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Centenniel Exhibit Reflects on the Effects of Titanic's Sinking
By Door County Maritime Museum
Apr 4, 2012 - 8:26:29 AM
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Model of RMS Titanic build by Jerry Guenther, Hartland, Wisconsin.
Even 100 years after the tragic events of April 14, 1912, the sinking of the RMS Titanic remains one of the most significant historical events of the 20th Century. What took place on the North Atlantic that cold spring night has continued to fascinate succeeding generations. The Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay is observing the centennial of the sinking with the exhibit “Titanic’s Wake.” “The loss of the great ship and the 1,514 souls who perished with her shocked the world,” said Maritime Museum Executive Director Bob Desh. “Titanic’s sinking would trigger official investigations on both sides of the Atlantic and forever change the way the world viewed maritime safety. In the United States House of Representatives eight hastily written bills were introduced on April 17 in response to the news of the sinking and Sen. William Alden Smith of Michigan presented a resolution before the United States Senate calling for a formal investigation.
“This intriguing new exhibit explores the facts and circumstances surrounding that awful night in April a century ago and the lasting impact that Titanic’s demise continues to have on the maritime world,” Desh added.
The highlight of the exhibit is an impressive 9-foot long model of this magnificent “unsinkable” luxury liner.
The Museum continues to offer discounted admission while in the process of installing the “Pirates – Ship to Shore” exhibit which is slated to open May 19. The three remaining galleries are open and present the story of the area’s rich shipbuilding heritage, its lighthouses and a stunning view through it nuclear submarine periscope among other attractions.
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