountains and Branson, Mo., have told the ship's story to 7 million visitors in the past six years. Now the attractions are marking the Titanic centennial by sponsoring a Coast Guard cutter to take 1.5 million rose petals to the North Atlantic site where the ship sank 100 years ago.
Sisters break silence about family connection to Titanic
Valerie Anewalt and Orian Greene are distinctive descendants of the Titanic. Two family members survived and two died aboard the ocean liner that sank off the coast of Newfoundland 100 years ago.
Matriarch's survival story inspires Pa. family
A Pennsylvania woman finds strength in the story of her great-grandmother, a Lebanese immigrant who survived the sinking of the Titanic aboard one of the last lifeboats to leave the ship, after being pulled to safety by "finely dressed" first-class passengers.
Belfast draws tourists to site where doomed ship was built
Belfast's impressive new tourist attraction — the 100-million pound ($160 million, €120 million) Titanic Belfast visitor center — offers a loving portrait of the excitement, ambition and opulence surrounding the doomed trans-Atlantic liner.
Teacher takes cruise re-enacting Titanic voyage
Kristi Athey says she won’t be able to stop the tears when she arrives at the watery gravesite in the North Atlantic where the Titanic struck an iceberg and sank a century ago. "It’s just so sad," said Athey, 47, a fourth-grade Maryland social studies teacher who has had a lifelong fascination with the Titanic. "I know I will be a mess."
Epic Titanic film gets 3-D treatment
Fifteen years, 11 Academy Awards and $1.84 billion at the worldwide box office later, James Cameron is re-launching "Titanic" in a 3-D version whose new earnings will close the gap on the film that eventually surpassed it as contemporary Hollywood's top-grossing flick. That would be Cameron's sci-fi epic "Avatar," with $2.8 billion.
Children drawn to Titanic tale; educators use caution
Many children are fascinated by the story of the Titanic -- sunken treasure, conspiracy theories and jarring tales of rich vs. poor. But there's also death, lots of it, and that has some parents, teachers and writers of children's books balancing potentially scary details with more palatable, inspirational fare.
TV specials revisit Titanic's final moments
From dramas to docs, the Titanic centennial won't escape TV's notice. On special programming, viewers will be welcomed aboard the doomed luxury vessel, hear stories of its passengers and crew, and explore the legacy of its tragic end.
- SLIDESHOW: New high-res images of Titanic wreckage New optical mosaics of the Titanic wreckage combine hundreds of high-resolution images captured on a 2010 expedition. They are featured in the April 2012 edition of National Geographic magazine.
Titanic's sinking began world's fascination with disasters
Epic disasters — the anguished cries, the stories of heroism — are the central narratives of our age, both enthralling and horrifying. And our obsession began a century ago, unfolding in just 160 terrifying minutes, on a supposedly unsinkable ship, as more than 1,500 souls slipped into the icy waters of the North Atlantic. And the band played on.
- 100 years later, Titanic-like disaster remains a risk