Planning a Baltic Cruise?  In this installment of our Baltic Cruise Travel Guide Series, join us on a trip to the Sea City Museum for a visit of the Titanic exhibits.

SeaCity Museum Southampton – The Titanic Story

Few people ever knew that the famous Titanic that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean on its maiden voyage to New York actually departed from Southampton, UK.  This tragic incident is remembered in the city of Southampton and is now immortalised in the form of a permanent exhibition at the SeaCity Museum.

Since we were in Southampton city for a few days and had free time on hand, we decided to pay the SeaCity Museum a visit.  Southampton city is really small, even the SeaCity Museum is within walking distance from our dwelling place at Ibis Southampton Centre.  At 9.50 pounds (about SGD $19) per adult entry, this attraction does not come cheap.

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SeaCity Museum Permanent Exhibition – Southampton Titanic Story

The museum has two permanent exhibitions, one dedicated to Southampton’s Titanic Story, and the other on the city’s role as gateway to the world. During our visit, there was also a temporary exhibition on dinosaurs.

The first exhibits shows the full listing of the crew of the Titanic, many of which had just a name but no faces.

The prominent crew of the Titanic.  Some survived the disaster, some didn’t.

The captain of the Titanic.  Those who watched the movie ‘Titanic’ would be familiar with him.

A feel of what Southampton city looked like back in the time of the Titanic in the 1900s.

Some of the artefacts of the time of the Titanic.

And a recreation of the furniture and fashion of those times.

The Titanic was the largest ship afloat at the time it entered service, and was the second of three Olympic class ocean liners operated by the White Star Line.

The Titanic’s older sister, the Olympic was the longest serving in the Olympic class line, serving a career spanning 24 years, before it was retired in 1934.  Unfortunately, the Titanic’s younger sister, the Britannic also sank, some four years after the Titanic.

Some of the parts of the Olympic, which are very similar to that of the Titanic are now on display at the SeaCity Museum.

The telephone that crew used on the Titanic to communicate with each other.  Looks like a robot on closer look, doesn’t it?

Bad omen for the Titanic.  As it leaves its port at Southampton for its maiden voyage to New York, it nearly collides with another liner called New York.  It seemed like a premonition of what was to come.

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Daily Life on Board Titanic

A peep into the daily life on board the Titanic.

I hope our breakfast at Princess Cruises will be better than this.

Even utensils, room keys, menus and tickets are on display.

Imagine the amount of food that had to be loaded onto the Titanic to feed the entire 2000 over crew and passengers!

The promenade deck was where passengers could lounge and relax, very much like what we still have on board luxury cruise lines nowadays.

The bridge of the Titanic is where the command centre is.  This sounds a little eerie because most things here have a parellel that can be drawn with the cruise ship that we were boarding the next day – the Caribbean Princess.

One of the most fun place in the SeaCity Museum is the boiler room, a room that emulates the real work of coal workers who work tireless round the clock to power the Titanic.  Have a go at firing the boilers!

This is my favourite part of the exhibition – the Grand Staircase on board the Titanic.

This was what a 2nd class cabin looked back in the real Titanic.

Fortunately, our cabin on the Caribbean Princess is not going to be as small as this! Otherwise, I can’t imagine enduring a 2 week cruise to the Baltic Seas!

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Titanic Disaster

The Titanic disaster, a story-telling minute by minute.

The official inquiry into the sinking of the Titanic.  One of the most grand and the best part of the SeaCity Museum.

The inquiry saw surviving crew and passengers giving evidence.  The words heard in this exhibit came directly from the court transcript.

A map that occupies the entire floor with red dots indicating the exact home addresses of those in Southampton who perished in the Titanic disaster.  Only by looking at this map full of red dots does one realise the great impact the disaster had on families of Southampton.

An insight into the lives of those who survived or perished.

One survived, one chose to sink with the ship.

News of the Titanic sinking reaches home at Southampton.

Disaster becomes fact.  A sample death certificate of those who perished, including those who were missing at sea.

This concludes Part 1 of our review of the SeaCity Museum. Stay tuned as we continue to explore the SeaCity Museum in our next article.

First published 31 Jan 2016
Last updated 25 Aug 2019

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