Today we travelled into the city by tram and went to the Titanic exhibition at the Melbourne Museum. It revealed much about the construction of the ship, its size and great oppulence – no expense was spared. The exhibition included artefacts from the ship and the belongings of some of the passengers who were on it which had been retrieved from the wreck.
There were life size re-creations of the main staircase, the corridor from the first class area, the passenger galley and the different cabins for first, second and third class travellers. Other sections of the exhibition told the story of the ship’s departure and voyage up until the fateful collision; and told many of the passengers stories, some of whom survived, some who didn’t. Many passengers had been transferred to the Titanic because a coal strike had caused other ships to cancel sailings. It was shocking to realise they had halved the number of life boats originally intended for the ship so that there were not enough for everyone to escape the sinking ship. Of the 2200 people on board only 705 survived.
Glenn and me on a replica of the Titanic’s main staircase
Then we watched a 3D documentary in the IMAX theatre about the exploration of the wreck 4.5km below the ocean surface using deep sea capsules and remote opperated vehicles to film and retrieve objects.
The exhibition was very good though, even with timed entry, it was very crowded and moving through was very slow. The documentary gave a real sense of what the wreck looked like and how it had deteriorated under water over time. They predict that in 40-70 years what currently remains will implode and collapse.
We visited a couple of bike shops in the city and will return tomorrow to check out more. Tonight we had dinner with friends of Glenn.
Our last night before catching the ferry home…