Photos courtesy of the Queen Mary.
"Titanic in Photographs – The Exhibition" is now open at the Queen Mary with almost 100 period photographs displayed, guiding viewers through the immersive story of one of the most memorable moments in history. From the Titanic’s conception to its infamously tragic demise, the ship’s story is one that continues to captivate the public’s imagination over 100 years later.
“The synergy between Titanic and the Queen Mary is obvious; the latter being the most famous surviving ocean liner in history and built for the Cunard/White Star Line after their merger in 1934,” stated the release. “The Queen Mary would have been Titanic’s successor, as indeed she was for her near-identical twin sister ship, Olympic.”
Based on the best-selling book, Titanic in Photographs, by maritime historians Daniel Klistorner and Steve Hall, the Queen Mary’s exhibit gives viewers a look through the eyes of those who were there, including Harland and Wolff’s professional photographer, Robert Welch, period press photographers and passengers on board Titanic and the rescue ship, Carpathia.
Alongside the photographs are display cabinets containing over 150 genuine artefacts from Titanic, its identical twin sister, Olympic and the rescue ship, Carpathia. The rare pieces include gilt and crystal light fittings, furniture, china, silverware, crystal and even the chairs passengers used. Check how the ship was built, its staterooms, first-class lounge, the grand staircase and more during the visual journey.
One of the highlights of the exhibition is the only surviving White Star Line lifeboat, virtually identical to those used by all too few of Titanic’s passengers, as they waited to be rescued from the icy waters of the North Atlantic, according to the release.
“Relive the emotion of the disaster as you view personal items, such as stationery from Titanic’s Reading & Writing Room, sent home as a souvenir by one of the victims of the sinking, mailed at the ship’s last port of call; Queenstown,” read the release. “A railway ticket, purchased on board Titanic from the Purser’s Office by a 3rd class passenger, for his return journey that was never to take place.”
While the exhibition emphasizes the beauty, opulence and splendour of what was a magnificent ship, the tragedy itself is covered in a display containing the sheet music carried by the musicians who played while the ship slipped beneath the ocean, lifeboat plaques, a passenger list, memorial postcards and a gold pocket watch, dropped by a first-class passenger as he rushed to find a place in one of the last lifeboats to leave the sinking ship, picked up by one of Titanic’s crew members.
“RMS Titanic continues to be one of the most popular culture topics in the world,” stated the announcement. “The touring Titanic exhibit feels at home on the Queen Mary whose legacy, historical worth and cultural influences continue to impress over a million on-board visitors each year.”
The exhibit is now open daily from 11:00AM to 6:00PM and will run through July 2018. General Admission Pricing is $27 for adults, $17.50 for children ages 4-11.
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