Posts tagged with 'maritime history'
11 April 2012 by Rebecca
Liverpool born Mary Gregson, a Titanic stewardess who features in the Aftermath section of the exhibition. Copyright Liverpool Daily Post and Echo archives
James Johnston was born in Dumfriesshire, Scotland in 1871 and he lived in Liverpool with his wife and five children. He worked for White Star Line and boarded Titanic for her delivery voyage from Belfast as a first class steward.
Millvina Dean was born in London in 1912 and boarded Titanic in Southampton. She was only six weeks old and she was travelling as a third class passenger with her family who are moving to America to start a new life. Read more…
10 April 2012 by Lisa
To commemorate the Titanic centenary, we’re offering you the chance to win an A3 mounted print of either Titanic’s sister ship RMS Olympic or the White Star Line’s Liverpool offices!
One runner up will receive a copy of ‘Titanic and Liverpool’ by Alan Scarth and a photography book which accompanies our current exhibition at the Lady Lever Art Gallery.
To enter, you need to answer this question:
Which photographer(s) were commissioned by the White Star Line to photograph RMS Olympic in 1920? Read more…
15 March 2012 by Rebecca
The handling and transport team with the Britannic Bell.
I’m really exited to announce that the Britannic (III) bell was the first object to be installed for the exhibition. I met with our handling and transport team Monday morning and it’s always fascinating to watch these guys work. One of main assets within NML is the collections the bold and beautiful items that range from the very small to the very large. The Maritime Museum collections include the pilot cutter Edmund Gardner – the largest accessioned object in National Museums Liverpool – as well as delicate paper items from our archives. Read more…
2 March 2012 by Rebecca
The BBC visited the Titanic, Lusitania and Forgotten Empress gallery at the Merseyside Maritime Museum this week and interviewed Ian Murphy, curator of Maritime History and Deputy Director of the Merseyside Maritime Museum. They were filming the Harland & Wolff builders’ model of Titanic which is a permanent feature of the gallery.
This year is an important one for Titanic which sank 100 years ago in April 1912. This unique six metre long model was built between 1910-11and has a very interesting history. The model was altered many times over the years by Harland & Wolff and it has represented all White Star Olympic Class liners: – Olympic, Titanic and Britannic. Read more…
Can you help us put a face to a Liverpool related Titanic passenger? Victor Giglio was a first class passenger on the ill-fated liner and we’d like to find more information and a photo of this victim of the disaster.
Victor was valet to American multi-millionaire Ben Guggenheim and the two men deliberately dressed in evening clothes as the huge liner slowly sank. Ben, closely attended by Victor, was heard to say: “We’ve dressed up in our best and are prepared to go down like gentlemen.” Read more…
13 February 2012 by Rebecca
Bruce ismay being questioned by the attorney general. Copyright Julia Quenzler.
This illustration is taken from the Inquires and Reputations presentation in the forthcoming Titanic and Liverpool: the untold story exhibition at Merseyside Maritime Museum. It was created by the artist Julia Quenzler who sketches real life court room scenes for the BBC and shows Bruce Ismay being questioned at the British inquiry into Titanic’s sinking. This part of the exhibition looks at accounts from crew and passengers given at the inquiry in 1912. Read more…
7 February 2012 by Rebecca
Michelle Walsh, Assistant Curator of Maritime History tells us about the Charles Dickens maritime link:
As Sam has mentioned, today marks the bicentenary of Charles Dickens, born 7th February 1812. This reminded me of the small model, currently on display in the Life at Sea Gallery, of the stateroom that Charles Dickens and his wife stayed in on their voyage to America.
Dickens and his wife were given a first-class stateroom for their 14 day voyage from Liverpool to Boston, USA in 1842. Despite this accommodation being luxurious by the standards of the time, Dickens did not feel it lived up to the advertisement by the agents. He comments in his travelogue American Notes for General Circulation; Read more…
24 January 2012 by Sam
As the title suggests, this year’s major exhibition at Merseyside Maritime Museum, Titanic and Liverpool: the untold story, will focus on local connections to the disaster – a side of the tragedy that many people may not be aware of. The liner never visited the port but was registered here and many of the crew were based in Merseyside. The loss of the ship and so many people on board therefore had tragic consequences for many families in the area. Read more…
5 January 2012 by stepheng
At this time I was a 19-year-old junior reporter staying in lodgings at Preston while taking a block release course in practical journalism.
We did not have access to a TV so listened to the news reports on the radio. The war was one of the shortest in history but created major disruption to shipping.
The Suez Canal was closed for eight years, forcing operators to change their routes and commercial strategies.
The canal, connecting the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea, opened in 1869 and slashed journey times between Europe, the East and Australasia.
The Six Day War and the 1973 Arab-Israeli conflict resulted in an Egyptian blockade of the canal and shipping lines assumed correctly it would remain closed for a very long time.
The huge bulk oil tanker Titan was one of many Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCCs) designed during this period when operators knew they could not use Suez. They were too big to go through the canal but their large size made them more cost-effective for travelling the extra distances.
Oil transportation was one of the most profitable shipping sectors at the time. When OPEC (the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries) quadrupled oil prices in 1973 it triggered a worldwide slump in shipping.
Titan was built in 1970 in Gothenburg, Sweden, and registered in Liverpool with the famous Blue Funnel Line (Ocean Steam Ship Company).
There is a superb six-foot long model of the 113,551- ton tanker on display in Merseyside Maritime Museum (pictured).
Titan only sailed under Blue Funnel colours for five years before being sold to Mobil Oil in 1975. Just seven years later she was sold for scrap in South Korea.
By 1982, when there were 577 VLCCs in the world, it was found that 326 of them including Titan were surplus to requirements.
Photographs show other VLCCs of the era including a deck view of BP tanker British Admiral about 1970. The main engine room of the British Mariner shows crew members dwarfed by enormous pipes and machinery.
Titan was the fourth and last Blue Funnel ship to bear that name. The first Titan was built in 1885 by Scott & Co of Greenock and broken up in 1902.
The second Titan, built in 1906, was torpedoed and sunk in 1940 by the German submarine U-47 with the loss of six lives.
The U-boat was commanded by Günther Prien, a notorious ace who sank more than 30 Allied ships including the veteran British battleship Royal Oak. Titan was the 18th vessel he sent to the bottom.
This is an edited version of the Maritime Tale that originally appeared in the Liverpool Echo.