£220,000 Titanic diagram on display

World's most expensive Titanic artefact goes on show

World's most expensive Titanic artefact goes on show

First published in Titanic News

The world's most expensive Titanic artefact has gone on public display in a centre dedicated to the doomed liner.

The 32ft-long plan of the ship, which was used as a reference guide during the 1912 British inquiry into the sinking, has been passed to Titanic Belfast by a mystery benefactor.

The anonymous collector bought the well-preserved paper diagram at auction for £220,000 last year.

It bears ink marks denoting exactly where engineers giving evidence to the Board of Trade inquiry determined the White Star Line vessel had struck the iceberg on its fateful transatlantic maiden voyage in April 1912.

Expert Una Reilly, who is co-founder of the Belfast Titanic Society, said the plan helped to dispel one of the enduring myths about the sinking.

''There has been for more than 100 years this theory that there was a 300 foot gash in Titanic,'' she said.

''The actual total amount of damage caused by the iceberg was 12 square feet, which is the size of a normal room door. But it was the fact that it was in six different places.''

She added: ''The initial collision with the iceberg caused very little damage but once it was opened to the sea the water just poured in.''

Ms Reilly thanked the mystery benefactor for giving people the opportunity to see the plan.

''It's such a vital part of the Titanic story,'' she said.

The diagram will be on permanent display in one of the centre's nine galleries - the one that focuses on both the British and American inquiries into the sinking.

The £90 million tourist attraction in the old shipyard where the Titanic was built opened earlier this year ahead of the 100th anniversary of the tragedy.

It has so far exceeded visitor predictions, with more than 600,000 people having taken a tour in its first eight months of business.

Judith Owens, deputy chief executive of Titanic Belfast, said there was no better place for the plan to be.

''We are absolutely delighted,'' she said.

''This is one of the most important pieces of Titanic memorabilia and really it feels like for me it has come home.

''It is sitting in our aftermath gallery and it is here for the public to see, which is the most important part of this - it's part of the Titanic history.''

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3:16pm Tue 27 Nov 12

southy says...

Note Belfast and not Southampton
Note Belfast and not Southampton southy
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4:22pm Tue 27 Nov 12

S!monOn says...

Built in Belfast, Registered in Liverpool and Sailed from Southampton. So what?
Built in Belfast, Registered in Liverpool and Sailed from Southampton. So what? S!monOn
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4:27pm Tue 27 Nov 12

SaintAsh1964 says...

Crewed by Sotonians and will forever be linked with Southampton.
Crewed by Sotonians and will forever be linked with Southampton. SaintAsh1964
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5:39pm Tue 27 Nov 12

Nearly an OAP says...

I would have thought that Belfast would have wanted to distance itself from the building of Titanic which was a disaster waiting to happen, for many reasons, which have been documented on this website. Hardly a ship of dreams.
I would have thought that Belfast would have wanted to distance itself from the building of Titanic which was a disaster waiting to happen, for many reasons, which have been documented on this website. Hardly a ship of dreams. Nearly an OAP
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6:27pm Tue 27 Nov 12

City Saint says...

To be fair, this is of obvious interest to Sotonians. But it is a bit of a kick in the teeth to read that it was given to Belfast.
To be fair, this is of obvious interest to Sotonians. But it is a bit of a kick in the teeth to read that it was given to Belfast. City Saint
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6:27pm Tue 27 Nov 12

localnews says...

I expect someone will take a picture of it and fax it over to Southampton so it can hang in our museum with pride LOL
I expect someone will take a picture of it and fax it over to Southampton so it can hang in our museum with pride LOL localnews
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10:59pm Tue 27 Nov 12

userds5050 says...

Leo said to Cleo
I think I'm going mad
But he'd lost his mind already
Whatever mind he had.
Leo said to Cleo I think I'm going mad But he'd lost his mind already Whatever mind he had. userds5050
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11:48pm Tue 27 Nov 12

jazzi says...

I am of Irish decent ,born in liverpool and live In Southampton. YOU still Go on and on about the past, yet do nothing to improve the future . Do not mock when you do nothing of significance other than pay your taxes and bleat !!!!
I am of Irish decent ,born in liverpool and live In Southampton. YOU still Go on and on about the past, yet do nothing to improve the future . Do not mock when you do nothing of significance other than pay your taxes and bleat !!!! jazzi
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10:16am Wed 28 Nov 12

userds5050 says...

The watchman, he lay dreaming
The damage had been done
He dreamed the Titanic was sinking
And he tried to tell someone
The watchman, he lay dreaming The damage had been done He dreamed the Titanic was sinking And he tried to tell someone userds5050
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