Halifax has historic links to Titanic disaster
By Janine Murphy
Ever since April 29, 1912, Halifax has had a major connection with the Titanic and the disaster surrounding her maiden voyage.
It is only recently that people are finding out about Halifax's major role in this disaster. Halifax was the closest major seaport to the scene and so, many ships were sent out to find bodies. All the bodies and wreckage found were brought back to Halifax.
The connection between Halifax and the Titanic is not only a local one. It also has a Hollywood connection. Rumors had been circulating that the piece of wood which Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio were lying on at the end of the movie was actually a replica of a piece of wreckage which is found in Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax. There is some truth to this rumor. The piece of wood, which is actually a piece of the archway over the entrance to the first class dining room, did inspire one of the set designers when a picture of it was sent to him.
Many people don't realize that a lot of scenes from the movie were actually filmed in Halifax. All of the modern day scenes were filmed there, except for the opening scene with Rose in her apartment, which was filmed in California.
The story of the "Unsinkable Titanic" remains a vital part of Halifax's heritage and will always be remembered by young and old.