Remembering the Titanic in Midland
Published Wednesday, April 16, 2014 11:42AM EDT
The sinking of the Titanic was commemorated at a special dinner in Midland on Tuesday night that also helped its sister ship, the Keewatin.
Just like they did 102 years ago, a chef puts the turkey wellington in the oven nearby, another chef prepares chocolate mousse.
The guests may not have been aboard the Titanic, but they’re dining on the same meal served Titanic’s passengers just before the ship hit the iceberg on April 14, 1912.
It was 102 years ago the Titanic sank in the Atlantic Ocean and on Tuesday the Friends of the Keewatin organized a fundraiser to honour the unsinkable and raise money for the Keewatin.
“When you think she’s lasted all these years and to think she’s never lost a passenger, never missed a sailing,” says Captain Eric Conroy.
Conroy is the Captain of the S.S. Keewatin and says the ship has played an important role in opening up northern Ontario and connecting eastern Canada to the prairies. In addition to raising money for the Keewatin, part of Tuesday’s event is to welcome an exact replica of the Titanic – a model ship that took 30 years to build and will now become the centerpiece of a new museum aboard the S.S. Keewatin.
“When people come to the museum they can get a feel for maritime history through all these model ships,” adds Conroy.
There will be about 110 model ships in the museum, all donated by people from across the country. The S.S. Keewatin opens for the season on May 10th and all of the proceeds raised from Tuesday night’s dinner will go towards repairing and restoring the old steam ship.