CBC and Radio-Canada present a special documentary marking the centenary of one of the most tragic shipping disasters of our time. Among the more than 2200 passengers and crew were 130 men, women and children bound for Canada. They came from all walks of life, some called Canada home, others chose this country as a place of opportunity or refuge. In two hours of dramatic and emotional story-telling, we reveal for the first time the stories of the Canadians aboard through letters, diaries and first-hand accounts from surviving family members. Their stories are about hope and heartbreak – about souls both lost and saved - the legacy of which still resonates today, from British Columbia to Newfoundland.
“The race to build the fastest transatlantic ship will result in the greatest and most appalling disaster…” Charles Hays
Charles Hays was a visionary railway magnate and a member of Canada’s business elite. He was aboard the Titanic that fateful April night a hundred years ago.
“J'ai entendu des hurlements comme jamais je n'en ai entendu et que je ne n'oublierai jamais. Ce n'était rien d'humain, les voix d'hommes surtout, c'était effrayant.” Paul Chevré
Paul Chevré was a sculptor travelling for the opening of the Chateau Laurier Hotel in Ottawa, where his bust of Sir Wilfrid Laurier was to be unveiled.
“We were entirely surrounded by large cakes of ice and there was no food or water on the boat.” Bridget Bradley
And Bridget Bradley was a young woman leaving poverty in Ireland for a new life in a new world.
These are just some of the people you’ll meet in Titanic: The Canadian Story.
The 2-DVD set includes the complete 2-hr documentary in english and french, and a wealth of bonus video content in both languages.
- 2-disc set
- Closed Captioned
- 5.1 Digital Audio
- Approx. 85 min (each language)
- Region 0