A travelling Titanic exhibition dedicated to telling the story of passengers on the Titanic opened this weekend. Unlike other exhibitions ‘Titanic the Exhibition’ is unique in its execution.
Upon entering the exhibition, you are given a ticket that correlates with a passenger. Once through the exhibit, you’re told whether you were among the 800 survivors or the 1,500 people who lost their lives.
The Titanic sank in just two hours and 40 minutes after hitting an iceberg on April 14th, 1912. The British passenger ship sank in the North Atlantic Ocean on her maiden journey from Southampton to New York City. The mega structure was built in Belfast by architect Thomas Andrews who died in the sinking.
The Titanic carried the wealthiest people in the world alongside immigrants and crew. It was known for its luxurious first class, equipped with a pool, gymnasium and al la carte restaurant run by Chef Gaspare Gatti.
The cruise liner, however, kept lifeboats for just 1,178 people, approximately half the amount of people on board.
Late on the 14th April, the ship struck an iceberg causing the ship’s hull plates to buckle inwards. It began to sink bow first, as water flooded compartment to compartment. The ship sank in two parts, and the remaining crew and passengers were submerged into lethally cold water, almost all died of cardiac arrest within 15-30 minutes.
The huge structure is still visible on the bottom of the Atlantic. The curator of the Titanic exhibit, Tom Zaller, is one of only a few people to see the wreckage at the bottom of the ocean.
"You have to get into this little tiny submarine that is 2 metres in diameter with two other people inside and travel for two-and-a-half hours in complete darkness until you get to the bottom of the ocean. Then you see the wreck," he said.
Interest in the Titanic, according to Zaller is owed to James Cameron’s movie released 20 years ago. China is even creating a replica of the ship.
Australian magnate Clive Palmer announced plans to build and sail a Titanic replica in the near future.
The travelling Titanic exhibition features near replicas of the ship’s interior including the grand staircase, 300 artefacts and memorabilia from the blockbuster movie.
Experience the world’s largest and most immersive exhibition, to better understand the Titanic’s first and final voyage.
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