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In the Mersey

24 October 2011 by Rebecca

Liverpool port scene

In the Mersey

As Curator of Maritime Collections (ship models and paintings) I look after an impressive paintings collection which reflects Liverpool’s influential and thriving maritime history.
I am currently working on the content for next year’s exhibition Titanic and Liverpool: the untold story. One of the themes will be ‘Home port’ which highlights Liverpool as the shipping capital of the World.
One of the objects on display for the exhibition will be Max Sinclair’s ‘In the Mersey’ which reflects Liverpool at the height of its influence as a port in 1889. The subtle Titanic link in this painting is the ‘City of New York’ liner depicted near the Liverpool landing stage.
As Titanic began her maiden voyage, the City of New York ship which was docked at Southampton at the time broke her moorings and almost collided with Titanic. This was caused by the huge suction created when Titanic left the dock.
The ‘City of New York’ was described as the fastest and largest ship during her career as a three-funnelled passenger liner.
‘In the Mersey’ is currently on display in the Art and the Sea gallery.
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Send us your untold Titanic stories

8 June 2011 by Sam

detail of ship model with 'Titanic Liverpool'

Titanic was a Liverpool registered ship, as you can see in this detail of the museum’s Titanic model

Next year to mark the 100th anniversary of RMS Titanic’s sinking, Merseyside Maritime Museum will host a special exhibition exploring the ship through the lives of the Liverpool people at the heart of her tragic story. Titanic and Liverpool: the untold story will open in March 2012.

The exhibition will feature a lot of previously unseen material from our archives. Curator of maritime history Ian Murphy would also like to hear from you if you have any local stories about the Titanic to add; Read more…

Titanic launch anniversary

31 May 2011 by Karen

Model of a ship in a glass case in a museum

The model of the Titanic at Merseyside Maritime Museum. Image courtesy of Liverpool Daily Post & Echo.

April 1912 is the date most people usually associate with Titanic; whether it’s her leaving Belfast on 2 April, the start of her maiden voyage on 10 April, or her sinking on 15 April.

However, 31 May 1911 is also an important day on the Titanic calendar as it was the day on which the ship was launched. One hundred years ago today she slipped down the greased no. 3 slipway into Belfast waters, before being moved into dry dock for fitting-out.

It must have been a momentous day for everyone associated with the shipyard. Tickets were distributed for the 12.15pm event and a grandstand was erected for spectators. The spectacle was witnessed by over 100,000 people which must have been a sight in itself. Read more…

Titanic sinking, 99th anniversary

11 April 2011 by Sarah Starkey

Postcard of Titanic being held in front of model of Titanic

Postcard of Titanic showing Lady Duff Gordon’s lifeboat(PR.548)

Thursday is the 99th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, not an anniversary that is usually celebrated, but a good day to get a bit of press attention for the new temporary exhibition at the Maritime Museum scheduled for the 100th anniversary in 2012.  So this morning I was carefully posing with some of the Titanic related items held by the Maritime Archives & Library, beside the builders’ model of the ship in the Disasters At Sea gallery.  This postcard of the Titanic is marked where Lady Duff Gordon, her husband, and her maid, Linda Francatelli, boarded the lifeboat that saved them. Linda Francatelli’s apron, worn on that night, is already on display.  The new exhibition will highlight the connections between Liverpool and Titanic.  From the fact that the vessel was registered here (we hold the registration certificate), to the stories of the many Merseyside based people involved in the design, commissioning and staffing of the Titanic and the tragedy of the sinking.  It will also give us an opportunity to display some of our more fragile material that we couldn’t put into a permanent gallery. Read more…

The untold story of Titanic and Liverpool

8 November 2010 by Sam

detail of ship model showing the name 'Titanic Liverpool'

On ‘Inside Out’ on BBC1 in the North West at 7.30 this evening you can see an interview with Maritime Museum curator and Titanic expert Dr Alan Scarth. He’ll be talking about the Titanic’s connections with Liverpool – a subject that he researched recently for his book ‘Titanic and Liverpool’ – currently available from our online bookshop. He told us a bit more about it below.

Update 9/11/10: If you missed ‘Inside Out’ last night you can watch it online for the next week on the BBC iPlayer.
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Justicia justice

31 August 2010 by Stephen

At=rchivbe photo of the Lusitania at the Liverpool landing stage

I came across this story while reading about the conflict at sea during the First World War and was filled with gloom.

This liner seemed to have been earmarked for destruction from the start and was sunk even when under the protection of warships. Her brief life had been blighted by the misfortunes of other great ships.

The 32,234-ton Justicia was built for the Dutch Holland America Line at Belfast’s famous Harland & Wolff shipyard and launched just weeks before war broke out. Read more…

Titanic rescue

2 August 2010 by Stephen

old fashioned life jacket

A lifejacket worn by one of the survivors of the Titanic

Looking at things worn on the night of the Titanic disaster sends a shiver down my spine.

The lifejacket (pictured) on display at Merseyside Maritime Museum is particularly evocative when you think what scenes the person wearing it must have witnessed.

There is also the chilling thought that upon entering the icy water you would have floated for a time before dying of cold.

It started out as a routine voyage between New York and the Adriatic and ended as one of the greatest rescues in the history of the sea. Read more…

Iceberg Charly

21 June 2010 by Stephen

Brass bugle in museum display

White Star bugle on display in the Maritime Museum. Image courtesy of the Liverpool Daily Post and Echo.

I remember my brother’s bugle – a bright brassy one he used in the Scouts – but until recently I never knew they blew one on the Titanic.

It was with trepidation that I pursed my lips and gave the instrument a quick blast and the noise that came out almost deafened me.

Titanic had strong links with Liverpool but never visited her home port – by 1912 the White Star Line had switched its transatlantic liners to Southampton.

The organisation of her maiden voyage, including choosing the officers, was supervised by Charles Bartlett, the shipping line’s marine superintendent based in Liverpool.

Ironically he was known as Iceberg Charly because of his skill in smelling ice or sensing when there were dangerous bergs in the vicinity. Read more…

Survival rates show chivalry on the Titanic

2 March 2010 by Sam

old fashioned maid's apron

Titanic survivor’s apron

A fascinating article in the New Scientist, Women and children first? How long have you got? compares the sinking of two famous ships, the Titanic and Lusitania.

The Lusitania was torpedoed and sank within minutes, meaning that only the strongest and fittest had a chance of survival.

The sinking of the Titanic on the other hand took 2 hours and 40 minutes. This made a huge difference in the survivor profiles, as in a less panic-stricken evacuation the women and children were given priority in the lifeboats. Read more…

Titanic days

8 February 2010 by Stephen

large ship model

The model of the Titanic at Meresyside Maritime Museum. Image courtesy of the Liverpool Daily Post & Echo.

I think the best film about the Titanic disaster is ‘A Night to Remember’ which I first saw in a Liverpool cinema shortly after its release in 1958.

It depicts the ship’s baker, Charles Joughin, who drinks a lot of whisky to help him survive in the icy sea. My aunt revealed that he had lived near her in Grasmere Street, Liverpool, but left his family and went to live in America after the disaster.

When the film was made survivors were still around and some advised the film makers including the Titanic’s fourth officer Joseph Boxhall. Read more…

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