By David Madden
HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA (CBS) – Several hundred people are aboard a cruise ship destined to arrive this weekend at the site where the Titanic went down 100 years ago. KYW Newsradio’s David Madden is aboard the Azamara Journey, which made a stop yesterday in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
More than 100 Titanic victims are buried here and tourists stop at cemeteries to ponder and reflect.
Tour guide Rick Rivers stops at one of them a couple dozen times a year, but he never loses the sense of history embodied here. “It never seems to abate. Some people talk about celebration. This is not celebration. This is more remembrance. A tasteful remembrance.” Although, some on this tour of Fairview Lawn Cemetery are a little bothered by some of the media here.
And the 100th anniversary has proven to be a boon to local businesses. Entertainer Steve Dooks says that Halifax is usually quiet in mid-April. Not this year. “With the anniversary of the Titanic, this boosts the tourist season quite a bit and extends it as well. We have an early start this year, which is great because this is very important to the world.”
From here, it’s another two days at sea before we arrive at the Titanic site southeast of Newfoundland. We’ll join the Balmoral, a cruise ship that departed England on Sunday.
The highlight of this trip comes in two days, when we arrive at the Titanic site and remember some more.