More than two decades after James Cameron’s 1997 epic Titanic hit theaters, Jack and Rose’s ill-fated romance continues to captivate people the world over. And though the characters were entirely fictional, their tragic tale wasn’t all that different from that of a real couple on board the Titanic in 1912. But who were they, and what makes their story so heart-rending, even a hundred years later?
It was midday on Wednesday April 10, 1912, in the port of Southampton, England, when RMS Titanic lifted her anchor for the first time. She was the quickest, largest and grandest ocean liner of her time. And after three years in construction, she was finally ready for what was set to be an historic journey. But, as we know, the iconic vessel would never complete her maiden voyage.