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5 The Titanic Memorial

The Titanic Memorial

The Titanic Memorial
In 1912, the Titanic famously sunk after striking an iceberg on its maiden voyage from South Hampton to New York City. Of course, there were many New Yorkers on board that lost their lives in that disaster and it was decided that it would be fitting to have a memorial made for them here in New York City. So after some discussion, they decided to create this, a lighthouse. They thought that would be both fitting and a functional memorial to all those that lost their lives. It was opened on the first anniversary of the Titanic sinking. It seems a little bit strange place to have a lighthouse here right on dry ground. You can hardly even see the water down there. Well, that's because the lighthouse wasn't originally here. It was first installed in the top of the Seamen's Church Institute, and that was right on the East River shorefront. The lighthouse here was really a full functioning thing. It had beacon in the top. And also, if you look to the very peak of it, you can see a big ball on a spire. That was raised and lowered at exactly noon every day to signal the time to the ships in the harbor.
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