Archive for April 15, 2010

The Titanic – Gone but never forgotton

Posted in DESIGN, exhibitions, HISTORY, LIVING IN THE PAST: NOSTALGIA with tags , , , on April 15, 2010 by echostains

 

Titanic postcard an artists view

Today is the sad anniversary of when the famous liner ‘The Titanic’ hit an iceberg and sank 225 miles off the coast of Newfoundland.  She hit the iceberg shortly before midnight on the 14th April and sank two hours later 98 years ago. Too much has already been written about this famous ship, her story is both tragic and sadly true.   She was one of three sister ships – the others being the Olympia and the Britannia.  She started life in a Belfast shipyard (Harland and Wolff) and was the largest passenger ship in the world at that time.  Ironically she was advertised as unsinkable.

This short video is very sensitively made and contains original images and photgraphs.  Warning:  You will be moved and the music is beautiful too.

The Titanic was the epitome of luxury, boasting an on board  swimming pool, a gymnasium, Turkish bath and even an electric bath – all for the First Class passengers.  The furniture, decorations and design of the luxury cabins in addition to Parisian cousine must have been so tempting for the wealthy and even the Second and Third Class passengers didn’t have it so bad.

grand dome recreation

skylight from one of Titanic's two famous Grand staircases

There have been many artifacts displayed from the Titanic.  But in essence, the actual site is a graveyard.  All those people met their fate in that dark watery place on 15th April 1912.  Robert D.  Ballard who found the wreck was astounded by the mass of objects lieing on the ocean floor, shoes, combs, champagne bottles, still corked. 

footwear from the titanic

A lot of the artifacts have  been salvaged by a private company.  the wreck has been filmed, dived upon and they even tried to raise it.  Yet still it retains its secrets. We will never know whose feet those shoes were on, or which childs hair was combed with one of these broken artifacts.  It would be perhaps fitting that these people should be left in peace, but human nature being what it is – the need to know, the need to see these things  will always be prevalent.  1517 passengers died but only 306 bodies were recovered, the largest number of survivors being of the First Class rank.

Captain E J Smith

The passenger list here

Titanic website here

Short article about Robert D. Ballard’s re visit here

Titanic re-creation exhibition here

Titanic post card from here

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