TITANIC: The Ship And Her People
CHARLTON – A special presentation of “Titanic: The Ship and her People” will take place at the Charlton Rider Tavern on Monday, June 10th at 7:00pm. The tavern is located at 225 Stafford Street in Charlton, MA.
Thanks to the magic of Hollywood, the brief but legendary life and epic tragedy of the RMS Titanic is now known to just about anyone with more than a passing interest in the doomed ocean liner. Though the stories of Jack and Rose are fiction, the surroundings and circumstances of their passage on the most celebrated ship of all time were faithfully documented on film, to the extent that this cinematic experience ranks as one of the most-watched and awarded movies ever.
And no wonder. From the moment of embarkation on her maiden voyage on April 10, 1912, the Titanic saga was and remains one of the most intriguing stories of modern history. Every aspect of her design, construction, engineering and appointment has been studied in great detail. The chronicle of her encounter with the iceberg, her sinking, the rescue of her passengers and blame for the tragedy has been debated for a century – with no end to the fascination in sight. The discovery of the ship’s wreckage by Dr. Robert Ballard more than two decades ago, and the subsequent retrieval of artifacts from its vicinity have only heightened an already intense scrutiny of everything to do with this magnificent liner.
It has been 107 years since the Titanic left Southampton, England, for New York City on its first and only voyage. As fascinating as the tale of this great ship is, so, too, are the stories of those whose lives became intertwined with the legendary vessel.
To commemorate the loss of the Titanic and celebrate the heroism of those who sailed in her, the Charlton Historical Society will host a presentation by Lester Paquin and Lucy Allen of the Barre Historical Society on Monday evening, June 10, 2019 at 7 p.m. at The Rider Tavern in Charlton. Titled “Titanic: The Ship And Her People,” the illustrated talk is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served following the presentation.
An illustrated narrative of the Titanic’s final voyage will be featured, including some facts and details not commonly known. A highlight of the presentation will be profiles of several of the ship’s passengers and their circumstances. Some are well-known and others have receded into history – but all share the common bond of being at one place, at one time, that forever defined their lives and legacies.
Lester Paquin has extensively studied and lectured on the subject of ocean liners in general and the Titanic, Lusitania and Andrea Doria in particular. He is the administrator of the Barre Historical Society and the Chairman of Barre’s Historical Commission, and has recently prepared a program on the rescue of the Lipizzaner stallions at the end of World War II. Lucy Allen has worked for the City Manager’s Office in Worcester, and is an eminent genealogist and historical researcher who also serves as President of the Barre Museum Association.
Come to the Charlton Historical Society’s presentation on June 10 at the Historic Rider Tavern on Stafford Street and hear some fascinating stories about an incredible ship and those who sailed with her into history. And, even if you saw the movie, you will likely learn something about the Titanic and her people that you never knew before.