Ship-building facts offer background for Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition

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      (Community announcement by Lipont Place)

      On April 15th, 1912, Titanic, the world's largest ship, sank after colliding with an iceberg. Now, 106 years later, Lipont Place is pleased to announce that a major international exhibition — Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition — has come to Metro Vancouver. As an important stop on its international tour, Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition has already visited cities such as Paris, Las Vegas, and Dublin, Stockholm, London, Cape Town,
      Guangzhou, Orlando, Melbourne, and others.

      The exhibition opened here in June, and will run through January 11, 2019. Designed with a focus on the legendary RMS Titanic's compelling human stories, the narrative is best told through more than 120 authentic artifacts and extensive room recreations. Visitors are quickly drawn back in time to 1912, receiving a replica boarding pass of an actual passenger aboard Titanic. They begin their chronological voyage through Titanic, moving through the ship's construction, to life on board, to the ill-fated sinking and amazing artifact rescue efforts. They will marvel at the re-created accommodations, and press their palms against an iceberg while learning of countless stories of the maiden voyage.

      To whet the appetite for a visit to the exhibition, here are a few facts about the construction of the Titanic:

      - The ship was designed by Thomas Andrews for the White Star Line.  Construction began on March 31, 1909 and lasted two years.

      - The Titanic had three bronze propellers that weighed a total of 92 tons. She also had four funnels, three of which were exhaust vents for the boilers that ran the engines.  The fourth funnel was added to balance the Ship’s profile and make it look grander.

      - She was built from 2,000 1-inch thick steel plates held together by more than 3 million rivets. Her hull weighed 26,000 tons.

      - Her cabins and rooms contained more than 2,000 portholes.

      - The grand staircase went all the way from the boat deck down to the reception room outside the dining saloon on D-deck, and then continued down to E-deck. The staircase was paneled in oak and included a wrought-iron and glass skylight.

      - The style of the décor included Louis XIV, Empire Italian Renaissance, Georgian, Regence, Queen Ann, and Old Dutch.  It took ten months to decorate Titanic.

      Titanic was the largest ship built prior to 1912 and the largest moving object built by man. Here are some of her specifications:

      Length: 882 feet and 9 inches (nearly four city blocks long)

      Width: 92 feet and 6 inches

      Height: 175 feet or 11 stories high

      Weight: 46,329 tons

      Speed: 23 to 24 knots (28 to29 miles per hour)

      Capacity: 3,320 crew and passengers

      Lifeboats: 14 main boats, 2 emergency boats and 4 collapsibles (total capacity was 1,178)


      Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition runs through January 11, 2019, at Lipont Place, 4211 No. 3 Road, Richmond, BC Canada V6X 2C3. Ticket prices are $17.95 for adults, $15.95 for seniors and $13.95 for students. Children under the age of 5 are free; group pricing is available.

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