The Fabled Titanic Will be Featured in an Exhibition at The Duke of Cornwall Hotel at the heart of Britain’s maritime gem, Plymouth.
Plymouth is one of the World’s great maritime cities – and is today marketed as ‘Britain’s Ocean City’. Many stories of triumph and tragedy have passed between land and sea here, and perhaps none are more evocative that the story of the fabulous but doomed liner the RMS Titanic. There can be few who do not know of the story of her loss, but her final 15 minute journey to the sea floor 2 and a half miles below the North Atlantic happened a thousand or more miles away – so how does she link to Plymouth?
A one-day exhibition being hosted at the Duke of Cornwall Hotel on April 24th will explain, and display many artefacts and ephemera associated with the ship and the White Star Line, all assembled by Titanic enthusiast Nigel Voisey.
After the sinking, the survivors eventually were transported back to the UK, and the crew was brought into Plymouth and the Great Western Dock – what we know better today as Millbay. This was the port of entry and exit for passenger liners (which as they were fast also carried the Royal Mail) and had excellent rail links from the quayside to the rest of the UK.
The survivors had been picked up by the Carapthia after the sinking on April 15th, were taken to New York, then transferred to the liner Red Star and departed for Plymouth in April 20th, arriving on the 29th, being landed to the pier by the GWR tender Sir Richard Grenville.
The vessel’s owners and the Board of Trade who were conducting the inquiry into the loss were extremely wary of press attention, and held the male crew in a secure area in the dock buildings overnight; the twenty female stewardesses fared better and were accommodated at the nearby Duke of Cornwall Hotel.
Today the fine old Duke of Cornwall remains and thrives in a regenerating Millbay; the dockyard pier still exists in reduced form down Customs House Lane with only the old octagonal building (now housing the RNLI) surviving.
It promises to be a fascinating exhibition, once again highlighting the links between Plymouth and New York and the USA.
From the Mayflower and earlier explorers setting sail from the nearby old Sutton Harbour, the first seaplane crossing setting down in the Cattewater, the maritime links of two world wars, to the modern adventures of the epic TRANSAT yacht race - the tragic tale of the Titanic highlights Plymouth – Britain’s Ocean City.
The exhibition will be held at The Duke of Cornwall for one day only on Sunday the 24th April from 11:00–16:00 and is only a short 5 minute walk from King Point Marina. To register your interest and to find out more click this link > https://www.facebook.com/events/1097815063585587/