RMS Titanic - This 'floating palace' was built with the intention of being more of a hotel than an ocean liner and succeeded in becoming one of the most lavishly appointed ships ever to be built. It took over 11,000 workers at Harland and Wolff Shipyard 26 months to build, she was said to be unsinkable and had a speed of 21 knots.
In 1912, after colliding with a massive iceberg, R.M.S. Titanic began her final passage to the bottom of the ocean with the loss of over 1500 lives.
Since her discovery in 1985, Titanic is slowly disintegrating and experts predict that she will gradually deteriorate beyond recognition.
The ship is ripped into two pieces on the sea bed and because of such extreme depth has encouraged divers and scientists to find new ways to explore such tragic wrecks.
Our exhibition gives an insight into one of history's grandest liners. CTP Richard Hook BEM of Titanic Research, Portsmouth, has said that this is an excellent display and worth visiting.
A Cornish Connection - One of the lives lost on this fateful voyage was that of a young Cornishman by the name of Frederick James Banfield. Born in Helston in 1884, he worked as a mining engineer in the Cornish tin mines. After marrying, he emigrated to the USA to work as an engineer in the gold and silver mines, leaving his wife, Cecilia, living with his mother. In 1911, he returned for a holiday and was due to join his brother in Michigan to work. His wife was to follow later. He boarded Titanic in Southampton and his body was never found. There is a memorial at the family grave in Helston