Back to the Days of Ti­tanic

仿佛在泰坦尼克号上

Special Focus - - Contents - Xiang Jiu 湘玖

Ti­tanic , fa­mil­iar to global au­di­ences, is a film of world fame which por­trays the bit­ter­sweet love of Jack Daw­son and Rose De­Witt Bukater that has in­spired mil­lions of peo­ple. Re­cently, Ti­tanic: The Ar­ti­fact

Ex­hi­bi­tion , co- hosted by Wuhan Hangu Art Gallery and Amer­i­can Pulier Ex­hi­bi­tion Com­pany, has been kicked off. The 4,000- square- me­ter ex­hi­bi­tion hall fea­tures over 300 items from Ti­tanic, and for lo­cals, it has given new life to the mem­ory.

Today, th­ese ar­ti­facts and re­mains re­mind us of the glam­our and glory of the le­gendary Ti­tanic’s maiden voy­age, from its de­par­ture to its in­evitable wreck.

The bronze bell, hung over its con­ning tower on the fore­mast, was used for warn­ings and time keep­ing. On the night of April 14, 1912, the look­out Fred­er­ick Fleet rang this bell three times, warn­ing an ice­berg straight ahead. And so be­gan the fate­ful sink­ing of the Ti­tanic.

Ti­tanic’s grand stair­case was one of its most spec­tac­u­lar fea­tures. Sit­u­ated at the for­ward end of the ship, it was topped by a dome of iron and stained glass, which al­lowed the light to pen­e­trate the first bal­cony where an elab­o­rate panel fea­tur­ing the fig­ures of Honor and Glory Crown­ing Time was carved. The

Pro­file: RMS Ti­tanic, an Olympic-class ocean liner, was the world’s largest ship afloat at the time. Deemed “prac­ti­cally un­sink­able” by the White Star Line and its builders, RMS Ti­tanic, in its maiden voy­age, col­lided with an ice­berg in the North At­lantic at 11:40 pm on the night of April 14, 1912; at 2:20 am on April 15, the ship was split in two and sank into the At­lantic Ocean. There were an es­ti­mated 2224 pas­sen­gers and crew mem­bers aboard, and more than 1500 died, mak­ing it one of the dead­li­est peace­time mar­itime dis­as­ters in modern history. ( Pho­tos: Zeng Pengling; Hangu Art Gallery) stair­case’s grace­ful iron balustrades were dec­o­rated with bronze flow­ers with two bronze cherubs greet­ing the guests at the deck. The stair­case was the main cor­ri­dor link­ing all five lev­els, end­ing it­self at the VIP Re­cep­tion and Din­ing ar­eas.

Ti­tanic de­parted from Eng­land, car­ry­ing 6,000 tons of coal which pro­vided power for nav­i­ga­tion, elec­tric­ity gen­er­a­tion, heat­ing, and cook­ing. There were 159 vast boil­ers on the ship, which con­sumed up to 850 tons of coal per day. Ti­tanic con­sumed 1.5 kilo­grams of coal for ev­ery me­ter trav­elled. In other words, a 30 kilo­grams lump could move the ship through the wa­ter about 20 me­ters, or for about 1.5 sec­onds, at full speed.

As pas­sen­gers boarded the lifeboats, Ti­tanic’s Chief Purser, Her­bert McElroy, mus­tered the ship’s band on the boat deck, de­mand­ing them to play to calm the pas­sen­gers. As each boat was loaded and launched, the band played many lively tunes. Since the band mem­bers were pri­vately con­tracted, they were nei­ther called upon as crew to man the lifeboat nor could they escape as pas­sen­gers. After the lifeboats were gone, Wal­lace Hart­ley, the band leader, lifted his bow for a fi­nal tune: “Nearer, My God, to Thee.” Trag­i­cally, none of the Ti­tanic mu­si­cians sur­vived.

In ad­di­tion, a large num­ber of per­sonal be­long­ings, such as ex­quis­ite jew­elry, dic­tio­nar­ies, scarves, etc., were dis­cov­ered at the bot­tom of the sea.

Re­pro­duc­tion of the grand stair­case 据船体设计,所仿大楼梯

Fine 14-karat gold stick pin with a fox head 14克拉黄金制作的狐狸头金针,工艺精巧

The crow’s nest bell 桅杆挂钟

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