Titanic: The Artefact Exhibition at the Museum of Victoria – Part 2

Today we are looking at the other parts of the ship and moving further down to the belly of the beast I guess you could say.

I don’t know why, but there weren’t a lot of artefacts from the second and third classes. They reconstructed a third-class cabin and had bits of information, but not much else. Let’s take a look.

As you can see there wasn’t a lot there. Maybe those places are too far down in the ship for them to be able to retrieve anything, I don’t know.

It was interesting that there were menus for the 2nd and 3rd classes but I couldn’t find one for first class. Maybe they didn’t have a choice.

There was quite a big part of the exhibition, or so it seems, that was for the Engine room. Maybe it wasn’t that big, but I got stuck in a bottleneck so I was there for quite some time. Let’s look at what they had.

They had an iceberg that you could touch and see what they felt like. It was very cold.

Did you see the size of the coal, I was really surprised with that. They did have lots of faces, but there were so many people and it was hard to get any photos of them all.

The signs were good and walking under those water-tight doors was really amazing. I can hear the sounds they made as they went down from the movie.

I have one more part for you, but we can look at that one in a couple of days. The last part is more about after the sinking.

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  1. Just a thought. Where you have the menus. I would have thought that the one in the middle that isn’t labeled with a class was the First Class menu, just from the items in it.

  2. The scale of the lump of coal was a surprise to me. It really must have been exceedingly hard physical work to keep shovelling coal for the engines. The engine rooms look very atmospheric and it must have been really cool to hear the sounds of those doors closing.

    Incidentally, I have a very tangential connection to the Titanic in that my relative, Gilbert Balfour, testified at the Senate inquiry into the tragedy. He was a Marconi operator on a ship that was receiving messages from Titanic. I vaguely recall that he may have had the final communication with Titanic but I could be misremembering that.

    1. I thought the same Laura, I couldn’t believe how big it was. I think it would have been a horrible job really, right down the bottom and never seeing daylight. They didn’t have the sounds, but I could hear the sounds from the movie in my head.

      I would take Laura, no need to qualify it, just say it is so. That is so cool.

  3. Thanks for sharing this information, Leanne, I can’t truly imagine the fear these people felt. Have a great week!

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