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The letter that never reached the Titanic

24 January 2012 by Sam

hand written letter

Detail of May Louise McMurray’s poignant letter

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…

A Liverpool Ship

24 November 2011 by Rebecca

Ship plan from The shipbuilder brochure

Ship plan from The Shipbuilder brochure. Copyright IMarEst

This week I am working on the content for the Titanic and Liverpool:the untold story exhibition which opens March 2012. I am mainly focusing on an interactive touch screen which will allow visitors to explore the layout of Titanic. In the Merseyside Maritime Museum archives and library collection is The White Star- Olympic and Titanic summer brochure of 1911, which was published by The Shipbuilder. This edition features many illustrations for both vessels including a very detailed plan of the ships. I am always taken back by the variety of cabins designed and fitted out. The technical detail of the plans is very impressive. The leisure facilities available such as a library, gym, sauna and swimming pool, which were only available for first class passengers. Read more…

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.
Bye for now. Read more…

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…

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