At 11:40pm on April 14, 1912, the RMS Titanic hit an iceberg in the North Atlantic. Less than three hours later, the last of the mighty ship slipped beneath the surface, taking more than 1,500 passengers with her.
The Museum will commemorate the 101st anniversary of the sinking of the maiden voyage of the Titanic on Monday, April 15 at noon for a one-hour “Lunch & Learn” in the Museum’s main auditorium. The public is invited to bring a lunch and listen to a historical account of the Titanic’s final hours, told by historian and actor, Michael Sanders, known for his portrayal of Edward J. Smith, Captain of the Titanic. Admission is free. For those who want to buy lunch for the presentation, the Museum’s Acro Café on the 4th floor, has a variety of wraps and sandwiches for sale.
Sanders, who also bears an uncanny resemblance to Captain Smith, will give a 45-minute presentation followed by 15-minutes of Q & A. Sanders has been involved in theater since 1974, before, during and after his 14 years in the U.S. Army. His theatrical roles/activities have varied, from portraying characters in a number of military base productions, Renaissance fairs, and dinner theater to assisting in stage lighting, construction and props. Recently, his resemblance to Captain Smith has given him a new direction in which to apply his improvisational skills.
The Museum is also offering a special sinking date admission price of $10 to North Carolina state employees who want to see Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition. State employees need only show their badges to receive the discount.