Belfast, Southampton and New York: Discover the stories of the Titanic online

| 13 April 2012
An image of an illustration of a cruise ship sinking as its passengers struggle to escape
Willy Stöwer's vision of the Titanic sinking, from 1912
Whether it's the dockyards of Belfast or the mementoes left behind by voyagers, the tale of the Titanic will yield a million stories in its wake this weekend as venues across the UK and beyond mark the centenary of its sinking on April 15.

If you're not heading to Dundee's Discovery Point, Southampton's gleaming new SeaCity Museum or anywhere in between, there are also some excellent online exhibitions where you can get some captivating insights into RMS Titanic. Here are a few...


The Shipyard

You may not be familiar with the Oceanic Steam Navigation Company, but you’ve probably heard of the White Star Line – the more commonly-accepted name of the people who commissioned the ship.

Visit the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum's Titanic Photographic Archive for the precise dimensions and a selection of one of the world’s largest collection of Titanic photos (it features plenty of steel).

White Star and their main rival, Cunard, were both based in Liverpool, and the Titanic was part of a battle for the high seas – find out all about the construction of a giant (coffees and donuts, as the author advises, may be advisable).

The disaster

See Merseyside Maritime Museum's description for some of the grim facts and figures from the Titanic’s demise, as well as a run-down of some of the artefacts relating to it held in Liverpool. Then try the Top 10 Myths Quiz over at White Star Momentos – a site set up by a group of fans near the original home of the ship.

Artefacts

Lifeboat name plaques, unopened bottles of champers and the stuffed bear once owned by an engineer are all on show at Titanic Honour and Glory.

From remembrance records and board games to swizzle sticks and paintings, Royal Museums Greenwich also reveals a redoubtably comprehensive catalogue of all things Titanic.

The people

Meet the posties aboard the ship as part of an impressive entry on the British Postal Museum and Archive’s blog.

Find out why the Titanic in Lancashire Museum is raising funds to preserve the letters of Colne chap Wallace Hartley – a former orchestra leader in Yorkshire – and discover the story of Frederick Fleet, the Liverpool lad who uttered the immortal words “iceberg right ahead”.

Survivors

There are some moving (and spirited) interviews with some of the survivors at British Pathe, including recollections of escaping the ship.

You can also hear more from survivors and families of those lost at sea in the National Archives' Titanic Stories recording.

A lasting memorial

Many artists have been inspired by the story, and there are poets, playwrights, musicians and painters on Ireland’s Titanic Stories.

Southampton’s SeaCity Museum opened this week, and there’s a picture of the original monument in the city (as well as other snaps, including one of the 15,000 builders) in TitanicA's gallery. Both stand as shrines to the relationship the Solent had with the Titanic.
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