On this day in 1912, at 11.40pm, the RMS Titanic
hit an iceberg. The Titanic was the largest and most opulent passenger liner the world
had ever seen, attracting
notable dignitaries to its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York. The vessel was built in Belfast
for White Star Line, with the intention of trumping the company’s rivals at
Cunard. The Titanic was lauded as an ‘unsinkable’ ship, but subsequent
examinations have suggested some fatal flaws in the ship’s design, in addition to a
lack of lifeboats, which only could accommodate half the passengers.
Just four days after setting sail, on April 14th at around 11.40pm, the Titanic hit
an iceberg. The collision caused a massive gash in the ship’s hull,
dooming the vessel to sink. As the ship filled with water and
slowly sank, its over two thousand passengers rushed to lifeboats. The panicked evacuation was haphazard, with lifeboats lowered despite not being at full
capacity. The ship’s final hours saw a number of particularly touching stories,
including the elderly Straus couple who stayed in their cabin to die
together, the violin players continuing to perform as the ship sank, and
Benjamin Guggenheim changing into his formal dress and declaring “We are dressed in our best and are prepared to go down like gentlemen.” The Titanic finally
sank at around 2.20am, leaving thousands to die of hypothermia in the
freezing ocean. Over 1,500 people died in the tragedy, with
around 700 survivors rescued by the Cunard’s Carpathia. The demise of
the ‘unsinkable’ Titanic shocked the world, and the tragic fate of a symbol of early twentieth-century optimism continues to
captivate people’s imagination.
19-year-old Jeremiah Burke from Cork, Ireland, was given a holy water bottle by his mother as he boarded the Titanic. As the ship was sinking, he wrote a note which read “From Titanic, goodbye all, Burke of Glanmire, Cork” placed it into the bottle and threw it overboard. The bottle washed ashore a year later in Dunkettle and was given back to his family. The bottle and note remained in the family until 2011, when they donated it to the Titanic exhibition in the Cobh Heritage Centre.
Titanic: Honor and Glory is a ridiculously highly detailed Unreal Engine 4-powered first person adventure set aboard the Titanic during it’s first (and only) voyage, that sees you disguising yourself as crewmembers and performing their duties as you attempt to unravel a Sherlock Holmes-esque mystery.
Every little detail of the Titanic will be recreated, with players able to explore every corner of the gigantic ship. Once the iceberg hits the entire 2 hours and 40 minutes that it took for the Titanic to sink will take place in real time.
It’s a rather morbid, but ambitious prospect, allowing players to experience first hand the fateful events of the Titanic’s maiden voyage.