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Titanic now open at Great Yarmouth.
Titanic Honour & Glory will be docking at Time and Tide from April 1st through to September 24th 2017. This unique exhibition brings to life the history of the legendary Ocean Liner, the Royal Mail Steamer Titanic, an exhibition voted one of the top five exhibitions in the United Kingdom by The Times newspaper.
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Titanic Exhibition Opens in Chelmsford
Chelmsford Civic Society presents the Titanic Honour & Glory Exhibition which is open in Bond Street in Chelmsford, CM1 1GD on Thursday to Sunday from 10.30-16.00 running from April to June. Sean Smalc’s fascination with Titanic began at the age of five, when he saw the film 'A Night to Remember'. He has been amassing the awe-inspiring collection ever since. 'This diverse exhibition appeals to so many people from all age groups' Sean says. ‘With this exhibition we aim to increase the knowledge of Titanic's history and that of her sister ships and the White Star Line, which owned and operated many of the finest liners ever to sail the high seas. Every visitor will get a feeling of what it was like to have been aboard Titanic. The exhibition will take you on a genuine voyage of discovery’.
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Titanic Exhibition in Chelmsford
Chelmsford Civic Society are staging the touring Titanic Honour and Glory exhibition in Bond St Chelmsford, which gives a fascinating insight into this endlessly compelling story - the Titanic legend. Visitors will discover what life was like on board with beautiful replica artefacts.
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Facts

White Star began planning the Titanic in 1907. Titanic was launched on 31st May 1911 at the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast. The Titanic’s engines totaled 50,000 horsepower, but her builders believed she could have developed 55,000 horsepower if she had survived. The ship’s hull and superstructure contained 4,632,800 cubic feet (46,328 gross tons) of space.

On Wednesday 10th of April 1912, R.M.S. Titanic, the largest, most luxurious ocean liner of its time, set sail on her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York.

More than 2,200 passengers and crew were aboard the ship when she struck an iceberg in the calm waters off the Newfoundland Grand Banks.

Within two and a half hours, the liner that was once billed as ‘unsinkable’ went down only 705 people were saved.

Titanic Stewardess Violet Jessop served on all three Olympic class liners, Olympic Titanic and Britannic. Violet was fortunate enough to survive both the Titanic and later Britannic disasters. Violet spent 42 years at sea and is pictured in her V.A.D. uniform (Voluntary Aid Detachment) during World War 1, when she worked as a nurse on the Britannic.

White Star began planning the Titanic in 1907. Titanic was launched on 31st May 1911 at the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast. The Titanic’s engines totaled 50,000 horsepower, but her builders believed she could have developed 55,000 horsepower if she had survived.

In June 1996 at the age of 99, Edith Haisman took a cruise to the site of the Titanic's wreck and threw a rose into the Atlantic Ocean where her father had died 84 years earlier

In 2007, using DNA testing, an unknown child whose body had been recovered shortly after the incident, was identified as Sidney Leslie Goodwin, a nineteen-month-old boy from England. Goodwin, along with his parents and five siblings boarded in Southampton as third-class passengers.

The Titanic disaster ranks as one of the worst peacetime maritime disasters in history and by far the best known.

There are two survivors of the Titanic still living although neither has actual memories of the sinking.

There was a true love story on the Titanic, although slightly different from the James Cameron movie, there was a necklace given to Kate Louise Philips by her lover Henry Samuel Morley. Traveling under assumed names.

A first class (parlour suite) ticket on Titanic cost $4,350. This translates to approx. $90,000 USD, £45,000 GBP.

In 2002 Titanic Honour & Glory was established and began its national tour of the United Kingdom.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why was the name Titanic Honour & Glory chosen for the touring exhibition?

As we are a Titanic exhibition honouring the passengers and crew who sailed on board her and remembering the glory of the ship, as she was the largest, most luxurious, technologically advanced liner of her time.

Was it claimed that Titanic was unsinkable?

The respected engineering journal 'The Shipbuilder' stated in its 1911 edition that "the captain can, by simply moving an electric switch close the watertight doors throughout and make the vessel practically unsinkable". The flaw in this was that the watertight bulkheads did not go right up to the main deck and also the ship could not remain afloat with more than five watertight compartments flooded.

Why didn't the lookouts see the iceberg in time?

The two lookouts in the crow's nest should have been issued with binoculars but these were not made available on the night. The sea was flat calm meaning that there was no wave wash at the base of the iceberg, which would have made it more visible on that clear moonless night.

Was the fourth funnel necessary?

The first three funnels were used to expel smoke and steam from the ship's boilers and engines. The fourth funnel was used for ventilation of the engine room. It was also felt that emigrants would be impressed by the size of the ship and they would be more likely to book a passage on a "four stacker".

Were there any ships closer to Titanic than the Carpathia?

Many vessels heard the SOS transmitted by the ship's powerful wireless set. Even Olympic picked up the message but Carpathia was much closer and made a full steam ahead dash to Titanic's position arriving two hours too late. Most controversy surrounds the steamship Californian which was stopped in the ice relatively close to Titanic. Regulations did not require ships to have 24 hour manning of their wireless and Californian's set had been switched off just minutes before the collision and first SOS call. Crew of the Californian reported seeing a large ship in the distance firing off rockets until it disappeared around 2.00am. This was interpreted as the ship sailing away and the rockets as company signals to other ships. The Californian's master, Captain Lord, was blamed for not going to Titanic's rescue but even recent investigations by the Marine Accident Bureau were inconclusive, as to whether Californian was as close to Titanic as was believed in 1912.

Why did it take so long for Titanic to turn away from the iceberg?

There were several factors leading to the seeming delay from the time when the lookouts spotted the berg and the ship started to turn. The ship's rudder for all its ten-storey height was quite small relative to Titanic's great length. The officer on the Bridge ordered engines reversed which had the effect of slowing the ship thereby slowing the water flow past the rudder and slowing the rate of turn. It is possible that had the engines not been reversed Titanic might just have slipped past the iceberg without harm.

How many were lost and saved according to Class?

It is now believed that there were 2,228 people on board with a total of 1,523 lives lost. Of the 705 persons saved, a higher proportion of 1st class men were rescued than 3rd class children, a statistic that shocked the public who had believed the dictum "women and children first".

 
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