Sunday, April 22, 2012

The Story of the Ticanic

One week ago was the anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.  So tonight I take a break from my usual can adventures to bring you a lesser-known story... The Story of the Ticanic.

RMS Pico

Many years ago, a can from Southampton, England, floated across the frigid North Atlantic.  It was the RMS Pico, also known as the "Ticanic."

6th Officer "Sunny Jim"
Along with the hundreds of crew members and passengers, Sixth Officer James Moody, known as "Sunny Jim", enjoyed several days of exciting and fun-filled cruising.

Rare photo of the disastrous ice cubes
And then one night at 11:40pm (ship's time), on Sunny Jim's watch, he alarmed the crew with his infamous words, "Ice cubes straight ahead!!!"  But it was too late for the ship and its crew. 

Everyone perished that night, including Captain Ed Smith, Sixth Officer Moody and the most famous passenger aboard, the Unsinkable Dr. Brown.

Not so unsinkable
Afterwards, when the owner of the cruise line, White Rock Lines, was contacted, their only comment was, "It was never meant to sail hundreds of people across the ocean.  It was designed to deliver 11.25 imperial fluid ounces of dry ginger ale to thirsty limeys!"

Near, far, wherever you are, I believe that the heart does go on.

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