Ever wondered how it would be if Twitter existed when RMS Titanic sank? You don’t need to wonder anymore! The industrious guys over at The History Press are tweeting out the last of Titanic’s epic journey, even as you read this.
On this day, 101 years ago, the famously “unsinkable” RMS Titanic made its first and last voyage. The ship sank in the freezing waters of the North Atlantic after hitting an iceberg on its way from Southampton, UK to New York City, USA. About 1,500 died with the sinking ship.
Titanic has captured the imaginations of generations over the year. From being an inspiration for fictional and non fictional books, Titanic’s story become a well known one with James Cameron’s 1997 movie of the same name.
Read about how the ship sank, from the perspective of the crew and guests
Now, The History Press, via the Twitter handle @TitanicRealTime is tweeting out the last moments of RMS Titanic’s journey, in a unique first person narrative. The tweets started trickling in from March, a month before Titanic was to “set sail”. Tweets from the Captain of the ship, crew members and the engineering staff all dot the Twitter timeline. Initially, tweets were about the ship, its build and the route it will be undertaking. Tweets like “#crew I can't believe the length of A Deck, the Promenade Deck – 546ft from one end to the other. Incredible,” paint a vivid picture of the ship.
Interestingly, this is not the first time @TitanicRealTime is setting sail. The account tweeted the entire journey out last year too. So why should you follow an account that is tweeting the same things out again? Well, because real time is a lot more fun!
The account is giving out nearly a minute by minute update of what was happening on the sinking Titanic that fateful night. Tweets like “#bandmaster No questions, I have received an order to play, and play we will,” are bound to send shivers down your spine as you read it.
@TitanicRealTime is an unusual marriage of historical events and Twitter’s real-time capabilities. It is not the only account to tweet historical events out, though. There is the very interesting @RealTimeWWII that has been tweeting out the World War II in multiple languages as well. While the journey of Titanic lasts for a month every year, @RealTimeWWII will be tweeting the entire five year long war on Twitter. The Twitter handles by the publishers play out by the day, down to the minute in the 21st century.
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