Saturday, May 27th, 2017

100 Years Since Titanic. 1 Year Since My Wreck.


I almost missed the date.  March 28th was the anniversary of my shipwreck off the coast of Komodo Island in Indonesia.  I wouldn’t have remembered if my shipmates hadn’t emailed me.  It was good to hear that they’re doing well these days, especially little baby Elin, who was just 10 months old when our Perama boat went down.

One of my shipmates, Mirko, wrote a piece about our shipwreck (in German) for a Swiss newspaper.  In it, he remarked that it’s been 100 years since the sinking of the Titanic, and one year since our own shipwreck.

Aside from the timing, they don’t deserve to be compared.  As frightening as it was at the time, it wasn’t nearly as bad as it could have been.  People on the Titanic froze to death in the icy North Atlantic.  We jumped off our sinking boat into warm water and swam to shore before being rescued 30 minutes later.  And while we landed off the north coast of Komodo, this part wasn’t inhabited by dragons.  We were extremely, extremely lucky.

Still, my shipmates and I will never be the same.  Boats terrify me now.  I’m working on it all the time.  But sailing overnight to Shetland and back, on the rockiest waters I’ve ever experienced, was one of the most difficult things I’ve done recently.

Allow me to make my periodic announcement:

Do you want to see Komodo Island?  Do not take an overnight boat trip.  The safest option is to fly to Labuan Bajo, Flores, and take a day trip to Komodo.

And now, on to the main show: the Titanic‘s 100-year anniversary.


Titanic’s Anniversary

For the anniversary of the Titanic, commemorations are taking place around the world.  The movie is being released in 3D.  And Belfast, Northern Ireland, is celebrating with a brand-new, sure-to-be-spellbinding digital projection show.

From the site:

Cutting edge architectural projection, intense 3D motion graphics, synchronised pyrotechnics and bespoke sound design, will combine to treat you to an unforgettable audiovisual performance. As one of the most challenging projection mapping projects ever attempted, this will be an irrepressible celebration of Belfast, its culture, heritage and bright future.

The show is inspired by the design of RMS Titanic itself, its construction, engineering, its journey and transformation. And it demonstrates its continued life and spirit at Titanic Belfast.

The 40-minute show features pyrotechnics and 3D graphics — and is said to be one of the most challenging projection shows ever attempted!

The show itself takes place this Saturday, April 7 — but you’ll be able to view it in full here on

Send the link to this post to your friend who LOVES Titanic.  We all have one (hi, Alexa!).

The Titanic, having been built in Belfast, is a huge part of the city’s heritage — there’s even a Titanic quarter in town!  And this show is just the beginning of the festivities in Belfast to take place in all of 2012.  If you’ve ever thought of visiting Belfast, this is the year to do it.

While I’ve never been to Northern Ireland, it’s just a short ferry ride away from me in northwest England.  With so many celebrations taking place this year, I’m going to make visiting Belfast a priority for 2012!

To learn more about these celebrations and events in Belfast, please visit


9 Responses to “100 Years Since Titanic. 1 Year Since My Wreck.”
  1. From a maritime safety professional the conditions onboard that boat were just awful. It really is VERY lucky that everyone made it off safe and sound. It’s sad that a whole boat full of people are probably nervous about travel by boat (and who could blame them?)

    For those travelers that do travel on boats here is a little checklist to perform right after you get onboard. A lot of the smaller boats, especially in Indonesia are not regulated that much and safety issues are rampant.
    1) Locate the life jackets and make sure they are in working order. If they aren’t I would seriously consider getting off.
    2) If there is a life boat find it and make sure you know how to get there
    3) Make sure you have a buddy/someone knows you are onboard. Don’t trust that the crew will be looking for you.
    4) If possible make sure to dress warmly with sneakers. Even in tropical waters hypothermia can occur.
    5) Don’t worry about your belongings onboard in an emergency situation. Worry about getting yourself to the safest place possible.

    • Chris, thanks so much for sharing your tips! From someone in your position, it’s quite valuable.

      One tip I got from a friend in Indonesia is to grab a life jacket as soon as you get onto the boat and hoard it. They often don’t have enough for the whole group.

  2. aradanielle says:

    Hi Kate! Thanks to you I can now justify my paranoia for sinking boats. As it is, I’m always the first one on to slap on my life vest even when the rest of friends are sitting there, thinking I look like a loser. And this is exactly the reason why! I would’ve been so petrified if that ship wreck had happened to me (being the non-swimming type and all). Glad you made it out safe!!! And, now, I will scroll through your blogs to read about said shipwreck. Another tally to add onto the list of things I am scared of. Kudos to you for getting on a boat again. I could only hope to be as brave 🙂

  3. I don’t like boats at the best of times but I don’t think i would step on another boat if i was on one that sank. It is always a big loss when a ship sinks.

  4. Waegook Tom says:

    Great post, Kate – also, awesome that you’ll be having a live stream on your blog.

    I remember reading about your shipwreck when it happened this time last year – it’s whizzed by pretty fast. Glad that your shipmates are doing OK, too 🙂

  5. Annie says:

    I remember reading about your wreck right when I was thinking about doing the cruise myself.
    I was/am very skeptical of transportation in Indonesia – one of our vans almost crashed into a family on a motorbike on the way to Padangbai. I nearly lost it since there was a baby on the bike. Thank god our driver veered away at the last second though.

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