The Titanic and Vampire Maman – Shared Connections

This morning my eldest brother Max gave my son Garrett his Patek Philippe & Cie Gold Chronometro Gondolo Pocket Watch. The watch isn’t working, even though it is a magnificent time piece. The time had stopped at 2:48. That was when the icy waters of the Atlantic finally got to the inside pocket of Max’s jacket after the Titanic sank. There were seven Vampires on the ship. They all survived in the water like death, but not dead. Five women and two men. They stayed together, but it isn’t a story Max likes to tell. Garrett turned twenty-one on April 1st. Max told him that they could have the watch fixed. In the box was also the jacket Max had worn. Even after all of these years it is a story that fascinates us, and horrifies us. There is nothing like mismanagement and bad communication, and inflated egos to make something go so wrong.

April 14, 2012 is the day I started writing the blog Vampire Maman. It is also the same day the Titanic hit an iceberg and started to sink – April 14, 1912.

April 16, 2012 would have been the 100st anniversary of the docking of the Titanic in New York City, if the Titanic had docked.

I have in my possession a curious bit of history. This one is real. Not fiction. It gave me the chills to read this and copy it for this post.

In a scrap book is a press release that would have gone out if the Titanic had landed safely in New York.

Rather than throwing it out an executive employee of the White Star line put it in his scrap book. And that is where it still is. And here it is…copied exactly word for word from the White Star Line.

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To be released for Publication after arrival of ship, April 16th.

The latest Ocean Marvel White Star’s “Titanic”

Largest Vessel in the World Arrives in New York.

THE ACEM OF LUXURY AND COMFORT – SOME STRIKING INNOVATIONS.

The largest steamer in the world arrived in New York today (April 16) from Southampton and Cherbourg and Plymouth. Larger even than the giantess “OLYMPIC” the new White Star Line leviathan “TITANIC” began her maiden trip under the most auspicious circumstances.

Many wonderful innovations have been made part of this newest of transatlantic wonders. The “TITANIC’S” 66,000 tons of displacement and 46,328 tons gross register are not her sole claim to distinction as the most elaborate handiwork of shipwrights. The “TITANIC” is the first steamer to be built with private promenades in connection with some of her splendid suites. Heretofore the floating apartment hotels, but fall to the “TITANIC” to provide the transatlantic traveler with an actual private residence, even to the exclusive promenade deck without encroachment upon the hundreds of first-cabin voyagers.

The “TITANIC”, like its sister ship, the “OLYMPIC”, possesses the great length of 882 feet, 6 inches, and a beam of 92 feet, 6 inches. Over the boat deck, the “TITANIC’S” beam spans 94 feet even, from rail to rail.

Four great funnels rise 81 ½ feet above the uppermost deck with a total distance of 175 feet from the top of the funnels to the keel.

Fifteen watertight bulkheads divide the great vessel, making her unsinkable even though half of her compartments should be filled with water. Eleven steel decks add to the “TITANIC’S” staunchness while an ideal of the vast promenading space may best be had when it is noted that the main promenade deck alone has an unbroken sweep of 190 yards on either side of the ship.

A Parisian Café and Palm Room are but some of the features of this remarkable vessel which will now enter regularly in the Plymouth-Cherbourg-Southampton-New York service with the “OLYMPIC.”

Besides the main dining salon, which has seating capacity for nearly 600 passengers, there is an a la carte restaurant, French service, which seats 200 passengers. The restaurant features will be especially appreciated by those who do not have the desire to be held to regular hours for dining, for night suppers, dinner parties, etc.

The size of the staterooms is also one of the remarkable features of the new giantess “TITANIC.” Varying from 8 feet to 9 feet, 6 inches in height, they are all roomy. Some of the 2-berth cabins are 17 x 10 feet, 6 inches in size. There are no 4-berth rooms, and a great number of single-berth rooms, 8 ½ by 10 ½ feet, have been provided.

A great swimming pool, squash racket course, gymnasium and the Turkish baths are all closely together on the lower deck, from which elevators carry the passengers to the various upper decks.

As in her sister ship, the “OLYMPIC,” passengers on the “TITANIC” will descent the grand staircase to the main reception room, which, in turn, leads into the great dining salon, from which it is separated by glass. Stretching the full width of the vessel amidships, the main dining salon is light and cheerful, and at night, with its myriads of electric lights, it presents a veritable fairyland.

Describing the gathering of the voyages in the reception room, awaiting the dinner hour, a writer has aptly remarked:

“Upon a dark, richly colored carpet, which will further emphasize the delicacy and refinement of the paneling and act as a foil to the light dresses of the ladies, this company will assemble – the apotheosis surely, of ocean-going luxury and comfort. What more appropriate setting than this dignified Jacobean room, redolent of the time when the Pilgrim Fathers set forth from Plymouth on their rude bark to brave the perils of the deep!”

There screws, propelled by turbine and reciprocating engines, furnished the motive power of the great “TITANIC.” Leaving Southampton and calling at Cherbourg and Plymouth for continental passengers on Wednesdays, she is expected to reach New York on the following Tuesday evening. The two ships will maintain an ocean ferry with regularity of other ferries across a river, for their immense tonnage displacement makes them practically impervious to the elements, no matter how adverse these may be.

The “TITANIC” and the “OLYMPIC,” as instruments of commerce, represent the highest skill and perfection yet reached in naval architecture; and in the struggle for supremacy they will easily hold the place of honor and the historic names that have been given them.

 

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It makes you think. It also makes me feel kind of cold as if the icy waters are calling with the ghosts of those who did not survive.

~ Juliette aka Vampire Maman

 

 

My Mom Blogs About Vampires

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On Friday I received a little notice from WordPress reminding me that I’ve been blogging for four years. Thank you WordPress.

As far as I know I’m the only Vampire/Parenting blogger out there.

The first few months of blogging brought out a few “experts” who wanted to question my Vampire facts. I have to point out that they’d been reading way too much fiction on the subject.

Nobody got after me about the parenting part because, you know, I know what I’m doing.

I’ve grown over the past four years as a parent, a writer, and a Vampire.

Thank you to all of my readers. To those who are new, and to those of you who have been following me all along.

I never knew about, or even imagined the community I’d come to belong to when I started Vampire Maman and West Coast Review. I thought I was out there in the universe like planet Earth, wondering if anyone would ever find me. I was found the first day out.

Anyway, thank you all from me, from my brothers Max, Andy, Aaron and Val, from Eleora and Tellias, from Vlad and his cat, from Nathaniel Chase, and from my husband Teddy, and from my kids Clara and Garrett, and from Nigel The Ghost. And from anyone else I might have missed.

 

Love,

~ Juliette aka Vampire Maman

 

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True Love and Perfect Days

First a little business: I just realized that little over four years ago I started writing this blog. I had no idea that I’d still be here sharing stories of my Vampire life and parenting tips and other odds and ends. More odds than ends I think. There have been over 1,000 posts. Holy Crap, I could have written a couple of best-selling novels… anyway. Thank you everyone who has followed and supported this odd little blog.

And speaking of Anniversaries, today, May 3 Teddy and I will celebrate our wedding anniversary. Needless to say “Short Story Sunday” will be a rerun today (but I know you’ll still like it.)

Today I have a few brief words about true love and perfect days.

True love exists. It is rare, but it doesn’t have to be. It isn’t a thing that one chases or has angst about. It isn’t something for teens. It isn’t turning into a Vampire for a tall mysterious stranger.

True love is when you’ve been together for decades and you know it is still right. No doubts. No regrets.

Then there are those perfect days. Teddy and I have had more than our share. We’ve had more crap than our share, but we savor those perfect days.

About fifteen years ago, when the children were tiny, Teddy and I spend several hour walking among dinosaur bones. It was an exhibit of amazing bones from Russian – bones of animals who had walked and run and maybe even loved twenty million years ago. We saw amazing creatures of all sizes in shaped and forms we could have never imagined. We’d gone during the week so we practically had the place to ourselves. It was magical and romantic in ways I can’t explain.

Dinosaur bones – who would have thought?

We’ve had so many perfect days as parents. We’ve had perfect days as friends. We’ve had perfect days alone. Like true love, a perfect day is hard to explain. You just know. You feel the glow. You feel content and happy just because.

Wishing all of you a perfect day, and maybe even a bit of true love.

~ Juliette aka Vampire Maman

 

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