Bringing Titanic To Life
One of the most important aspects of our exhibition is the use of large-format photographs & banners. Immerse yourself into these giant pictures and step back in time onto the decks of RMS Titanic...
No other exhibition delivers this incredible 3D effect, with the intertwined use of real artifacts and high-resolution images that reveal incredible detail, bringing Titanic back to life before your very eyes!
Harland & Wolff Drawing Office
The home of the naval architects whom conceptualized and designed the Olympic Class liners.
Guided under the guise of Lord William J. Pirrie, and designers Alexander Carlisle & Thomas Andrews; the White Star Line's (J. Bruce Ismay's) dream of three luxury liners; with the ability to surpass Cunard's beloved Lusitania & Mauretania, came to life in this room.
Here, the draughtsman are hard at work on the layouts of what will be yet another wonderful Harland & Wolff ship.
Harland & Wolff Shipyard Workers
None of the Olympic Class Liners would have been built, if it wasn't for the steadfast, hard working, ship builders from Northern Ireland. They spent tireless days and nights, ensuring every single rivet was in place, every panel, every screw. The job they endured was thankless, and they were often forgotten in the day-to-day discussions of Titanic's history.
We strive to make sure these men are not forgotten, as they dedicated their lives (as several lost theirs) to building ships, so the wealthy and immigrants could travel to a better life.
Launching a Legend, 31st May 1911
At around 12.13pm, Titanic started her journey into the books of history as she slipped effortlessly into Belfast’s River Lagan. Despite the very large crowd, there was no christening ceremony; a tradition not adhered to by the White Star Line. Launching a ship this size had only been done once before – her sister ship, the Olympic.
An incredible 22 tons of soap & tallow lay 1” thick along the length of the slipway to ease Titanic into the water. After the supporting timbers were knocked away, it took just 62 seconds for Titanic’s empty hull to be afloat and ready to be towed to the ‘Fitting Out’ wharf.
Almost Unimaginable Luxury
Over two miles down at the bottom of the North Atlantic lies the broken wreck of Titanic, once the largest ship in the world. And right in the middle is an extremely big hole, where the great and famed staircase once existed. Its ‘disappearance’ is still baffling but in death as in life, the 1st class Grand Staircase holds the attention.
It was incredibly ornate, with intricate oak wood carving,
iron scrollwork embellished with gold paint and on each deck it passed through, a beautiful ornament adorned the lower newel post (a post at each end of a bannister) in the forms of a cherub and candelabra. And if you were heading up the staircase from ‘A’ Deck to the Boat Deck, you would be faced by the now legendary sculpture of ‘Honour and Glory Crowning Time’ and as its name suggests, a clock was the central feature.
A Voyage into History
As Titanic is pulled away from the quayside at midday on Wednesday, 10th April 1912, there was every indication this was going to be a textbook maiden voyage. The business of crossing the Atlantic (and the world) was so commonplace that the idea of accidents or disasters didn’t really enter the public consciousness. Ships were getting larger and technology becoming ever more efficient, so the belief was that nothing could really be out of a ship’s control.
As the tugs strained to pull the ship away, the engine room awaited the order to engage the engines, ready to move the
ship under her own power. Mooring ropes were thrown of and gathered up, lunch was being prepared in the galleys and passengers were unpacking and learning to find their way around this floating maze of rooms and spaces. All seemed so normal…
Coming out of the early morning mist, these lifeboats were the first real signs that something had gone terribly wrong. As more boats appeared and the first waves of shocked and numb passengers climbed up the ropes onto the deck of the Cunard liner Carpathia, the world learnt of the horror that had occurred only a few hours before.
This iconic image was captured by Charles Hutchinson. He and
his young wife were heading to Europe on their honeymoon aboard the rescue ship, Carpathia.
Of the 2,200+ passengers & crew of Titanic, only 705 survived.
All That Remained of the "Unsinkable" Ship
13 of Titanic's 20 lifeboats were all that arrived at the White Star Dock in New York and as they were lowered from Carpathia’s davits, the terrible truth finally hit home.
Once gathered up, the lifeboats were attended to by White Star Line workers who quietly removed their nameplates.
No-one really knows what happened to them after that, some think they may have been burnt – others think they were re-used, stripped of any indication of their former use…
RMS Titanic, the largest ship in the world; deemed “practically unsinkable”, was in fact, anything but.