10 April 2012
Last updated at 16:00
Southampton has commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Titanic leaving the city's docks. Hundreds of descendants of those on board were on the quayside for a special ceremony, casting 700 roses into the water.
The Titanic left Southampton on its ill-fated maiden Atlantic voyage to New York on 10 April 1912. The White Star Line ship sank five days later after hitting an iceberg. Southampton lost 549 people in the 1912 disaster, more than a third of the 1,514 dead.
A minute's silence was held in honour of the dead, followed by a recording of the ship's whistle - recovered from the seabed - which sounded at 12:00 BST around Southampton's docks - the exact moment RMS Titanic set sail on 10 April 1912. All other ships in the port also sounded their whistles in salute to Titanic's victims.
Titanic's departure was then re-enacted when the tug tender Calshot, which was built in the same era to manoeuvre the world's greatest ocean liners, sailed from berth 43/44 followed by a flotilla.
More than 600 Southampton schoolchildren took part in a parade from Titanic Engineers' Memorial through the city centre holding placards of residents who served as crew members on the Titanic.
The parade arrived at Southampton's new £15m SeaCity Museum, which features a permanent Titanic exhibition.
Southampton dignitaries and navy officers also commemorated the event, including former Merchant Navy officers Rod Burnet and Douglas Piper.
The museum, which was officially opened on Tuesday, features items recovered from the liner, including this second class breakfast menu.
Southampton's commemorative events and permanent museum exhibition help to tell the story of the city's links with the Titanic. About 750 of the ship's crew of 908 lived in Southampton. The Titanic disaster created 288 widows in Southampton and 598 children lost fathers or mothers.