It was a clear, sunny day at 12.13pm on May 31st 1911, when amid much celebration, the RMS Titanic was launched at the Harland and Wolff ship yard in Belfast. It took a further year for her superstructure to be completed and the ship’s sea trials finally began on April 2nd, 1912. Once completed, she was officially signed over to The White Star Line and set sail for Southampton, which was to be her home port, arriving shortly before midnight on April 3rd. On April 10th, 1912 she left Southampton on her maiden voyage, it was then on April 15th, that the RMS Titanic collided with an iceberg.
I decided it would be interesting to find out about The White Star Line, especially what happened to it after the disaster of the ship of dreams?
Well, I found out that it was in fact the Oceanic Steam Navigation Company, a British shipping company that had been built up by Thomas Ismay, he bought a bankrupt shipping company for just £1,000 (£90,638 in today’s money). He built it into what eventually became one of world’s most famous shipping lines, the Cunard Line. He built it up with a simple USP, which was to provide steady and comfortable passage for both upper class travellers and, more importantly, immigrants.
Thomas Ismay did this even though there were tragic losses, before the RMS Titanic they suffered the wrecking of RMS Atlantic at Halifax in 1873, the sinking of RMS Republic off Nantucket in 1909, and HMHS Britannic in 1916 while serving as a hospital ship as well as the major disaster of the RMS Titanic in 1912.
Our musical The Ship of Dreams – The Voyage of the RMS Titanic tells the story of the 2,235 passengers and crew on board on that fateful day. To download it today click on https://www.educationalmusicals.co.uk/product/the-ship-of-dreams-download/