On April 10, 1912, the White Star Line’s huge new passenger vessel Titanic – the largest ship afloat at the time — set sail on her maiden voyage from Southampton, England. After brief visits at Cherbourg, France, and Queenstown, Ireland, she departed for New York with 2,224 passengers and crew aboard. She carried lifeboats for just 1,178.
In the late evening hours of April 14th, at a point some 375 miles southeast of Newfoundland, she struck an iceberg, buckling a number of plates on her starboard side and breaching five of the ship’s sixteen watertight compartments. Within two and a half hours, early on the 15th of April, the Titanic sank with over a thousand on board. A few hours later, the 710 survivors were rescued from their lifeboats by the Carpathia, responding to the SOS transmitted by the new wireless telegraph aboard the stricken ship.
On Saturday, April 14th – the 100th Anniversary of the Titanic’s striking of the errant iceberg – the Haysville Community Library will host a special commemorative event, complete with dinner theater mystery, to celebrate the centennial.
As many Haysville residents know, the Haysville Community Library is the repository for the W. ‘Kress’ Fall Titanic Collection of memorabilia. This rich and varied collection encompasses books, papers, reproductions, models, newspapers, paintings, photographs and a host of other materials relating to the Titanic and its tragic sinking. To introduce this collection to the greater public, and acknowledge the centennial, the library plans a display of many of the items in the Kress Fall Collection along with the dinner event.
Tickets for the ‘A Night to Remember’ event, which will also raise funds for the library, are available now at the library circulation desk.
Arrival time is 5:30 pm on Saturday April 14th. The “ship” sails at 6 pm.
Tickets for First Class passengers are $25 each, or two for $45. Tickets for Steerage are $15 each, or two for $25.
First Class passengers will be served a six course meal. Steerage passengers will dine on Irish stew, biscuits and fruit. On both levels, a mystery to be solved will be presented. Steerage will also enjoy Irish music.
Passengers are encouraged to attend in period dress, but any proper dinner clothing will be acceptable.
For any details concerning ‘A Night to Remember’, the Kress Fall Titanic Collection, or other concerns, please contact the Haysville Community Library at 524-5242.