Did you know that Liverpool has many links with the famous ship ‘The Titanic’? Face for Business looks at some of the associations Liverpool has with the ship that never made it across the Atlantic Ocean, on its maiden voyage.
Titanic Exhibition in Liverpool
The Merseyside Maritime Museum opened an exhibition entitled ‘Titanic and Liverpool: the untold story’ in 2012 to mark the centenary of the sinking of the ship on its maiden voyage. The exhibition displays many artefacts and personal letters that haven’t been shown before, and has proved to be a gigantic success. So much so, that the exhibition won GOLD at the Visit England Awards last week, in the ‘Tourism Experience of the Year’ category. The exhibition has saw over 1.23m visitors to date since it opened. Visit the website for the exhibition here.
Titanic Links to Liverpool
The ship itself had many links with Liverpool. As well as several of its staff coming from the city, Captain Smith most notably, the ship had many other connections:-
White Star Line who managed the Titanic, had their base in Albion House before moving to Southampton. It was in this building that its employees were trapped when news of the Titanic’s sinking hit relatives. Staff, too afraid to leave the building, read out names of the deceased from the balconies of the building.
The Titanic had ‘Liverpool’ painted on its stern – although it never visited the city.
Captain Smith lived in Waterloo (a town in Liverpool) for 40 years before moving to Southampton.
Fred Fleet, the lookout who spotted the iceberg, was from Liverpool.
Bruce Ismay, Chairman of the White Star Line lived in Mossley Hill. Mr Ismay was one of the survivors in the last lifeboats to be lowered from the Titanic – but sadly received bad press from the US even though he did help people onto boats before he claimed a seat for himself.
The musicians – who played until the end – were recruited via music agents from Liverpool, and Fred Clarke, who played the bass violin lived just off Smithdown Road.
Approximately 90 members of the Titanic’s crew were from Merseyside, with most of her key officers having sailed from Liverpool for White Star Lines. So many, that the main passage way for the crew was nicknamed ‘Scotland Road’!
The ship’s kitchen ranges were made in Liverpool with 50,000 pieces of glass and crockery being supplied from a Liverpool company The Stoniers.
The bell from the Titanic - and the 900 portholes - were crafted by Merseyside firm Utley’s, from St Helens
Titanic Hotel Liverpool and International Festival of Business 2014
Not to be confused with Hotel 30 James Street (see below), Titanic Hotel Liverpool has been created in one of Liverpool’s historic and iconic buildings. The North Warehouse based in Stanley Dock is being refurnished to create a host of sizable rooms with 1400 sqm of conference and exhibition space, which will be housed in The Rum Warehouse section of the dock. This hotel will play a pivotal role and be one of the venues for the International Festival of Business 2014 - read an overview of the event here.
Hotel 30 James Street
Suitably, hotel group Signature Living, acquired Albion House and have transformed it into a boutique hotel that pays homage to the Titanic, by designing each room bespoke - incorporating elements of the ships history into each room.