I was watching one of the Titanic shows on National Geographic channel last evening and found out about the Fisheries and Marine Institute’s Centre for Marine Simulation, which is located in St. John’s, Newfoundland. The simulator was used to run some simulations in regards to the Titanic’s collision with the iceberg. Already being familiar with the number flight simulation developers we have in Canada, I wasn’t really surprised to find that we also have a pretty incredible marine simulator as well.
Being of curious mind, I searched out the Centre’s web site, because I wanted to see if the software and technology they use was developed in Canada, and in the process found out that the Titanic simulation used on the National Geographic program is currently part of an interactive exhibit that will be taking place at the Centre For Marine Simulation, in partnership with the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre, over the summer months.
This experience, which is called Calm Air, is scheduled to run from from June 26 – August 30, 2012 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and will feature “a full sensory interpretation of the Titanic’s voyage. Theatrical talent from the Arts and Culture Centre will lead dramatic reenactment of events, while the full mission ship’s bridge simulator will provide a 360 degree visual and full motion experience. This blend of theatre and technology will lead small groups on a 20 minute journey commemorating the Titanic tragedy.”
According to the tour’s information page, “Calm Air by Ben Pittman begins as a simple boat tour to the Titanic wreck’s Atlantic location. A guide named Harold brings a small group of interested people to the resting place of the tragic ship. It is learned that Harold’s ancestor was Harold Bride, Junior Wireless Operator of RMS Titanic, at times throughout the play Harold “becomes” his great-grandfather.”
“The group are transported to the moment the iceberg strikes and follow Harold Bride on his journey of survival. Bride escapes the wreck and is rescued by an old friend but the troubles are only beginning for Bride. The public demand answers for their dead, then Bride takes the stand and testifies. Will they blame him?
The life of Bride flashes before his eyes and the small tour group witness the legacy of Titanic through Bride’s struggles. He changes back to Harold “the tour guide” but not before they all face the full fury of an Ocean swell. A new appreciation is gained for the ocean and it’s seafarers as Harold guides the people home.”
Tickets for this event must be booked in advance, prices are as follows:
- $25.00 Adults
- $18.00 Students/Seniors
- June 26, 28
- July 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19
- August 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30
- 1:00 p.m.
- 2:00 p.m.
- 3:00 p.m.
The Fisheries and Marine Institute Centre for Marine Simulation is located at 155 Ridge Road in St. John’s.
As for my original reason for searching out the site – I’ll get back to you on that. 😉