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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…

December’s winning caption

23 December 2009 by Karen

Two seagulls sitting on top of a building.

“Going out with an albatross? Get your hearing tested! I said I was going down to Albert Dock”

The winner of this month’s caption competition, and the new owner of a signed copy of Alan Scarth’s ‘Titanic and Liverpool’ book, is Rob Pendragon with his entry, “Going out with an albatross? Get your hearing tested! I said I was going down to Albert Dock”. Well done to Rob. 

You can see all of the other entries on the original post.

December’s caption competition

9 December 2009 by Karen

Two gulls on top of a building

This month’s image is of two gulls sitting atop the Museum of Liverpool. All you have to do is come up with a suitably amusing caption and post your suggestion as a comment on this blog post. You can see a larger version of the photo in our Museum of Liverpool Flickr set.

The photo was taken by builds operations manager, Martin Hemmings, and was originally labelled ‘What’s a nice gull like you doing in a place like this?’, so avoid anything similar if you want a chance of winning the prize which is a signed copy of Alan Scarth’s rather excellent new book, ‘Titanic and Liverpool’. More on the book on the Daily Post blog. Read more…

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