The Titanic Sails into Shanghai
Titanic Artifact Exhibition
It remains the most devastating maritime tragedy of all time, inspiring literature, music, poetry and most famously a major motion picture that grossed more than US$650m at the box office, and garnered 11 Academy Awards. Indeed the tale of the ill-fated RMS Titanic, and the 1500 souls that were lost when she sank on her maiden voyage, is one that still painfully resonates some 100 years on. The most heart-wrenching legacy of the tragedy though could be the Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, a vast collection of relics recovered from the sunken vessel, that has slowly made its way across the world, and is now on display in Shanghai until April 30.
Featuring 300 objects resurrected from the ship’s Atlantic Ocean resting place (including china, jewellery, magnetic compasses and musical instruments), the exhibition leads patrons through the journey of the Titanic from construction (a marvellous feat of engineering that took 10,000 workers 3 years to build) through to that fateful night in April, 1912. Along with reconstructions of the deck, opulent first-class quarters and tiny third-class cabins, there’s also displays of survivors’ accounts, details of those who perished and archive photography that, while providing insight and understanding, are in equal parts educational and emotional. Tissues at the ready, it’s a tearjerker.