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    Steampunks visit the Titanic


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     ChrisMorrow says one of the highlights of the exhibition was seeing the 'yesteryears' of the Titanic. People cosplaying in Steampunk outfits, a Victorian science fiction genre of style, were also visiting the exhibition. "Visiting the Titanic was magical with the Steampunks and also eerie," she says.
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    Touring the United States, “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition,” is at the San Diego Natural History Museum.


    This is a rare opportunity to view these historic pieces,” said Michael W. Hager, the museum’s president and CEO in a statement. “It took a monumental effort to recover the artifacts, including eight trips to the wreckage located 2.5 miles beneath the surface of the Atlantic. This exhibit combines that technical story with the human drama that makes the Titanic tragedy such a well-known event.”


    The Exhibition shows objects range from pieces of the ship to rooms on the Titanic, furnished with the recovered artifacts.


    Tab 1
    Steampunk at Helm of the Titanic. Dennis Hanon, Stranglehold/League of Supremely Evil Revolutionaries http://www.hmsstranglehold.org/ in Victorian Future garb.


    Tab 2
    Hear from Steampunks why they visited the Titanic in costume.


    Tab 3
    The eccentric strap was part one of two reciprocating engines on Titanic. Its function was to transmit motion from an eccentric sheave bolted to the eccentric rod to operate the valve which admits and exhausts steam to and from the cylinder. When the Ship broke apart, it was torn through the engine room, so it is likely this amazing object was dislodged & found its way to the ocean floor. It was discovered & retrieved in 1993.


    Tab 4
    Arithmetic Book - Young Edgar Andrew was completing his studies in England before relocating to America. This is his arithmetic book.


    Tab 5
    Mustard Pot - Condiments were essential additions to meals on board the Ship.


    Tab 6
    Green Bottle - Several small bottles were found in Marian Meanwell's purse. Many of them seem to be for medical purposes.


    Tab 7
    Hundreds of these perfectly preserved au gratin dishes were recovered from the sand on the ocean floor, where they were found lined up like dominoes.


    Tab 8
    Interactive ice wall featured at the Titanic exhibition in San Diego. On the night of Aril 14, 1912, the waters of the North Atlantic were below freezing: registering close to 28 degrees fahrenheit. As a result, most of those lost during Titanic's sinking did not die from drowning. They died from hypothermia (a rapid, mental and physical collapse that accompanies the lowering of body temperature.).


    Tab 9
    Third-class passengers traveling on Titanic were mostly European immigrants looking for a better life in America. A Third-class ticket on Titanic to New York cost $40 (about $900 today). Cabins were cramped and very plain in design. The ceilings were a tangle of pipes & beams, and the noise and vibration of the engines could always be heard and felt. Despite these conditions many third-class passengers found their accommodations to be more than adequate. Unlike other liners, which used straw, Titanic's bunks had real mattresses. The bathrooms were also an improvment for many who had never used indoor plumbing. Titanic's two bathtubs for its 700 third-class passengers would not suffice today, but were manageable in the time of the once-a-week bath.


    Tab 10
    Titanic could accommodate over 750 first-class passengers. All first-class cabins were exceptionally large, offering fine materials & craftmanship that rivaled that of the world's finest hotels. Abundant closet space, private baths with full bathtubs, and hot & cold running water. The cost of a first-class ticket on Titanic to New York was $2,500 (approximately $57,200 today).


    About the Titanic
    The sinking of the RMS Titanic occurred on the night of 14/15 April 1912 in the north Atlantic Ocean, four days into her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City. Then the world’s largest ocean liner, encountered an iceberg. The 1997 movie of the same name directed by James Cameron won 11 Oscars, including best picture, and has grossed over $1 billion worldwide.


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