TITANIC

Artifacts and their secrets

By Sydney Hyman

Even the most famous tales

have something that not everyone knows. Especially the Titanic.


The story of the ill fated ship is something anyone could tell you about, but probably not a story that every single person could go into detail about.


One of the most fascinating details about the

Titanic are the recovered artifacts and their owners.

The very first artifacts were recovered in 1987.

Soon, rights about who should be the only company to retrieve the precious items were being argued. RMS (Royal Mail Steamer) is now the only company permitted to explore, recover, and display the artifacts after the United States Federal Court granted them permission. After RMS recovers what they need, the objects are shipped to a research laboratory in France. They are then cleaned, sealed, and preserved.

After research, historians and scientists are

able to link artifacts to their owners. Here are a few items that have been linked to the people who owned them : Adolphe Saalfeld, a perfume maker (and survivor), had brought 65 perfume samples, 62 of which were found. A violin given to Wallace Hartley by his fiancée was played during the sinking of the ship to calm the passengers. There are some items that have not been connected to their owners, such as jewels, letters, menus, money, ticket stubs, and children's shoes.

Not all artifacts had to be recovered from the

Titanic. Some were taken with passengers who had escaped in lifeboats. Abraham Salomon kept his last lunch menu with him and a ticket stub from the Turkish baths. Lady Duff Gordon brought her kimono with her. She also brought with her a selfish secret that shamed her family for decades. She and her husband Cosmo, had bribed everyone on her lifeboat with one month’s pay not to go back and save helpless people trapped on the sinking ship. The lifeboat they escaped on was meant to hold 40 people, but only contained 12.

Though there may be a few objects still left on

the Titanic, they are of no value. Many people think that we have disturbed the waters too much, and that we should leave everything alone. Some historians argue that all the artifacts have already been discovered. Some consider the 340 corpses found to be of value, and put into graves. 1,160 bodies have still not been found. It is suggested that many artifacts may have been taken with the once-floating, now decomposed missing bodies.

For people who would like to see these

fascinating artifacts, there is a Titanic Museum in Branson, Missouri. Since some people cannot go to Missouri, RMS has a traveling exhibit. Among the Titanic artifacts, there are “detailed recreations and countless stories of the fateful night”. RMS tells the story of Titanic’s beginning, starting in 1909. The exhibition displays hundreds of artifacts including the largest piece of the ship ever raised. Over 25 million people worldwide have seen the historical exhibit.

Intriguing artifacts of the Titanic are what truly

makes the tale of the sinking ship tragic, eerie, and historical.