A 104 YEAR-OLD MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE
Countdown, 24 hours – April 13th, 1912 ten minutes to midnight – a mountain of ice lurking in the waters of the North Atlantic, awaits the Titanic, steaming towards it on its way to the bright lights of New York with 2,224 passengers and crew on board.
Countdown, two hours ten minutes – April 14, 1912 ten minutes to midnight – TITANIC’s side scrapes the iceberg. Small chunks of ice land on the decks. At first they’re a novelty and used as ice cubes in drinks… When the damage is assessed as fatal, RMS Titanic sends up flares and the first S.O.S. ‘marconigram’. A series of frantic messages continue. S.O.S. – SAVE OUR SOULS!
April 15, 1912 2:20 a.m. – Titanic is gone. What remains is a wasteland of dead and dying passengers held aloft by lifejackets or clinging to floating debris and twenty lifeboats on the periphery of the dead zone, maintaining a wide berth from desperate survivors who could overturn the boats in their eagerness to live. Even the half-filled boats with plenty of room keep their distance. The 700 passengers in the lifeboats are taken aboard ‘RMS Carpathia’ two hours later.
Countdown 24 hours – April 15th 2016 the 104th anniversary of the unsinkable Titanic ‘THE UNTHINKABLE SHOES’ will go live.
‘THE UNTHINKABLE SHOES’ –– a TITANIC-inspired novel by V. KNOX
A FIVE-YEAR-OLD BOY MUST KEEP A PROMISE MADE IN HASTE IN ORDER TO SAVE HIS SOUL AND REUNITE WITH THE GIRL HE WAS DESTINED TO MARRY.
– a novel of Literary Fiction, Magical Realism, and Paranormal Romance
Wow. What else can anyone say. WOW.
The beast in mankind is shown in their actions under the gun. Well, maybe not literally under the gun. In cold water. Anything to survive.
Would YOU act any differently? We like to think so… BUT…
Actually on board it WAS ‘under the gun’, The crew were armed and shots were fired to keep the crowds from rushing the lifeboats, and at least one man was shot by a crew member when he attempted to climb into a lifeboat that was being launched half-full after establishing no women or children were present to load. The crew member then shot himself. This event was witnessed by a senior officer who refused to name the victims later at the inquiry. The said officer survived in the water and swam to one of the lifeboats. A few men were saved this way but only the strong swimmers.
The real ‘beasts’ in mankind were greed, ego, and the lack of compassion: Insufficient lifeboats to save the investors’ money, orders to speed up after an iceberg warning just to break the Atlantic crossing record, and locking steerage passengers behind a gate lest they stampede the boat deck – the departure zone for first class’s women and children….. oh, and the head of the White Star Line, who managed to ‘win’ a place in a lifeboat.
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