Titanic’s Centenary: Real Hero Honored with Plaque, Invitations for Second Historic Cruise

By on Apr 10, 2011 in Announcement, Movies, United States Comments

Fifth Officer Harold Lowe
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Titanic’s centenary celebration on April 15, 2012 will honor the real hero, Fifth Officer Harold Lowe, with a plaque to be unveiled in Barmouth’s harbour. An invitation for the second historic cruise of the Titanic is also announced by the Titanic Memorial Cruise. This was reported by UK news sites, April 9, 2011.

The RMS Titanic was a huge passenger ship, on its way to its first maiden voyage from England to New York but was struck by an iceberg killing 1, 517 people.

This monumental disaster, the first of its kind, was made into a world-wide blockbuster movie, starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Jack Dawson and Kate Winslet as Rose DeWitt Bukater.

The historic cruise will start from New York City on April 10, 2012, and will include activities that would feature everything about what happened on that fateful day a hundred years ago.

The anniversary this year, which is on April 15, 2011, has a waiting list status as more than a thousand guests from different countries have already reserved months before for a tour prepared by titanicmemorialcruise.com.

Meanwhile, Harold Lowe’s grandson John Lowe will be receiving the honor next year, in behalf of his grandfather, Harold. Harold Lowe died in 1944 at the age of 61. Fifth Officer Lowe was one of the officers in charge the day that Titanic sank.

According to personal testimonies by survivors and a picture taken by a passenger aboard the Carpathia, the ship that helped rescue survivors 3 days later, he was only the officer who has gone back in the freezing waters to search for survivors. He was able to save 4 men, one of them died later  from hypothermia.

RMS Titanic
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He continued to search for survivors amidst the gigantic ship’s wreckage.

He had helped also in maintaining organization as more than a thousand people scrambled for their lives.

Harold Lowe’s well-deserved recognition has long been overdue, but his grandson, and 15 yr-old Maddie Mathews from Dyffryn Ardudwy, who campaigned first for Lowe’s recognition, are happy that the genuine hero of the historic RMS Titanic is finally receiving recognition, although  posthumously.

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