ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
April 10, 2012 12:00:00 AM
  Follow @ Twitter

A website published more than 200,000 documents on Monday relating to the sinking of the Titanic, to mark the disaster's 100th anniversary.

The collection, published by British family history website Ancestry.co.uk, includes a list of passengers as well as the wills of Edward Smith, the doomed liner's captain, and US tycoons Benjamin Guggenheim and John Jacob Astor.

The three men were among around 1,500 passengers and crew who perished when the "unsinkable" ship hit an iceberg on its maiden voyage to New York, and disappeared beneath the North Atlantic on April 15, 1912.

The documents also include more than 300 coroner inquest files, records of 328 bodies recovered at sea, and images of the gravestones of 121 Titanic passengers.

The database, which can be accessed for free until May 31, also includes a passenger list from the Carpathia, a ship that came to Titanic's aid and picked up almost all of the disaster's survivors, numbering around 700.

"Over the generations, many families may have heard rumours that they had an ancestor aboard the Titanic, or even lost the evidence proving it," said Miriam Silverman, content manager for Ancestry.co.uk.

"We're very pleased to be able to offer access to these valuable records for free, enabling thousands to uncover the story of their ancestor's tragic voyage."

The centenary is being marked by the release of a new 3D version of James Cameron's epic 1997 film, "Titanic", as well as a British television drama sold to 86 countries and a flurry of new books and music.

A cruise ship carrying descendants of some of the victims set sail from Southampton on Sunday to retrace the Titanic's route.

An official British inquiry into the disaster in 1912 said there were 711 survivors, but estimates of both the number of casualties and survivors have varied.

AFP

YOU'RE MINE


PREVIOUS STORY
Belgian designer to succeed Galliano
NEXT STORY
Putin video row tarnishes 'Russian Oscars'

Bookmark and Share
   




FIJI NEWS
Civil servants trained to write good submissionsAgency Desktop Submission writers from various government ministries and departments as well as several statutory bodies are being trained to write good submissions for their respective agencies.
SPORTS
Ryan confident of a good outing in last legVodafone Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan is confident his team can deliver the best of results for the final two tournaments of the HSBC Sevens World Series in Glasgow and London.
LIFESTYLE/FASHION
Sigatoka resort to close for renovationYatule Beach Resort along the Coral Coast will be closed from next week for renovations as its management seeks to increase the resort's profitability.
CELEBRITY
Film makers create Indo-Pak border in FijiKya Dilli Kya Lahoreís producers created the barren Wagah border between India and Pakistan in Fiji for the movie which stars Vijay Raaz.
OFFBEAT
Mercury 'took Princess Diana to gay barQueen singer Freddie Mercury disguised the late Princess Diana as a male model and smuggled her into a notorious gay bar, according to a memoir serialised in Britain's Sunday Times.
NEWS SPORTS INFOTAINMENT SERVICES MOBILE EXTRA HOT TOPICS