More than a hundred years after the “unsinkable” passenger ship, Titanic, sunk on its maiden voyage, South Africans can now experience part of the journey.
Expo RSA is hosting Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition at the Zone in Rosebank from 18 September to 8 November 2015, before it moves to the Watershed at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town from 27 November 2015 until March 2016.
Nick Dreyer, COO of Expo RSA, says “Although the ‘ship of dreams’ met its demise over a century ago, the spirit of the Titanic and its passengers live on through ‘Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition.’”
The 1500-square-meter exhibit features a number of real artifacts from the Titanic and scale recreations of parts of the famous ship. The exhibit also features a re-creation of the freezing temperatures felt on that fateful night in April 1912, complete with an interactive ice-berg. In addition, visitors can walk through authentically recreated first- and third-class rooms, with furnishings by the original manufacturers.
The Titanic collided with an iceberg on 15 April 1912. The official death toll from the tragedy was 1 517 people. That is 68 percent of all the people on board. Part of the reason for the high death toll, was that there were only 48 lifeboats, not nearly enough to save all the passengers. The boat’s string quartet kept playing until the very last moment, to try and calm the passengers. It’s reported they played the hymn “Nearer, My God, to Thee,” as the ship went down.
Expo RSA says the exhibition is an “educational, emotional” experience and is “appropriate for all ages”, taking visitors on a journey through the life of Titanic, “paying homage to the indomitable force of the human spirit in the face of tragedy.”
For more information go to www.titanicexpo.co.za. Tickets are available at www.webtickets.co.za and priced for all ages including adults, students, pensioners and children, with special discounts available for big groups, school groups, and corporates. In addition there are both Titanic Dining Experiences available in Johannesburg and Cape Town.
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