Silence in Southampton marks Titanic's departure

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Silence in Southampton marks Titanic's departure

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The city of Southampton paid tribute to the victims of the Titanic with a one minute silence. It was 100 years ago the greatest liner of its generation slipped its moorings from berth 43 of the seaport.

A recording of the ship’s whistle sounded at noon. It was at that hour the doomed liner had edged from the dockside to begin its fateful voyage.

Wreaths were thrown into the water. Of those that perished in the Atlantic as Titanic sank to the bottom of the ocean were more than 500 crew members who had called Southampton home. Many of their relatives were quayside to pay their respects.

“I just found the whole experience very moving, very touching and I am just so pleased that I have been able to share it,” explained Barbara Corben, the great niece of Ernest Corben who died on the Titanic.

Earlier this week the MV Balmoral left Southampton on a memorial cruise to retrace the Titanic’s original route.

Among the 1,300 passengers was Philip Littlejohn whose grandfather, a 1st Class Steward on the doomed ship, survived.