“remembering victims of a 1912 disaster”
A lighthouse dedicated to commemorating the Titanic.The lighthouse was originally erected by public subscription in 1913. It stood above the East River on the roof of the old Seamen's Church Institute of New York and New Jersey at the corner of South Street and Coenties Slip. From 1913 to 1967 the time ball at the top of the lighthouse would drop down the pole to signal twelve noon to the ships in the harbor. This time ball mechanism was activated by a telegraphic signal, from the Naval Observatory in Washington D.C.In July 1968 the Seamen's Church Institute moved to its present quarters at 15 State Street. That year, the Titanic Memorial Lighthouse was donated by the Kaiser-Nelson Steel & Salvage Corporation to the South Street Seaport Museum. It was erected at the entrance to the museum complex, on the corner ofFulton and Pearl streets, in May 1976, with funds provided by the Exxon corporation.
I think the coolest thing about this memorial is that the idea to put it up came from the Unsinkable Molly Brown, an American socialite/philanthropist/Titanic survivor. The fact that it uses a timeball is pretty cool too-- it's an old-school maritime time device. Definitely worth checking out if you're in the area. Or if you're a fan of the movie.
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