Fan on Titanic journey
Titanic fanatic Graeme Jupp is on the trip of a lifetime to mark the 100th anniversary of the legendary ship’s sinking.
The Ranui cartographer, 40, left for New York on April 7 for a six- week journey around significant Titanic sites. First stop is Halifax, the closest city to the wreck site, then Mr Jupp boards the Azamara Journey to sail to the spot where Titanic hit an iceberg and sank. He will be on board for the centenary of the disaster, April 14.
While in the United States Mr Jupp will attend a Titanic Historical Society conference and visit ships of interest in Boston and Philadelphia, before flying to Britain and Ireland. The Europe leg of his trip will include Cork harbour in Ireland, a pick-up point for passengers before the liner sailed across the Atlantic Ocean.
Mr Jupp’s passion for the Titanic began when, as a child, he read the Titanic book A Night to Remember, his mother Jane Jupp says.
‘‘It all started as a little boy, when he was about eight,’’ she says. ‘‘ He has been interested in it all his life.’’