A Titanic date to remember

10 April 2007 by Sam

Detail of stern of ship model with name 'TITANIC LIVERPOOL'

Detail of the Titanic model in the Merseyside Maritime Museum

95 years ago today, on 10 April 1912, a certain ship left Southampton on a voyage for New York that ended in tragedy just four days later.

It’s a well known story and I’m sure many of you will have seen the films and bought the t-shirts already. However, did you know that the Titanic is actually a Liverpool-registered ship, and carried the city’s name on her stern? This was because her managing company, the White Star Line, had its head office in James Street, Liverpool.  About one in ten of the crew on her last voyage were either from Liverpool or based in the area. You can find out more about the Titanic’s Liverpool connections on our website.

If you haven’t seen Merseyside Maritime Museum’s recently refurbished Titanic, Lusitania and the Forgotten Empress gallery yet then this week is a good time to go, with a series of free events to commemorate the anniversary of the sinking. There’s an adult learning day tomorrow, a chance to meet one of the crew (played by our roleplayer) on Saturday and a spotlight talk on Monday. For more details, times etc see the Maritime Museum’s What’s On page.

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