2012 was the 100th anniversary of the Titanic disaster.
A rustic piece of rock called Cape Race, Newfoundland, the closest point of land to the Titanic, as well as Halifax, Nova Scotia, a historic port on Canada’s east coast where many Titanic victims were laid to rest, both played an important role in the Titanic story. In 2012, these places and others played host to commemorative Titanic events and the retelling of their Titanic stories.
Newfoundland’s Titanic Trail stretches across eastern Newfoundland from St. John’s to Cape Race. There are iceberg-watching trips, Marconi and “Birthplace of the wireless age” exhibits and many museums with Titanic artefacts. In 1912, wireless operators at a Cape Race outpost and ships at sea documented the final hours of the Titanic. The grand staircase in James Ryan’s opulent mansion in St. John’s, Newfoundland was built by Harland & Wolff, the builders and fitters of Titanic. On April 14-15, 2012, a Cape Race ceremony recreated that historic wireless communication with ships floating over the Titanic site.