Revisiting the Titanic

By Kristian Whitesell
and Paul Jordan
Times-News correspondents
teens20@thetimesnews.com

A visitor to the Titanic exhibit looks over the Memory Wall at the Natural Science Center in Greensboro / Photo courtesy of the Natural Science Center in Greensboro

GREENSBORO — On April 10, 1912, the RMS Titanic set sail from her port in Southampton, England, en route to New York City. The ship had been called “unsinkable;” five days later, 1,517 passengers were dead and the Titanic now resides on the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.

On Sept. 1, 1985, a joint American-French expedition of the Knorr and the Le Suroit discovered the remains of the Titanic. Two years later, a salvage operation was made to gather china, jewelry and personal possessions from the two-mile long debris field.

 Now, 26 years after the rediscovery of the ocean liner, more than 125 of the artifacts are waiting for you to discover at “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition” located at the Natural Science Center of Greensboro, 4301 Lawndale Drive.

The exhibit, which opened on July 30, shows visitors the ship’s journey from the blueprints to the final hours of the tragic voyage. At the beginning of their journey through the exhibit, visitors receive a “boarding pass” with the name and personal information of one of the passengers. At the end of your visit, you discover whether or not your passenger survived on the Memory Wall. 

Guests will see some of the artifacts that were raised from 2½ miles below the surface of the Atlantic. For the hands-on aspect, a large iceberg four degrees above the temperature of the water will give guests an idea of how cold it was on that fateful night. Recreations of a First Class and a Third Class cabin give visitors examples of difference in prices from the early 20th century to almost a hundred years later. 

“This exhibit is great for a range of all audiences. We’ve had senior groups, college groups and history buffs of all ages visit,” said Steffany Reeve, director of marketing at the Natural Science Center.

Rich with history, the exhibit will allow guests to see items survived so many years underwater; now that’s something that makes you sit down and think.

To experience this exhibit, visit the Natural Science Center of Greensboro 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Sundays. Tickets are $21 for adults; $20 for children 3 to 13 years old and seniors 65 years old and up; free for children 2 and under, and includes access to the exhibition and the Science Center. Audio tours are available for an additional $5. The exhibit is open for visitors until Nov. 27. For more details, visit www.natsci.org. 

 Kristian Whitesell is a home-schooled high school graduate and Paul Jordan is a senior at Western Alamance High School; both are Teens & Twenties writers.

 

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