The Billings Outpost

The Titanic, 100 Years Ago

As I write this, it is April 14, 2012, and one century ago, the Titanic sank. This is a sad occasion, and the subject of movies. But, I prefer to remember the heroes who gave their lives so others might live. 

The engineers, boiler room workers, pump operators, electricians, officers, and many unknown people worked to keep the ship afloat as long as they could, saving over 700 lives. And, the heroic radio operator who was still calling for help, minutes before going to his icy grave. 

And, don’t forget the men who stayed on the ship, so women and kids could survive on the too few lifeboats. There were some women who refused to leave their husbands side, and died in their arms. That is love.

I wonder what would happen today? Would there be as many heroes? It seems like it is just every man for himself today. But, in a disaster, people who may not agree in their religions and politics, help each other when needed. 

I have wondered if I were on the Titanic, what would I do? That question is hard to answer without actually being in the situation. Maybe I would be playing with the band. Those guys might play music with the angels when the time comes.

My wife said she would not leave my side on the ship, and I know that is true. I am a lucky/blessed man. I don’t have to be on the Titanic to know that.

Bill Ackerley

Wyarno, Wyo.


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