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Titanic records published online

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A handout picture received from Southampton City Council on April 4, 2012 shows the Titanic leaving Southampton on her ill-fated maiden voyage on April 10, 1912.  (SOUTHAMPTON CITY COUNCIL/HO)

A handout picture received from Southampton City Council on April 4, 2012 shows the Titanic leaving Southampton on her ill-fated maiden voyage on April 10, 1912. (SOUTHAMPTON CITY COUNCIL/HO)

To coincide with the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, more than 200,000 records relating to the ship have been published online.

The documents include the wills of the Titanic's captain, Edward J. Smith, and business moguls Benjamin Guggenheim and John Jacob Astor.

The ship's official passenger list includes the names, ages and occupations of all those who were on board, and there are coroner's reports and death records for the 1,517 who lost their lives when the ship sank on April 15, 1912.

More than 200 of the deceased were brought to Halifax; 121 of them were buried there, at Fairview Lawn cemetery, home of the "largest collection of Titanic graves in the world," according to the curators of the documents, which include images of most of the headstones.

Also among the records is information about the crew and a list of passengers on the HMS Carpathia, which rescued the 703 survivors.

The collection is on the subscription website Ancestry.ca but is free to view until the end of May.

Meanwhile, the MS Balmoral set sail from Southampton, England, on Sunday and will retrace the ship's ill-fated voyage all the way to the site of the wreck in the North Atlantic, then continue on to Nova Scotia and finish its journey in New York — the Titanic's intended destination.

 


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