Titanic photos and artifacts

There are loads of stories and exhibits out there right now marking the 100th anniversary of Titanic’s sinking in the North Atlantic.

One I found interesting has to do with one of the very last photos of the ship, which was sold by the Vancouver Maritime Museum in British Columbia for under $5,000.

As reported by the Times Colonist, the photo was sold more than a decade ago because the museum needed cash.

“The yellowish-brown, postcard-sized picture was donated to the museum in 1968 by Mrs. R.H. Hooper of nearby Richmond, B.C., whose father Henry William Clarke was chief engineer in Southampton when he took the photo on April 10, 1912.
It languished in the museum’s archives for 30 years, when its value was belatedly discovered by then-executive-director James Delgado.”

Another intriguing Titanic story is posted on  O say can you seethe blog of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, which notes that the museum has some Titanic-related artifacts, including a life vest recovered by Carpathia passenger Dr. Frank Blackmarr, who helped Titanic survivors recover from exposure and hypothermia after they boarded the Carpathia early in the morning after the sinking. The life vest was donated to the Smithsonian by the Chicago Historical Society in 1982.

Titanic life vest, courtesy Smithsonian National Museum of American History


In her blog post, Julia Imbriaco, a program assistant in the museum’s Department of Education and Interpretation, also links to a podcast about the Titanic by the museum curator of Maritime History, Dr. Paul Johnston, to  museum artifacts related to the Titanic and to songs about the Titanic, 




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