Remembering those lost
The International Ice Patrol of the United States Coast Guard was created following the Titanic disaster and given the mission of keeping commercial vessels safe from the icebergs that continue to haunt the vital North Atlantic shipping lanes. In recognition of their long, shared heritage with Newfoundland and Cape Race, the Patrol held its 2012 Blessing of the Wreaths Ceremony on April 13 at St. Nicholas Church in Torbay, Newfoundland. This tradition of honouring Titanic’s victims goes back to the creation of the service following the Titanic tragedy. The natural wreaths were dropped over the gravesite during the first patrol scheduled following the centennial of Titanic’s loss on April 14, 1912. St. Nicholas is the Patron Saint of sailors.
On April 14, 2012 an Ecumenical Service was also held at Holy Redeemer Church in Trepassey - the nearest church to the Titanic gravesite - as part of the commemorative events held to remember Titanic’s passengers and crew.