07 April 2012
On the 15th April 1912 the unsinkable RMS Titanic sank in the North Atlantic Ocean with the loss of 1517 lives. The story of the Titanic has been a source of fascination ever since. We look at the State Rooms in miniature which have been modelled on the blockbuster film 'Titanic' for inspiration. ...
The RMS Titanic was the largest passenger steamship at the time of her maiden voyage. As well as her size, she also laid claim to some of the most advanced technologies and safety features. Owned by the White Star Line, she was the flagship of the fleet, and promised great advances in speed and comfort for the trans-Atlantic journey form England to New York.
On the 10th April 1912, RMS Titanic set sail from Southampton with 2223 people on board and Captain Edward John Smith at the helm. Luxury and elegance were the main focus of the features on the ship, with ornate wood panelling and expensive furniture for the first-class passengers. Even 3rd class passengers had the luxury of pine panelling, sturdy teak furniture, and facilities that were probably much better than steerage on any other ship at the time. There were electric lights throughout the ship, three electric lifts and two Marconi radios.
On the 4th day at sea, the Titanic hit an iceberg in the North Atlantic Ocean at 11.40 p.m. The crew tried desperately to steer clear of the iceberg, but instead of hitting it head on, which many people believe now would have not sunk the ship, she was instead gashed fatally right along one side. It took just under 3 hours for the ship to sink. At 2.20 a.m. on the 15th April 1912, she sank resulting in the deaths of 1517 people.
The 706 survivors were loaded into lifeboats, which as we now know were not filled to capacity, and the majority of those who died froze to death in the freezing water of the North Atlantic. The wreak of the doomed ship was discovered in 1985 and almost 6000 artifacts have since been recovered from the site.
The fate of the Titanic continues to fascinate and horrify us today, even 100 years later.
Conny Dungen marks the anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic with her amazing room box scenes using the blockbuster film 'Titanic' for inspiration. Here are two of the famous rooms, the Dining Salon and the Rose Suite.
First Class Dining Salon
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