Debris from the <i>Titanic</i>

Joe Nickell

in Real or Fake

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780813125343
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135229 | DOI:
Debris from the Titanic

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This chapter examines if the three artifacts bearing labels identifying them as part of the Titanic are really from that ill-fated ship. The first was a piece of shaped, partially painted wood labelled as part of a panel from the wreckage ship Titanic. The second was a smaller block of wood labelled as part of door from the wreckage ship Titanic. The third was a metal nut and bolt to which was tied a paper tag labelled Bolt from Companionway from wreckage of Str. Titanic. The various details provided credible testimony that the artifacts were what they purported to — relics of the wreckage from the 1912 Titanic disaster, picked up by the cable steamer Minia and labelled in a manner that gave them the impress of time.

Keywords: cable steamer Minia; Titanic; wood; wreckage; bolt; artifacts

Chapter.  3531 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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