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Last updated at 16:31 BST, Monday, 16 April 2012

Titanic 100 years on

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16 April 2012

A cruise ship has retraced the Titanic's route across the North Atlantic exactly 100 years after the liner sank there. The passengers and crew held a remembrance ceremony at the spot where 1500 people lost their lives.

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Jon Kay

The liner S.S. Titanic

S.S. Titanic leaves Southampton, England in 1912.

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It's been a blustery voyage at times for the MS Balmoral crossing the Atlantic carrying 1300 passengers.

Some of them relatives of people who travelled the same route on Titanic a century ago; others, just fascinated by the history and mystery of what happened to her.

Now they are all coming together at the very spot where Titanic sank to be led in prayer on the decks overlooking the stern of the cruise ship.

Wreaths of flowers will be thrown into the ocean directly above the wreck site and then this ship's band will play 'Nearer My God To Thee', the hymn said to have been played by Titanic's band as she sank into the cold, dark, icy water exactly 100 years ago.

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Vocabulary

blustery

very windy

fascinated

very interested

her

pronoun used to talk about a ship when normally 'its' would be used

prayer

words used to speak to a god

decks

the floors on a ship

stern

the back part of a ship

cruise ship

a ship used for long-distance leisure trips

wreaths

rings of leaves and flowers

wreck

the remains of a sunken ship

hymn

a song sung by Christians to praise God

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