Many stories have come to us from the tragic sinking of the great ship,
the Titanic. Some are not as well known as others. Most people don't
know that back in 1912, Hellman's mayonnaise was manufactured in
England. In fact, the Titanic was carrying 12,000 jars of the condiment
scheduled for delivery in Vera Cruz, Mexico which was to be the next
port of call for the great ship after its stop in New York. To date this
would have been the largest shipment ever exported to Mexico.
The people of Mexico, who were crazy about the stuff, were eagerly
awaiting delivery and were disconsolate at the loss. So much so, that
they declared a National Day of mourning which they still observe today.
It is known, of course, as Sinko de Mayo.