April 14th is the anniversary of the RMS Titanic sinking and 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.
At the southeastern tip of the Avalon Peninsula, you will discover the Cape Race Headlands, a spectacularly beautiful, rugged, and desolate expanse. It is here that Cape Race Lighthouse, a National Historic Site of Canada, stands proudly, just as it did back in 1912.
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 some 640 kilometers (398 miles) east of Newfoundland.
Jimmy immediately began a log of unfolding events and 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, which includes a replica of the original Marconi marine radio station built at the same location in 1904. The building houses artifacts and exhibits that also interpret the history of early telegraphy and wireless radio in Newfoundland, a fascinating story of cutting edge technology in the early 20th century.
April is Titanic month at the fabulous Woodstock Colonial Restaurant in Paradise, Newfoundland. Take a step back in time amidst Woodstock’s charming quaintness and by partaking in decadent “Titanic a la carte” or “five course Titanic” theme dining.
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 3D model is also on display that brings the tragic outcome to life.
Stay at the opulent Ryan Mansion Boutique Hotel in St. John’s, where spectacular old world grandeur echoes a bygone era. Built during the same years (1909-1911) as Titanic, the grand staircase here was designed in the same style and by the very same craftsmen who built the grand staircase of the Titanic.
The Ryan Mansion 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 the experience, side plates from 2nd and 3rd class are presented during the course of dinner with accurate replica china from Titanic’s 1st class dining saloon, all imported from the UK, with gold lining, pattern detail, and logo finished in 24 karat gold.
Blue Fish conducts expedition tours of the RMS Titanic wreck aboard their MIR submersible, if you are prepared to ante up 59,680 USD per person that is. Trips embark from St. John’s harbour.