Wednesday, 3 February 2010
Titanic: The Artefact Exhibition, which has been seen by more than 22 million people worldwide, is currently taking place in the Citywest Event Centre, Citywest Dublin and runs until June. This specially designed exhibition focuses on the legendary RMS Titanic's compelling human stories as best told through extensive room re-creation and more than 300 authentic artefacts recovered from Titanic's wreck site. A top hat, a gentleman's spectacles, the Titanic Bell, the steering wheel stand, the officers window, china from all three classes, a telegraph base, the perfume of Saafeld and a piece of Titanic's hull .these and many other objects offer haunting, emotional connections to lives abruptly ended or forever altered.
What was it like to meet Rory Golden, one of the drivers that recovered some of the items that were on display at the exhibit?
It was so amazing to see Rory Golden one of the divers. He showed us around and told us stories about the dive. They had to use the submarine to get to the Titanic. It took two hours to get to the bottom where the Titanic was.
Rory was the first person to touch the steering wheel after the captain of the Titanic.
The pressure of the water down where the titanic is was really strong. Rory said it was like 20 elephants standing on your head.
There was no toilet on board the submarine so you had to be careful about what you ate the night before the dive.
The submarine had robot arms to pick up the items.
I believe you get a boarding pass as you enter with details of a real passenger, who did you get?
I got a boarding pass for Colonel John Weir. He was 60 and was from Dundee Scotland he was travelling alone. He used to be a Colonel in the Spanish American War. He left Cherbourg on the titanic. He was travelling to Utah for business. He was saved.
First of all he was to travel on the Philadelphia ship but he was switched to the Titanic because of the coal strike. And this happened to a lot of the passengers.
What were your favourite parts of the exhibit? Did one thing he showed you stand out in your mind?
My favourite part of the exhibit was the cold iceberg. It showed the ice that was over the water. There were handprints in the iceberg from people touching it. Children would love it.
The bell from the front of the ship. Frederick Fleet was a lookout on the ship. He was watching for icebergs or other ships. When he saw the iceberg he banged the bell three times to warn the captain. They recovered the bell from the sea.
What surprised you the most?
They had a display of perfume that they found on one of Rory's dives and the perfume was in tiny bottles which saved it so when they opened it after the dive they got this most amazing smell. They have it displayed in a cabinet in the exhibit and you can put your nose up to it and you could get smell of roses from it. It was great.
The submarine surprised me as well because I thought he dived down in a wet suit.
What was the feeling like in the exhibit?
I felt it was like a real passenger on the Titanic ship and with the music and noise of the engine that was all around us walking through.
Overall what was the exhibit like?
Very well laid out and it was a great experience for me.
Would you recommend that people go along?
I would yes
Titanic: The Artefact Exhibition' will take place at Citywest Event Centre until 30th June 2010 and is open from 10am to 8pm Monday to Sunday.
Tickets are available from www.titanicdublin.com or ticketmaster ticket line 0818 719300, Box Office 01 4010505 or tickets are also available at the door
Tickets are priced at €18.00 for Adults, €14.00 for Students and seniors aged 65 and over, and €12.00 for children.
Children under four years of age go free and group and family rates are available. Audio tours are highly recommended at €4 for both adults and children.
City west Hotel is offering a special 1 Night Bed & Breakfast rate for 2 Adults and 2 Children plus a family Pass to Titanic: The Artefact Exhibition at €158.
Info on Diver Rory Golden:
Rory Golden fulfilled a lifelong ambition when he became the first Irish diver to visit the wreck of the world's most famous shipwreck, the RMS TITANIC, in the summer of 2000. He was part of an official salvage expedition that raised hundreds of new artefacts from nearly 4,000 metres depth below the Atlantic Ocean.
In August of 2005, he made a repeat visit, bringing memorial plaques from Belfast to place on the bridge of the ship, alongside one he had left from Cobh in August 2000. His dives took place in one of two Russian MIR submersibles, from the Russian Academy of Sciences research vessel, "Akademik Mstislav Keldysh". These mini submarines have a life support pressure hull of only 2 metres diameter for three persons, and an operating depth of 6,000 metres. More people have been to outer space then the depths of the ocean that he has been.
. Construction of Titanic started on March 22, 1909.
. At 840 feet long and 228 feet high, it was the largest scaffolding in the world.
. Titanic left Southampton on 10th April 1912.
. On the 14th of April 1912, an iceberg punctured 250 feet of the hull.
. 3hrs hours later the largest moving object the world had ever seen would slip under the surface of the sea and disappear.
. Captain John Smith was to retire after this voyage.
. The Titanic sank somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean, south of Newfoundland, Canada.
. There were 2228 people on board of the Titanic, 337 in first class, 285 second class, 721 in third class and 885 crew members.
. Only about 700 survived.
. Cork Harbour was the last port of call of RMS Titanic.