Advent 12: Illuminations

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The Titanic leaving Dock Gate 4, Southampton

p1180671Southampton is not usually forthcoming on Christmas lights as much as other cities – What with the Christmas market and so many lights from shops, ships and offices – But, to open up a leisure area for Christmas at West Quay malls this year, a stunning loop of 7-minute, light and sound illuminations ran on our Old Town Wall at the weekend.

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p1180656Depicted, was the history of Southampton’s port, which focused on departures of: Henry V troops leaving for Agincourt, The Mayflower with Pilgrims preparing for America, The Titanic leaving for New York, boats and planes in WW2 manoeuvres, J-Class yachts, powerboats, hovercraft, container-ships and so on.

Do you have any festive lights where you are?

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Southampton’s city square

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Pure wool, fine-knitted ladies' vest 1700s at the V&A
Pure wool, fine-knitted ladies’ vest 1700s at the V&A

 

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Series of photos of my book-binding © Southampton Old Lady
Series of photos of my book-binding © Southampton Old Lady
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pure white rope
Room for pure thoughts
Room for pure thoughts
The Three Graces by Southampton Victorian sculptor Richard Cockle Lucas
The Three Graces by Southampton Victorian sculptor Richard Cockle Lucas
Unused White Star Line plate for 2nd class passengers of The Titanic
Unused White Star Line plate for 2nd class passengers of The Titanic
Pure and simple design
Pure and simple design

 

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Pure light
pure water
pure water

In response the weekly WordPress photo challenge: PURE

 

 

Titanic Southampton Remembers

Things are busier than ever with our attempt to move and live on a boat at the moment. I haven’t time to devote to well-researched thought-out posts. Instead I have found a lot of what I want to write about already out there.

Four years ago Southampton had a big commemoration – 100 years since the sinking of The Titanic.

Why is it so important to us? Well, out of over 900 crew members 750 were from Southampton. Unless you were in charge of a lifeboat – most of them drowned.

Repercussions of that event over a Century ago are still felt in Southampton today.

If you are interested here is a BBC Documentary presented by Bernard Hill, the British actor who played Captain Smith in the Cameron film. It’s about 25 minutes long, so unless you are interested in Southampton or The Titanic, you are forgiven if you don’t click:

http://wp.me/p6jveM-zH

Titanic Graves in old cemetery at Southampton Common

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This floor map at Southampton’s SeaCity Museum locates where I went to school (The Deanery School) and Southampton Technical College (now City College) in the St Mary’s area. In the early 1900s it was a Deanery for St Mary’s Church (still is), The Chancery, alms houses and a workhouse.  The red dots depict just some of over 700 addresses in Southampton, of crew members of The Titanic fell victim and died.

When the Titanic sank in April 1912, it was devastating for Southampton. It was our 9/11 as it were.

Most of the crew were from Southampton – Most of the crew, along with its Captain, went down with the ship. Which meant that more than half of those that died listed their address in Southampton. One Street near the then Docks (named Briton or Brintons Street) was demolished as every house in it had a family member that drowned in the disaster – families found living there too painful. If you visit Southampton’s SeaCity museum, one of the floors has a map of the inner city and every red dot is an address of a victim.
Some of the bodies brought back were buried in the cemetery on Southampton Common. Their stones are marked with a blue peg. This is a very old cemetery, which is attended to mainly by volunteers. There is a group of volunteers who give guided walks around the cemetery. The organisation also volunteer a number of other guided walks around Southampton such as a Titanic Trail or one about Jane Austin. It is worth going on a walk with them, if you are fit enough.

Their website is http://seesouthampton.co.uk

Southampton Common Cemetary grave 1b

Southampton Common Cemetary grave 1

Southampton Common Cemetary grave 3

 

Southampton Common Cemetary grave 2

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