Coast Guard commemorates Titanic Centennial in Boston

1st Coast Guard District NewsBOSTON — In commemoration of the sinking of the Titanic 100 years ago, the U.S. Coast Guard, Titanic Historical Society, Titanic International Society, and Titanic Museum Attractions hosted a wreath and rose petal blessing in Boston. Five donated wreaths and 1.5 million dried rose petals will depart Boston aboard Coast Guard Cutter Juniper to be dedicated and placed at sea over the Titanic’s resting site. The Juniper crew is departing today.

Members from the Coast Guard-led International Ice Patrol will cast the wreaths from a Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City HC-130J Hercules aircraft while Coast Guard Cutter Juniper crewmembers spread the rose petals at sea, April 14.

The tragic sinking of the luxury passenger liner Titanic in 1912 prompted maritime nations with ships transiting the North Atlantic to establish an iceberg patrol in the area. Since 1913, the U.S. Coast Guard has been tasked with the management and operation of the patrol, known as the International Ice Patrol.

“The loss of the Titanic left an indelible mark on all maritime nations,” said Rear Adm. Daniel Neptun, the 1st Coast Guard District Commander. “It profoundly effected how the maritime industry is inspected, regulated and comes to the aid of mariners in distress today.”

The U.S. Coast Guard has been conducting safety at sea missions for more than 200 years. The mission of the International Ice Patrol serves a vital role to this day, 100 years after the Titanic’s sinking. By marking and forecasting the movement of icebergs, Coast Guard personnel are safeguarding the navigable waterways of the North Atlantic and ensuring safe delivery of commerce and passengers to and from the U.S.

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