Tabs on Writing

The Business of Business Writing by John Tabellione, Principal at

Gigantic Captains of Industries

Date: 29 October 2018
Category: Current Events, Entertainment, History, Homophones

It has been over a hundred years (April 15, 1912) since the HMS Titanic set sail from Southampton, England for its maiden and fateful voyage that ended in tragedy after striking an iceberg in the Atlantic and killing over 1,500 people. Built in Belfast, Northern Ireland by an English shipbuilding firm, the controlling trust and ownership of that White Star Line belonged to a titan* of American industry and finance, John Pierpont (J.P.) Morgan. Did you know that at one point the ship was going to be named the Gigantic instead of the Titanic?

While other American business tycoons, such as Isidor Straus, owner of Macy’s Department Store, and John Jacob Astor, of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, unfortunately perished, Morgan himself did not sail that occasion due to illness.

As one of the most famous ships in history, numerous works of popular culture, including books, folk songs, films, exhibits, and memorials, keep her memory alive. The blockbuster movie Titanic, a remake of A Night to Remember, featured three Academy Award winners who are titans of the film industry: Director James Cameron and actors, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.

When visiting Belfast last year, we were able to visit one for the world’s most famous tourist attractions: Titanic Belfast.  This  phenomenal, interactive museum includes a special effects ride inside nine multi-dimensional galleries, replicating how the Harland & Wolff shipyard constructed the ill-fated ship, right down to the full-scale methods they used to tighten the rivets.

In case you’re interested and not superstitious, the Titanic II, a true replica of the original “ship of dreams,” will be setting sail in 2022, again from Southampton, England, on the originally intended route to New York City attempted in 1912.

*Incidentally, the word “titan” comes from the Titans of Greek mythology, a family of giants believed to have once ruled the world. They were subsequently overpowered and replaced by the younger Olympian gods under the leadership of Zeus. Their Titans’ powers included super strength and prophecy,  and also some control over water and even enhanced memory  (not to be confused with the Tennessee Titans football team, which sports a not so powerful, not so memorable 3-4 won-lost record so far this season).

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