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Titanic ship plan revealed for the first time

Published: 26 May 2011

National Museums Northern Ireland released more details today on the major new TITANICa exhibition opening at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum next week.

Titanic ship plansTITANICa: The Exhibition will open at the world-class Transport Museum on Tuesday May 31 to mark the centenary of Titanic's launch.  It will sit alongside TITANICa: The People’s Story at the Folk Museum.

A magnificent 20ft long plan capturing last minute design changes to Titanic will be going on show for the first time anywhere in the world.

The plan captures the very birth of Titanic and has a significance which could never have been foreseen by the draughtsmen working at the Harland & Wolff shipyard a century ago.

Meticulously drawn and annotated, it offers a unique opportunity to glimpse something of the world in which Titanic was built and the people who built and sailed on her.

William Blair, Head of Human History at National Museums Northern Ireland, said: “The hand-written adjustments to this fabulous artefact bring alive the conversations and discussions which would have taken place among the people who designed and built Titanic.

“It provides a wonderfully fresh perspective of the care and attention by Harland & Wolff workers to Titanic’s construction.”

TITANICa: The Exhibition features more than 500 objects including never-before-seen artefacts from the Titanic wreck site. It is the first time items from the lost ship have gone on display in Northern Ireland. 

Additional information:

  • TITANICa: The Exhibition contains over 500 artefacts and provides the first ever opportunity to see collections from the recently acquired White Star Line collection and RMS Titanic.
  • TITANICa: The Exhibition has been curated by William Blair, Head of Human History for National Museums Northern Ireland.
  • About RMS Titanic, Inc./Premier Exhibitions Inc.Premier Exhibitions, Inc’s  (NASDAQ: PRXI) wholly-owned subsidiary RMS Titanic, Inc., is the only company permitted by law to recover objects from the wreck of Titanic. The Company has conducted seven research and recovery expeditions to Titanic recovering more than 5,500 artifacts. The Company recently completed its eighth dive to the wreck in the summer of 2010 to collect scientific data and visuals on Titanic’s condition.  These artefacts are toured worldwide in Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition. www.prxi.com

Below is the list of never before seen artefacts on loan to National Museums Northern Ireland from RMS Titanic/Premier Exhibitions.

  • Soup Bowl, First Class Restaurant 

This soup bowl was produced by Royal Crown Derby probably for the first-class à la carte Restaurant.  The service was ordered through Stonier and Co., Liverpool.  Although the original decoration has been lost, the ghosting on the surface shows a delicate swag pattern associated with the a la carte Restaurant.

  • Soup Plate, Third Class Dining Room Service

The third-class service represented by this soup bowl was sturdy, white earthenware with the red White Star Line logo applied to the surface.

  • Hand Mirror ‘Royal Ivoire France’

This is one of several hand mirrors produced by “Royale Ivoire France.”  The handle and backing are made of an early form of plastic created as a faux ivory which allowed for mass production.  

  • Dish, First Class Dining

This is one of several first-class glass serving dishes.  Reminiscent of a ribbed shell, this candy or condiment dish has a modern appeal.  The White Star Line logo is etched into the glass at the apex of the dish.

  • First Class cup

The First Class Dining Saloon used a table service with an elaborate gold and turquoise design.  This cup still retains some of the gold decoration while the colours have disappeared.

  • Demitasse cup Café Parisien

This demitasse cup decorated with one of Spode’s famous cobalt blue designs is thought to have been used in the exclusive Café Parisien, adjacent to the à la carte Restaurant.  The gold Greek key pattern within a cobalt field at the rim provides a striking pattern.

  • Sub Flooring from Grand Staircase

“Litosilo”, a magnesite composition, was used in Titanic’s construction as a subflooring on dry, enclosed spaces such as cabins and hallways.  The cement was poured in two layers with the pink layer uppermost.  Decorative tiles could then be attached to the flooring.  This example probably came from an area near the after stair case.

More information about Premier Exhibitions

  • Premier Exhibitions is a private company based in Atlanta, America.  It has conducted seven research and recovery expeditions to the wreck of the Titanic recovering more than 5,500 artefacts.
  • As salvor-in-possession of the ship, Premier Exhibition’s goal is to preserve and display these objects in memory of those who perished with the Titanic.
  • Titanic lies about 400 nautical miles southeast of Newfoundland in 12,500 feet of water. It was discovered on September 1 1985 by a team of scientists led by Captain Jean Louis Michel of IFREMER (Institut francais de recherché pour l’exploitation de la mer) and Dr Robert Ballard, then of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
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