Saturday, August 28, 2004


"Titanic" Artifacts Sail into Shanghai


The Epoch Times
Translated from the Chinese Edition

Visitors to Shanghai's International Media Center will have the chance to see artifacts from the ship Titanic over the next two months. Shanghai is the first Asian stop for the Titanic Experience and Priceless Artifact Exhibition, which has been touring the world since 1994.

The exhibition has gone from Chicago to Los Angeles, and from Paris to London, attracting more than 14 million visitors. Parts of the Titanic have been reproduced and more than 300 items found beneath the doomed luxury liner will be on display.

Among the objects featured in the exhibition are ship ruins such as the anchor, rudder and compass. There are also personal belongings and letters of passengers. Survivor statements and some photographs taken on board the ship, a twisted cabin window, the frame of a deck chair, flat-bottomed pans used for cooking, cash, jewellery, and glassware with the mark of the “White Star Line” are also on display. Although these objects are either stained with rust or broken into pieces, they are considered priceless treasures.

Security is paramount for Titanic Experience organizers. The exhibition’s halls and cabinets all have impressive monitor systems. The cabinets consist of touch-sensitive plexiglass shells fitted with alarm devices that automatically alert police and emit a very loud alarm.

On April 15, 1912, the Titanic sank after striking an iceberg. The grand luxury cruise ship was carrying 1,316 passengers and 891 crew members. Nearly 1,500 people died as a result of the shipwreck that is considered one of the 10 greatest calamities of the 20th century. In 1985, the remains of Titanic were found in the northern Atlantic Ocean two-and-a-half miles below sea level.

See article here.

The Titanic Experience and Priceless Artifact
Exhibition landed in Shanghai on the first leg of its
Asian journey. Photo: Getty Images

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