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Where was the Titanic 100 years ago?

The R.M.S. Titanic.

Queen of the Ocean.

The majestic R.M.S. Titanic, 1912

The Last Word in Luxury.

The disaster that took the lives of 1,517 people.

The Unsinkable Ship.

It was 100 years ago when the tragedy of the Titanic took place in 1912. Throughout history, there have been other ships that have sank just as the Titanic, but what ranks this one as the most memorable, is the disastrous amount of deaths.

With the centennial year of this calamity being 2012, my curiousity has been aroused to do some extra researching and studying about the Titanic. I'll be posting my findings every day for the next three weeks (maybe more?), and I hope you will enjoy it, as I plan to give information on all aspects of the Titanic. The actual sinking didn't happen until April 14th, but I have a lot to tell you about before we get there!

Where was this mighty ship exactly 100 years ago, to the date?
It might be interesting to think of this as actually happening today, on March 31st, and follow along with the rest of my coming posts as a day-to-day timeline. If the Titanic were a modern-built ship, this is what would be happening now.

March 31, 1912

The Titanic being outfitted.

Shown above, the R.M.S. Titanic during construction.

The town of Belfast, Ireland, had watched for 3 years, as the Titanic was built before their eyes. It had taken Harland and Wolff's shipyard the entire timespan to build this ship, piece by piece.

Harland & Wolff Shipyards Main Drawing Room, 1911.

I found this photo of the Harland & Wolff Shipyard drawing room in 1911, when the last details were still being worked on. At the back of the room you can see a plan of the Titanic, notably identified by its iconic 4 funnels.

Old map of Belfast

To be exact, work had began on March 31, 1909, and had ended on the same date in 1912---quite a coincidence! So, "today" the outfitting of the great ship in Belfast was complete. The years of planning, the years of building, the years of waiting, had all led up to this anticipated moment. The Titanic was ready to cross the ocean, and the entire world had their eye on her.

Are you ready for what happens next? To start off this series of posts, I'd like to use the same exact words that Stephen Hines wrote in his book about the Titanic:

"Here, then, is the unfolding drama of the Titanic as readers of 1912 experienced it, a commemoration of this great vessel one hundred years after her tragic loss."

('Titanic: One Newspaper, Seven Days, and the Truth That Shocked the World')

The Year of the Titanic! A series of posts at

Now that the Titanic has been finished, are you interested in what happens the day afterwards? Belfast was wondering the same thing. Come back tomorrow for the next post in this series! I'll be interested in learning your thoughts along the way of this incredible journey.


Sharing Our Bookshelves {April 2012}

Hi readers!

Sharing Our Bookshelves is starting a little earlier than usual for April, because I wanted to get this on my blog before I begin my posts on the Titanic. Starting tomorrow (March 31st) my Titanic series will begin, and you'll have to check back every day after that, because I have posts planned for at least the next 3 weeks! During this time, the Sharing Our Bookshelves link-up will be pushed down the list of recent posts, but a quick way to access the link-up at anytime will be by clicking on its button in my sidebar. This way you can still keep coming back to check on the newest links and add some new posts of your own throughout the month. Remember, this link-up is for anything related to books, so you're welcome to link up book reviews, selections from the books you're reading, your current bookish thoughts.... whatever you currently have going.

Sharing Our Bookshelves @ In the Bookcase

I also have a few of my own Favorite Finds to add in this post. I found these things very delightful and wanted to share with with you!

A Night of Heroism: The Sinking of the Titanic

{A Bowl of Moss & Pebbles}

Free "Love" Embroidery Pattern from Clementine Patterns

{Simply Vintagegirl}

'Titanic 100' posts

{Vision Forum, Doug's Blog}
So... enjoy! And be here tomorrow for the start of an amazing journey.


Book Review: The Fairacre Festival

The Fairacre Festival by Miss Read

The Fairacre Festival

written by Miss Read

104 pages
originally published in 1968

I'd been wanting to try a Miss Read book for a long time and was so pleased to find this one at the used book store. I was even more pleased once I sat down and got to read this little treasure.

The storyline: Miss Read is a schoolteacher in the small village of Fairacre, Scotland. The story is told from her point of view: the likeable characters (and the unlikeable ones too!)... for example, the plump and irritable Mrs. Pringle, the Vicar, the polite Major Gunning, and skeptic Mrs. Mawne, along with others, like Miss Read's students. Altogether they make quite an amusing bunch, that is for sure! Then add to the mix the horrific storm... the destruction that follows... and that tree... and I'm sure you'll have a fun time reading The Fairacre Festival!

"...a mighty wind arose and smote the countryside around Fairacre. The violence of that wild night took almost all by surprise. Only the exceptionally weatherwise, such as Mr. Willet, had any inkling of the devastation which lay in store..."

The Fairacre Festival, page 1
My personal thoughts: It's a quaint Scottish story, and I loved it. I enjoyed meeting the villagers and learning their intricate personalities through Miss Read's eyes. It has that old-time, vintage appeal to it, seeing how it was written in the 60's. I'm certainly looking forward to getting more of Miss Read's books!

"Whatever's got into him?" asked Basil Bradley, bewildered.

"Scotch blood," said Mr. Mawne cryptically. "Scotland for ever! I mean Scotland for aye!"

The Fairacre Festival, page 62
Random tidbit: Miss Read is the author of this series (actually, it's her pen name). It is also the name of the fictional character in the story. Just thought I should clear that in case of confusion. Also, this book is actually #7 in the Fairacre series, but I had no trouble stepping into the middle of it. I hope to be able to find more of these books one day!


Favorite Finds #31

I just wanted to share with you a few favorite finds I've happened across this past week.

'All Things Irish' Blog Party (March 16-19)

{ Life with Abibliophobia }

Tower of Lincoln Books

{ Harvard University Press }

The March of Books

{ Young Ladies Christian Fellowship }


{ Sword of Ink }

'Fear in the Forest' (free ebook)

{ Bethlehem Books }

Button Checker Board Tutorial

{ Little Miss Momma }

Photography, Art & Essay Competitions (Grades 4-12)

{ Christian Liberty Press }


In which secret plans are revealed.

Hi readers!

I have 2 huge things to tell you about. Both are events I've been planning for, and I hope some of you will be interested.
Without further ado...

R.M.S. Titanic, 1912 #1. A series of posts all about the R.M.S. Titanic! Did you know this is the centennial year for the Titanic's sinking? It has been 100 years since the tragic accident---or rather, it will be 100 years, as of April 15th. I've been researching and studying a lot about the Titanic lately, and I will be putting together a number of posts about all the amazing details I have found. It is quite fascinating once you get involved! Starting on March 31st, I'll start a day-to-day posting about facts, important dates, passengers, and interesting things about the Titanic. I look forward to hearing all your thoughts on it too.

Summer reading challenge: Louisa May Alcott #2. A Louisa May Alcott reading challenge! Do you have any plans for your summer reading yet? I have mine planned out... and I don't really think it's too-too early to be getting my summer reading list into order, is it? Starting in May, I'll tell you all the specifics of the Louisa May Alcott challenge, but I thought I'd introduce the idea now. I'm hoping some of my fellow bookworms will join me!!

So, those are a couple blog ideas I'm quite excited about, and currently working on. Leave a comment to let me know what you think... Which one are you anticipating the most?


Book Review: The Hiding Place

The Hiding Place

The Hiding Place

written by Corrie ten Boom

with Elizabeth and John Sherill

272 pages
originally published in 1971

The Triumphant True Story of Corrie ten Boom.

The biography of Corrie ten Boom's life during World War II is amazing. So much is packed into this profound book! From the very first chapter---no, the very first page!---I immediately connected with the story. It begins in the normal, happy days of Corrie's life, before the German invasion. I was actually surprised at how cheerful everything could be, and all the joy in the ten Boom household. This is the true story of her life.

Who was Corrie ten Boom?
She was the daughter of a watchmaker, and in fact, she was quite a skilled watchmaker herself. With her family being Dutch Christians, the Nazis did not come after the ten Booms---that is, not until later as Corrie and her family, gradually, secretly, became leaders in the Underground. They only did what was best for the forlorn Jews that entered into the ten Boom's house, even though it cost them everything.

When you first "meet" Corrie in the book, she is already a 45-year-old woman. She was at that time filled with such energy and sprightliness, and I believe it is that very outlook she had on life that helped her through the trials of Scheveningen Prison and Ravensbruck Concentration Camp.

In the part of Corrie's life that this book talks about, she lives in the Beje (the name of the family's house) with her older sister, Betsie, and their elderly father. It was in their house that I recall a specific section in chapter one that forewarned of the terrors ahead:

"It was a day for memories. A day for calling up the past. How could we have guessed as we sat there---two middle-aged spinsters and an old man---that in place of memories were about to be given adventures such as we have never dreamed of? Adventure and anguish, horror and heaven were just around the corner, and we did not know."

"Oh Father! Betsie! If I had known would I have gone ahead? Could I have done the things I did?"
Corrie ten Boom Through everything the ten Boom family endured, they found some way to honor God and actually be thankful for the awful predicaments they were put in. To think that sleeping in damp, flea-infested beds could open an obscure opportunity! As I read chapter after chapter, it seemed that wherever Corrie and Betsie were, strange and wonderful surprises happened. There were so many blessings in the midst of fright and violence, that I simply lost count of them all. I know the reason why these gifts were showered on them; it was their steadfast faith.

Imagine with me, could you have had the courage and wisdom to stand up to a Nazi and tell him:

"The truth, sir, is that God's viewpoint is sometimes different than ours---so different that we could not even guess at it unless he had given us a Book which tells us such things."
Corrie's story really astounded me. And just as much, or even more so, Betsie's part of the story left me shocked by her selfless thoughts---I wish I could read more from Betsie's point of view.

Yes, there are gruesome parts in this book. Horrific deaths, torturing, fighting, and war. It's a lot to take in and think about. But you'll learn the meaning of The Hiding Place... and if Corrie ten Boom could find such a place in the midst of World War II... then so can we.

The Hiding Place now ranks as one of my favorite books, and I will always treasure it. It's not for young readers, but makes a great read for high school students or adults.

~*~I'm linking up to Book Review Wednesdays, and at the end of the month, I'll link up with YLCF's March of Books.


Sharing Our Bookshelves {March 2012}

Hello readers!
It's the first of the month, and that means a fresh new book linky, to last the whole month long. You can link up your posts now, and continue to link up more through all these 31 days of March.

Edit: Google Friend Connect is NOT disappearing. At least, not for Blogspot blogs, but it is for any other blogs that use the GFC widget, like Wordpress. Anyways, here is a list of ways that you may want to join up with me:

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Sharing Our Bookshelves @ In the Bookcase

Below is the linky... please feel free to link up posts that share about what's on your bookshelf.