Titanic is an unsinkable attraction

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It was the most famous maritime disaster of all time. Late on the night of April 14, 1912, the luxury liner RMS Titanic, en route to New York on its maiden voyage, struck an iceberg. Two hours and 40 minutes later, the "unsinkable" Titanic foundered beneath the 29-degree waters of the North Atlantic, taking with it the lives of 2,208 passengers and crew. So it's hardly surprising this month's 100th anniversary will be marked with commemorations and special exhibitions in the United States and abroad. --Marshall S. Berdan, special to Newsday

The exterior of a half-scale replica of the
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The exterior of a half-scale replica of the Titanic cruise ship in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

Curator Dawn Littler holds the only known surviving
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Curator Dawn Littler holds the only known surviving first class ticket from the Titanic, at the Merseyside Maritime Museum in Liverpool, England. The ticket, which belonged to Rev. Stuart Holden, is on display at the exhibition "Titanic and Liverpool: The Untold Story," which marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the ship. Holden cancelled his trip aboard the Titanic after his wife fell ill the day before they were due to set sail. A portrait of the reverend is seen at rear. (March 29, 2012)

Curator Dawn Littler holds the only known surviving
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Curator Dawn Littler holds the only known surviving first class ticket from the Titanic, at the Merseyside Maritime Museum in Liverpool, England. The ticket, which belonged to Rev. Stuart Holden, is on display at the exhibition "Titanic and Liverpool: The Untold Story," which marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the ship. Holden cancelled his trip aboard the Titanic after his wife fell ill the day before they were due to set sail. A portrait of the reverend is seen at rear. (March 29, 2012)

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Members of the press view interactive exhibits during
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Members of the press view interactive exhibits during a media preview of a new exhibit "Titanic: 100 Year Obsession," at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C., which highlights the history of the Titanic and its sinking in 1912. The exhibition runs March 29 through July 8. (March 28, 2012)

Members of the press view interactive exhibits during
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Members of the press view interactive exhibits during a media preview of a new exhibit "Titanic: 100 Year Obsession," at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C., which highlights the history of the Titanic and its sinking in 1912. The exhibition runs March 29 through July 8. (March 28, 2012)

Members of the press view interactive exhibits during
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Members of the press view interactive exhibits during a media preview of a new exhibit "Titanic: 100 Year Obsession," at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C., which highlights the history of the Titanic and its sinking in 1912. The exhibition runs March 29 through July 8. (March 28, 2012)

Members of the press view interactive exhibits during
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Members of the press view interactive exhibits during a media preview of a new exhibit "Titanic: 100 Year Obsession," at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C., which highlights the history of the Titanic and its sinking in 1912. The exhibition runs March 29 through July 8. (March 28, 2012)

Members of the press view interactive exhibits during
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Members of the press view interactive exhibits during a media preview of a new exhibit "Titanic: 100 Year Obsession," at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C., which highlights the history of the Titanic and its sinking in 1912. The exhibition runs March 29 through July 8. (March 28, 2012)

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Members of the press view interactive exhibits during
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Members of the press view interactive exhibits during a media preview of a new exhibit "Titanic: 100 Year Obsession," at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C., which highlights the history of the Titanic and its sinking in 1912. The exhibition runs March 29 through July 8. (March 28, 2012)

Members of the press view interactive exhibits during
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Members of the press view interactive exhibits during a media preview of a new exhibit "Titanic: 100 Year Obsession," at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C., which highlights the history of the Titanic and its sinking in 1912. The exhibition runs March 29 through July 8. (March 28, 2012)

Members of the press view interactive exhibits during
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Members of the press view interactive exhibits during a media preview of a new exhibit "Titanic: 100 Year Obsession," at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C., which highlights the history of the Titanic and its sinking in 1912. The exhibition runs March 29 through July 8. (March 28, 2012)

Members of the press view interactive exhibits during
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Members of the press view interactive exhibits during a media preview of a new exhibit "Titanic: 100 Year Obsession," at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C., which highlights the history of the Titanic and its sinking in 1912. The exhibition runs March 29 through July 8. (March 28, 2012)

Members of the press view interactive exhibits during
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Members of the press view interactive exhibits during a media preview of a new exhibit "Titanic: 100 Year Obsession," at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C., which highlights the history of the Titanic and its sinking in 1912. The exhibition runs March 29 through July 8. (March 28, 2012)

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Members of the press view interactive exhibits during
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Members of the press view interactive exhibits during a media preview of a new exhibit "Titanic: 100 Year Obsession," at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C., which highlights the history of the Titanic and its sinking in 1912. The exhibition runs March 29 through July 8. (March 28, 2012)

Members of the press view interactive exhibits during
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Members of the press view interactive exhibits during a media preview of a new exhibit "Titanic: 100 Year Obsession," at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C., which highlights the history of the Titanic and its sinking in 1912. The exhibition runs March 29 through July 8. (March 28, 2012)

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