It has been a hundred years since the headline read “Titanic Sinks: 1200-1500 Dead”. This is the headline of the special edition Atlantic Station passed out by paper boys on April 14, 2012, exactly one hundred years after the date of this tragedy.
The word Titanic conjures many things, but one thing for sure most associate it with the sinking of this famous ship. Movies, books, and stories have added to the mystic of this event that happen at 2:00 AM on April 15, 1912 in latitude 41.16 north and longitude 50.14 west.
Now for a short period of time, there is an extraordinary opportunity to not only commemorate but experience part of this historic event. At Atlantic Station presents the exhibit: Titanic: The Artifacts Exhibition, where several never before seen objects are on display.
I must admit, it is a bit creepy to view things that were essentially several miles on the ocean floor for seventy-three years in what is a grave site. However, it is fascinating to view these items up close.
As you walk in, you will get a commemorative photo that you can purchase at the gift shop picturing you before the RMS Titanic grand stair case. You also get a card with a name and details that you can match up at the end, to see if your passenger survived. My card was from twenty-eight year old John Bourke who was from Carrowkehine, Ireland, and he did not make it.
There are small items like personal effects, jewelry, money, and books. Some notes are of corresponds from the passengers on the ship. There are also cups, door knobs, and stained glass. A replica of the steam room has actual coal that was found at the wreckage. The ship needed one pound of coal for every two feet of movement. The voyage needed six thousand tons of coal, and burned eight hundred and fifty tons a day.
It was not cheap to travel on the RMS Titanic. In today’s dollars, for first class it ran $4,500 dollars ($103,000 today) per person, and third class $40 ( $900 today), where you shared with four other people.
At 11:38 PM, the ship hit the iceberg for a little over two minutes. First class passenger George A Harder said it was “just a dull thump”. The water was a chilly twenty-eight degrees, and most passengers died of hypothermia.
The exhibit has an iceberg mock-up where you can touch the cool surface. There is also a 3D video of the crash site, as well as a model of the crash site. The coolest item is the D-deck door that is on display.
It is sad that the Titanic is deteriorating on the bottom of the ocean, and this exhibit does help preserve some artifacts of a moment that forever changed ocean travel.
Discover the compelling stories told through authentic artifacts and re-creation of the RMS Titanic interior. For details about Titanic: The Artifacts Exhibition visit: www.TitanicAtlanta.com, call 1-866-866-8265, or visit www.ticketmaster.com
For a short video tour of the Atlanta Titanic: The Artifacts Exhibition visit: http://youtu.be/GRziXXBUCww