Winter will not officially arrive until next week, but don’t tell anyone who is living in the storm front parallel to the shores of Lake Huron.
Blizzard-like conditions exist with motorists being stranded in their vehicles on Highway 402 for hours, many overnight. The situation is so serious that a military operation is in place, with helicopters rescuing many from their frozen vehicles.
Still more snow & wind is in the forecast!!!!
The ferocity of this storm is indeed of Titanic proportions, it seems. That has started me thinking about the ship, itself, and the recent exhibition of artifacts that I saw at the local Museum.
What comes to mind when you hear that name? Answers will vary but most will be familiar with Titanic as the name of a great ship that sank in the last century. Possibly you will know that it sank in the north Atlantic, not too far from Newfoundland shores in April of 1912.
Like the ship, the story of its sinking was huge. Touted as “unsinkable”, sadly, its fate was to the contrary. So many lives were lost.
At the local exhibit, we were given Boarding Passes as we entered the Museum. We were reminded that society was layered at that time & that class distinction was reflected in the ship from top to bottom—first, second & third, or steerage passengers were roomed, fed and entertained accordingly.
In the James Cameron movie version, Titanic was portrayed as s “ship of dreams”; indeed, it was so for many passengers. For the majority however, it became their worst nightmare. Several years ago, my son was caught up in the movie story of the Titanic–he drew this huge chalk sketch of the ship on our driveway. My husband took a photo of this “ship of dreams’.
Today, in snow-bound areas of Ontario, several passengers on the 402 highway are being rescued by the military.
Perhaps that reminded me of the Titanic. Unfortunately, the military helicopters were not part of that era of shipping and ocean commerce. Thankfully, almost 100 years late, so many people are being rescued in this huge storm.