Titanic memorial cruise delayed by wind on trip to wreck site
A memorial cruise retracing the route of the Titanic to mark 100 years since the ship sank has been delayed by strong winds.
MS Balmoral, which is carrying relatives of some who died, is travelling from Southampton to the North Atlantic site of Titanic’s wreck.
The ship is due to reach Cobh, on the south coast of Ireland, later.
The Titanic hit an iceberg on 15 April 1912 and sank, killing about 1,500.
The Balmoral was due to reach Cobh, on the south coast of County Cork, on Monday afternoon, but adverse weather and rough seas mean the ship’s arrival has been delayed until the early evening – when it will be met with a civic welcome.
The cruise left England’s south coast on Sunday to follow the Titanic’s exact route – via Cherbourg, in north-west France and Cobh – to the spot where the liner went down.
Passengers will gather for a service to be held at 02:20 GMT next Sunday – 15 April – to mark the moment of the sinking.
From the wreck site, the Balmoral will go on to Nova Scotia, where some of the bodies of those who died are buried, and then onto New York City, the destination the Titanic never reached.
The Balmoral was chartered for the 12-night journey by Miles Morgan Travel.
The Titanic hit an iceberg at 23:40 (ship’s time) on 14 April 1912, some 460 miles (740km) from Newfoundland and took two-and-a-half hours to sink.
About 1,300 passengers and 900 crew members were on board the liner when it sank. About 713 people were rescued by RMS Carpathia.
In 1985, Dr Robert Ballard discovered the wreck 2.5 miles (4km) below the surface of the north Atlantic.