I took off early on Saturday morning and headed along the southern coast
of England to Southampton. I found the docks and asked an attendant guarding one
of the ports if he knew where the RMS Titanic had been docked. He never cracked
a smile in that business-like British way some folks have and told me that Gate 4 is the one
I’m looking for. I thanked him and headed off to Gate 4 which ironically was not guarded. It sort
of amazed me that there were no safety measures in place and I could have driven my rental car
right off the edge of the dock and into the sea.
I saw the place where the QE III would have been docked, but a sign read that the
great ocean liner was out on a cruise. I found myself drawn to this one spot, so
I parked and was looking around when another attendant came and asked if he
could help me. He greeted me with a smile and was totally different from the
first guard I met. I asked him where the Titanic would have been docked and he
said, “Right here, where you are.” He then showed me a large pylon that would
have been there in 1912 and would have been used to tie the great ship to dock.
This was a thrill. I looked at the empty space and could imagine the brand new
ship sitting there waiting for her maiden voyage.
This was a good "gone but not forgotten" day-trip.