Fan on Ti­tanic jour­ney

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

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.’’

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