April 14th is the anniversary of the RMS Titanic sinking. Newfoundlanders have a marked affinity for the doomed liner. Perhaps it was her proximity to us and our own perils with the sea. But did you know there is a Newfoundland connection here? At Cape Race actually.
1. Cape Race
At the south eastern tip of the Avalon Peninsula in the heart of Newfoundland’s Irish Loop you will discover the Cape Race Headlands, a spectacularly beautiful rugged, desolate expanse.
2. Receiving Titanic
It was at 11:55 (Newfoundland standard time) at Cape Race in a Marconi wireless station that a 14 year old Newfoundland boy, wireless apprentice Jimmy Myrick, first received the distress signal from the doomed liner, a mere 15 minutes after she had collided with an iceberg 300 miles (480 km) due south.
Jimmy immediately began a log of unfolding events. Soon after, Cape Race was coordinating rescue efforts with the Carpathia and other nearby vessels with wireless. Subsequent updates turned the liners sinking into one of the first developing world news stories.
Today, on this site, you will find the Myrick Wireless Interpretative Centre that includes a replica of the original Marconi marine radio station built at the same location in 1904. The replica building houses artifacts and exhibits that also interpret the history of early telegraphy and wireless radio in Newfoundland.
3. Dine Titanic Style
April is Titanic month at the fabulous Woodstock Colonial Restaurant in Paradise. Take a step back in time amidst Woodstock’s charming quaintness. Dine on decadent “Titanic a la carte” or “five course Titanic” theme dining.
4. Visit The Titanic Exhibit
The Titanic story at the Johnson Geo Centre in St. John’s offers a complete account of the greed, arrogance, and bad judgment that led to the greatest peacetime tragedy of the 20th century. A spectacular 3-d display brings the tragic outcome to life.
5. Explore Titanic Craftsmanship
Stay at the opulent Ryan Mansion boutique hotel in St. John’s. Here spectacular old world grandeur echoes a bygone era. Built during the same years (1909-1911) as Titanic, the house’s grand staircase was designed in the same style and by the very same craftsmen who built the grand staircase of the Titanic.
The Ryan Mansion also celebrates this unique connection by serving a six course dinner based upon the actual menu served during the last meal on titanic. To further enhance this experience, side plates from both the 2nd and 3rd classes are presented during the course of dinner.
To complete the experience, accurate replica china from the 1st class dining saloon has been imported from the UK, a truly elegant product with gold lining, pattern detail, and logo finished in 24 karat gold.
6. Tour The Titanic
Blue Fish conducts expedition tours of the RMS Titanic wreck aboard their MIR submersible.