On Tuesday April 10, 1912 a Titanic Commemorative Event took place in the Ocean Terminal at Southampton Docks in front on over 650 descendents of those lost in the disaster. As well as the descendents, civic dignitaries, community and maritime representatives and other invited guests were in attendance for this special ceremony.
After Doug Morrison, ABP Port Director had welcomed the audience, ‘Southampton’s Titanic Story’ was narrated by TV presenter Fred Dineage MBE, whose great uncle James Dineage was one of the Titanic’s stewards who lost his life in the disaster.
The Royal Marines Association Concert Band and the Southampton Choral Society provided the musical accompaniment, with prayers and readings by Reverend Andrew Huckett, Port Chaplain.
One minute’s silence was held before 12 Noon, the exact time Titanic left her moorings from the White Star Dock, now Ocean dock, and a recording of the ship’s whistle was sounded on the berth.
The tug tender Calshot was to re-enact Titanic’s departure 100 years ago when she the sailed at 12 Noon from berth 43/44 which is situated opposite the Ocean Terminal in Ocean Dock, followed by a flotilla of other craft.
At 12.04pm there was Wreath–laying ceremony led by the Guest of Honour, The Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire, Dame Mary Fagan.
Following on from the Wreath-laying ceremony decendents of those lost on the Titanic and other guests took part in casting a rose into the Ocean Dock, while some other decendents were interviewed for Television.