Posts tagged with 'titanic'
Liverpool liner SS Ceramic sunk on 6 December 1942.
At first families back home in Liverpool were oblivious to the horror that had befallen their loved ones.
On November 23 1942 my grandmother watched from Crosby beach as Liverpool liner SS Ceramic left the River Mersey. Her husband Fred was aboard working as a steward. Clutching her three-month-old baby, Annie Felton waved the ship off, unaware that this would be the very final farewell.
The 18,400 ton Ceramic was launched in 1912 by Harland and Wolff in Belfast. She was the first ship built by White Star Line after Titanic and spent her years sailing the Liverpool to Australia route. Read more…
16 November 2012 by Sam
Emma Walmsley, education demonstrator at Merseyside Maritime Museum, has news of a rare opportunity to find out more about the mysterious Titanic:
A real treat for Titanic fans – on Saturday 1 December at the Maritime Museum we’re really lucky to have Sean O’Connell talking about his experience of actually diving to the wreck! He will have images of his adventure to share with people and there will also be a chance to ask him questions about his once-in-a-lifetime trip. Read more…
12 October 2012 by Rebecca
There are still events happening for the centenary year of Titanic’s sinking for people who are interested in the tragic tale of the ship. Ian Murphy, Deputy Director of Merseyside Maritime Museum is speaking at the Titanic Talks event organised by the Institute of Irish Studies at the University of Liverpool at 6pm on 16 October along with Dr John Foster of Queen’s University, Belfast. Read more…
8 August 2012 by Rebecca
Curator Rebecca Watkin shows one of Henry Wilde’s letters to press photographers
There was a hive of activity last week in the Titanic & Liverpool: the untold story exhibition as we were busy installing a new display of personal items relating to Henry Wilde.
Henry Wilde was a senior officer on Titanic and the museum was honoured when the opportunity to display these never seen before items came to light.
Henry Wilde lived in Walton, Liverpool and worked for White Star for most of his career Read more…
29 June 2012 by Rebecca
Copyright Keri Spellman
The group were developing a series of plays about Titanic and Liverpool, and the Maritime History department were approached by their artistic director -acclaimed Liverpool playwright Chris Fittock. We provided support for the group including a Titanic presentation for these budding new writers, drawing upon the themes from our exhibition Titanic & Liverpool: the untold story. Read more…
31 May 2012 by Rebecca
Dawn Littler, Ellen Jones and Ian Murphy pictured in the maritime archives
We had a special visitor at the Maritime Museum yesterday. 91 year old Ellen Jones is the daughter of Titanic crewman Thomas Jones. She came in to the Merseyside Maritime Museum to see our exhibition Titanic and Liverpool: the untold story and look at a postcard in the Maritime Archives collection sent by her father to her mother Clara.
Able seaman Thomas Jones was born in Anglesey and was living in Liverpool when he signed on for Titanic’s maiden voyage. He was put in charge of lifeboat number 8 which had been ordered away carrying only 27 people, as other passengers had chosen to remain on Titanic believing it would not sink. Jones and a few others in the boat wanted to return to pick up other survivors, but they were overruled by the rest of the people in boat number 8. Read more…
20 April 2012 by Rebecca
Walking to the office this morning there is already a sense of anticipation and excitement for the Sea Odyssey event which starts today until Sunday. I saw the diver puppet half submerged in Salthouse Dock.
The event was inspired by May McMurray’s letter which is part of the Merseyside Maritime Museum archives and library collection. May wrote a letter to her father William McMurray and sadly he never received it. It was returned to the family unread. The letter is currently on display in the Titanic and Liverpool: the untold story exhibition. Read more…
17 April 2012 by Lucy
This Saturday and Sunday, we’re hosting a poignant tribute to the brave Titanic Orchestra, who courageously played as the Titanic sank on 15 April 1912.
Local string quartets are invited to take part in the Titanic Playathon which is aimed at sustaining constant live music throughout opening hours at the Museum. Read more…
17 April 2012 by Rebecca
Copyright Keri Spellman
Over the weekend I met with Theatre in the Rough at the Merseyside Maritime Museum who are a charity which promote new writing for the stage by young people aged 13-25 from across Greater Merseyside.
This year the group are developing a series of plays about Titanic and Liverpool, the maritime history department were approached by acclaimed Liverpool playwright Chris Fittock who is artistic director for Theatre in the Rough. We provided a Titanic presentation for these budding new writers, drawing upon the themes from the new exhibition Titanic & Liverpool: the untold story at the Merseyside Maritime Museum. Read more…
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…