100th Anniversary Titanic Memorabilia
On the 15th April 2012 the 100 year anniversary will arrive of the day that the iconic steamship RMS Titanic met its untimely end in the North Atlantic Sea after colliding with an iceberg during its’ first voyage. Titanic’s intended destination of the Port of New York was never reached as in excess of 1500 people died as the ship plunged nearly two miles to the bottom of the ocean. A kind of romance has surrounded the story of the Titanic ever since, inspiring many books and two notable films, amongst many others, in the 1958 production ‘A Night To Remember’ and the award winning 1997 ‘Titanic’ which was one of the most expensive films ever made. We have many items of Titanic Memorabilia for you to keep as a memento of this sad day.
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Built to rival Cunard’s sophisticated ‘Mauretania’ and ‘Lusitania’, the former having posted a record speed for crossing the Atlantic in 1907, the Titanic was the pride of the White Star Shipping Line. Work began on the construction of Titanic at the Harland & Wolff shipyard in Belfast in March 2009 and did not finish until the completion of its’ hull in May 1911. Over 100,000 people watched as the mammoth hull was lowered into the River Lagan and moved to a specially constructed area for the process of fitting the decks, interiors and boilers. Titanic Memorabilia has models of this fine piece of craftsmanship.
As history would reveal, however, there was a major flaw in the design of the watertight bulkheads that ultimately constituted the reason for the demise of this ‘unsinkable’ ship. Although the watertight doors were a contemporary feature of the Titanic’s design, they allowed water to overflow between them, and it was this factor which caused the rapid sinking of the vessel. There was also criticism of the number of lifeboats carried by the ship. Despite carrying 20 lifeboats on board which comfortably exceeded the periods’ safety regulations, there was only emergency seating space for a third of the boats’ capacity. This, amalgamated with the rapid sinking time of the vessel gave very little hope to the unfortunate passengers on board.
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The Titanic set out on its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York on April 10th 1912 with a passenger list of celebrities and wealthy industrialists. Having overcome an unexpected fire breaking out in one of its bunkers, and then almost colliding with another ship, the S.S. New York, on leaving the dock, Titanic finally set sail on its ill fated journey. On April 14th at approximately 11.30 p.m., the iceberg was spotted by a lookout and warning bells were sounded. Although every effort was made to avoid a collision, the ship could not be turned fast enough and the iceberg was caught down the side of the boat. What was not realised at the time was that the iceberg had left a huge gash in the ship’s hull and water had already started to fill it. Guessing that the ship had approximately 2 hours left afloat, a chaotic evacuation process began which saw many of its lifeboats leave under capacity. The ship finally disappeared beneath the murky depths at 2.20 a.m. on April 15th.
Cunard lines’ ‘Carpathia’ had received a distress call at around midnight and arrived at the scene in the early afternoon to find just over 700 survivors. Many theories and assumptions have been made in the years since the tragedy. The moral, however, is that the overconfidence of the ships creators has led modern day society to not take nature for granted. Check out our online shop to order your own piece of Titanic memorabilia.