Relatives of victims of the Titanic today threw roses off the Southampton dockside in memory of their loved ones during a moving 100th anniversary memorial service.
A minute’s silence was also held today in remembrance of the 1517 passengers and crew who lost their lives on the famous liner’s ill-dated maiden voyage.
The south coast city has special reason to mark the Titanic disaster, as 538 of the 714 crew who died on the ship hailed from Southampton.
At the time it was said that almost every person in the city was either related to or knew someone who died.
Events began just before midday when nine wreaths were thrown into the Ocean Docks at Southampton, Hants, where most of the crew had lived.
The minute’s silence was concluded by a haunting recording of the Titanic’s whistle which was sounded three times around the port.
Every vessel in the port then proceeded to sound their whistles in sombre acknowledgement.
Shortly after, a re-enactment of the ship’s departure from berth 44 at Ocean Dock on April 10, 1912, was staged.
A flotilla of craft followed the tug tender Calshot, which was built in the same era as the legendary liner, as it sailed towards the Solent.
Guests were then invited to throw their own rose off the dockside in memory of loved ones who lost their lives.
One of many to throw a rose into the water at the dock was Alan Stote, who was paying respects to his great uncle Thomas Instance.
Pensioner Alan Stote, 76, from Totton near Southampton, Hampshire, said: “My grandfather’s brother was only 31 when he lost his life.
“He was a fireman aboard the Titanic. Although very upsetting, today’s event was well organized and very professional.
“I feel lucky to have been able to be a part of the day and pay my respects.”