On April 15, 1912, just before midnight, the RMS Titanic collided with an iceberg, in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean. The Titanic had been called unsinkable. Nevertheless, the ship disappeared into the depths at 2:20 AM. She took 1496 people with her. 712 survived. It was one of the worst naval catastrophes in the history of the world. Welcome to Titanic — The exhibition.
The atlantic steamship, Titanic was enormous, 269 metres long, 25 metres wide and 53 metres tall. The ship had room for 2,500 passengers, 885 crewmen and a load capacity of a staggering 6,000 tonnes. Additionally, she had 16 watertight bulkheads which, according to the advertising, were supposed to make her practically unsinkable.
Her maiden voyage across the Atlantic, from Southampton to New York, was expected to take six days. The first three passed without any problems but when lookout, Frederick Fleet discovered an iceberg straight ahead on the evening of April 14, everything changed. Six of the sixteen watertight bulkheads were damaged. The collision became a reality. 20 lifeboats with room for 1,178 of the 2,674 passengers were filled with women and children. The men had to wait.
At 2:20 AM, Titanic sank beneath the surface. In spite of the fact that she was supposed to be unsinkable, she sank with Captain Smith and 1,495 other passengers, in the space of two hours and forty minutes. There were also 123 Swedes on board. Swedish was actually the third most spoken language on the ship, as immigration from Sweden to America was still extensive in the early 20th century. Today, the RMS Titanic rests at a depth of 3,800 metres. Because of her size, she is impossible to recover, but numerous expeditions have been carried out throughout the years. In addition to a wealth of knowledge, approximately 6,000 items have been recovered from the depths.
The impression that Titanic left on the world is enormous. Many films and documentaries have been made. A library’s worth of literature. The most famous work is James Cameron’s “Titanic”, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. It is one of the most successful productions in the history of cinema, having grossed more than 2.1 billion dollars, reputedly the second largest profit of any film ever made. On April 27 in 2018, Titanic — The exhibition opens in Skellefteå. It’s one of the largest touring exhibitions in the world, dedicated to the world’s most famous Atlantic steamer.
Titanic — The exhibition dives deep into the details, takes a closer look at the myths and shares the stories and real-world destinies of the Titanic’s tragic maiden voyage. Exclusively for this exhibition, the Eddahallen hall is transformed into a museal arena for experiences. The exhibition contains about 200 original items and several full-scale reproductions of interiors. You will be taken on an emotional journey through life on board what was described as something akin to a floating palace. For four months following the opening on April 27 in 2018, you will be able to experience Titanic – the exhibition in Skellefteå, the only location in northern Sweden where it will be shown. We warmly welcome you to participate in the drama.
The exhibition is held at Eddahallen Skellefteå, between 27/4 – 26/8 2018.