Category: Primary 7
Published: Friday, 29 March 2019 15:33
On Friday 29th March Primary 7 spent a very interesting day visiting the Titanic exhibition and SS Nomadic in conclusion to their WAU topic on the Titanic.
We had the pleasure of being taken through the Titanic experience by two excellent tour guides who provided the children with many fascinating facts.
The tour took us through nine galleries, telling the story of RMS Titanic, from her design in Belfast in the early 1900s, through her construction and launch, to her famous maiden voyage and tragic end. The galleries are innovative and interactive with many features including diving to the depth of the ocean to explore where RMS Titanic now rests. The Titanic story is told at Titanic Belfast in a fresh and insightful way.
We were able to visit three new galleries which capture the excitement of launch day, as well as The Maiden Voyage gallery, which transports visitors from four embarkation ports, Belfast, Southampton, Cherbourg and Queenstown (now known as Cobh) to Titanic’s deck promenade. The children were not only able to see and hear the ocean and feel the ships engines rumbling on board at the Palm Court Café but could also meet Fredrick Dent Ray, a dining room steward and survivor. The Maiden Voyage gallery also includes an original first class luncheon menu dated April 14, 1912, as well as the last letter ever to be written on board the Titanic.
The visit concluded with a chance to board and see round the SS Nomadic. This was the tender that used to transfer passengers to and from the Titanic. It is the only White Star Line vessel in existence today.
Earlier in the week we were very fortunate to have Frances Waddington’s father in to talk to both classes about the construction of the magnificent visitors centre. Mr Waddington had been one of the architects who worked on the design. He shared many interesting facts, myths and secrets about the building!!
Please click the link below for photos of the trip.