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Titanic hasn’t sunk yet; people continue to dissect the old boat’s mysteries

An interest, a passion, an obsession — such is the subject of Titanic, the great, unsinkable ship that went down in April 1912, an occasion whose centennial is keeping enthusiasts busy this year, including the two who will speak at 3:30 p.m. today in the Hall of Christ.

Longtime Chautauquan Steve Piper, whose interest has become his passion, will share his obsession, relating some history and some new findings about the ship and where it lies.

Journalism professor and writer Julie Hedgepeth Williams will discuss her recent book, A Rare Titanic Family: The Caldwells’ Story of Survival, which relates the tragedy though the eyes of her great-uncle Albert Caldwell, who, with his family, through grit and good fortune, was one of the few to survive the ordeal intact.

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Titanic lecture will cover overview of ship, dispel myths

The Titanic’s presence in world culture keeps the memory of its tragic ending alive.

It was 11:40 p.m. on April 14, 1912, when the ship scraped against an iceberg. The Titanic, dubbed “unsinkable” by journalists, sank 2 hours and 40 minutes later. Only 705 of its more than 2,200 passengers survived.

The tragedy has become a part of popular culture. Since the ship sank 100 years ago, more than 1,000 books have been printed, 11 movies produced and one Broadway musical performed.

In light of the shipwreck’s centennial, Parker H. Lee III will speak about the Titanic’s history during his lecture, “How Should We Remember the Titanic,” at 1 p.m. Saturday in Smith Wilkes Hall, sponsored by the Program Office.

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