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Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the sinking of Titanic, actor Bernard Hill who played Captain Smith in the 1997 Oscar-winning film, discovers the impact the tragedy had on the port of Southampton.

Around 550 crew from Southampton died in the disaster. The unwritten rule of the sea 'women and children first' ensured the loss of husbands, fathers, sons. It plunged streets and houses into weeks of mourning and changed lives forever.

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Sun 15 Apr 2012 16:50 BBC One Oxfordshire, South only

  • Titanic - Southampton Remembers

    Titanic - Southampton Remembers

    Titanic, Southampton Remembers tells the untold stories of the fateful night that resulted in a huge loss of lives.

    Around 550 victims, well over a third of the total deaths in the disaster, lived in the Southampton port.

    The city’s streets had numerous victims including men who were husbands, fathers and sons, all Titanic crew members who obeyed the "women and children first" as the famous White Star liner slowly sank in 1912.

    For many it was a symbol of the age, and the hubris of those who built it.

    For the people of Southampton, this tragedy resulted in the largest peacetime loss of life the city has ever experienced.

    Titanic, Southampton Remembers tells the stories not heard before, of the killer who escaped the hangman’s noose only to perish in the north Atlantic, the lookout who always felt guilty, and the matron who wouldn’t leave her post.

    The documentary is presented by actor Bernard Hill, who played Titanic’s Captain Edward Smith in the 1997 James Cameron’s epic Oscar winning film Titanic.

    Also in the programme is former Bond girl Madeline Smith, who features in the drama reconstructions about the effect on Southampton of the sinking of the ship.

    Photo - Titanic survivors.

  • Titanic's 100th anniversary

    Titanic's 100th anniversary

    A collection of features about the 100th anniversary of the Titanic and its ill-fated maiden voyage.

    The BBC has also brought together 250 photos of the ship's crew in one of the biggest collections of its kind on the BBC News website below...

    BBC News: Titanic 100
  • Explore the Titanic wreck

    Explore the Titanic wreck

    At 11.40pm on Sunday 14 April 1912 the Titanic was just a few days into its maiden voyage when a lookout delivered the fateful message: "Iceberg, right ahead."

    Moments later, the passenger liner struck the iceberg, tearing a series of holes in its hull.

    Within three hours, the ship would be resting at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, at a cost of 1,517 lives.

    Explore what happened in a feature on the BBC News website below...

    BBC News: Titanic: Journey to the bottom of the ocean
  • The Rise and Fall of Titanic

    The Rise and Fall of Titanic

    Titanic was one of three 'Olympic Class' liners commissioned by the White Star Line to be built at the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast.

    Construction began on the first of these great ships, Olympic, on 16 December 1908. Work on Titanic started soon after, on 31 March 1909.

    Read a feature and look at an animated film on the BBC History website below...

    BBC History: The Rise and Fall of Titanic
  • Voyagers on the Titanic

    Voyagers on the Titanic

    They were dreaming of starting a new life in Canada - and had never meant to be on board RMS Titanic.

    Having spent their childhoods in the small village of Fritham in the New Forest, the three Hickman brothers thought they would be able to make a better living on the other side of the Atlantic.

    Watch the full film on the BBC News website below...

    BBC News: Titanic Centenary: The voyage the brothers were not supposed to be on
  • Titanic descendants share memories

    Titanic descendants share memories

    Titanic descendants share their memories. Watch a video clip on the BBC News website below...

    BBC News: Titanic descendants share memories
  • Titanic victim escaped noose before perishing on liner

    Titanic victim escaped noose before perishing on liner

    On the 100th anniversary of the sinking of Titanic, actor Bernard Hill discovers the impact the tragedy had on the port of Southampton. Around 550 crew from Southampton died in the disaster.

    Titanic, Southampton Remembers tells the hidden stories behind the tragedy including the tale of the killer who escaped the hangman's noose only to perish in the north Atlantic.

    William Mintram from Southampton, who was convicted of manslaughter, worked as a stoker on the ill-fated liner.

    Joyce Mills remembers her great grandfather in one of the Titanic's darker tales.

    BBC News: Titanic victim escaped noose before perishing on liner

Credits

Presenter
Bernard Hill
Producer
Pete Doherty
Executive Producer
Lee Desty
Director
Pete Doherty

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