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Experiencing History 100 Years Later Above The Site Of The Titanic Tragedy

The Band Unfinished Playing "Nearer My God to Thee" (Credit: David Madden)

The Band Unfinished Playing “Nearer My God to Thee” (Credit: David Madden)

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By David Madden

Azmara Journey, North Atlantic Ocean (CBS) – It’s 100 years since the ship billed as unsinkable sank several hundred miles southeast of Newfoundland.

The Titanic saga has been chronicled in a number of ways over the last century, but nearly 2000 people aboard a pair of cruise ships marked the occasion about 2.5 miles above the vessel’s watery grave.

Clocks aboard both ships were synched to the time codes used back then putting it just 33 minutes ahead of the east coast, not the hours we’d observe today. There was not an iceberg in sight but the skies are mostly clear and it’s cold.

Maxine Stonehill of Ventnor, New Jersey was with her family. She just had to be here.

“It’s something completely different in my life, and as we left Halifax, I had an eerie feeling that for the first time in my life, I was doing something unknown.”

There was a brief memorial service on the pool deck – the highlight of this cruise – with an interdenominational prayer, the laying of a wreath and a band playing the last hymn performed aboard the doomed ship in 1912; Nearer My God To Thee.

Listen to extended interview:

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