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Marking the Anniversary of the Titanic Tragedy

By Collections Curator Ruth Bitner
April 20

It has been over 100 years since the Titanic sunk in the North Atlantic Ocean, killing more than 1,500 people. As Metro News recently reported, 5 of those killed were heading for Saskatchewan. The tragedy made headlines and captivated the attention of people around the world.

According to the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum in Northern Ireland, a Titanic memorabilia industry "rapidly got into gear" after the disaster. Some of the items produced made their way to Saskatchewan. One of those items is a napkin produced by the Palantine Printing Company, Lancashire in 1912.  It made its way into the WDM collection in 1990.

Titanic souvenir napkin Titanic souvenir napkin in the WDM collection (WDM-1990-S-2)

Did you know there is a place named Titanic in Saskatchewan? It is near Fort Carlton.

Titanic, Saskatchewan Shrine at Titanic, Saskatchewan.
Photo courtesy Ruth Bitner

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