For those who are enthusiastic about the history of Titanic and Liverpool 30 James Street – Home of the Titanic is certainly a great place to visit in Liverpool.
Facts and stories from the days of White Star Line and the RMS Titanic’s doomed maiden voyage are referenced throughout the building to keep the memory of RMS Titanic and those lost onboard alive.
Considering the fact that RMS Titanic never actually visited Liverpool, the strong connections between the ill-fated vessel and our fair city drawn in crowds of Titanic aficionados and enthusiasts regularly.
Titanic and Liverpool
There are many reasons why RMS Titanic and Liverpool are bound together in history aside from the obvious.
Other links include the origins of crew members from in and around the city, the manufacturing of fixtures and fitting onboard and of course the offices that both commissioned and registered Titanic to be built and sail.
Here we will explore where guests can seek out original artefacts recovered from the wreck of RMS Titanic and those salvaged by the crew of rescue shop RMS Carpathia.
We’ve also took a look at some of the Liverpool residences of RMS Titanic’s designers, founders and senior members of crew.
Using this comprehensive guide to Titanic and Liverpool, enthusiasts can explore all the connections between city and the world’s most well-known maritime disaster.
Memorial to the Engine Room Heroes of the Titanic
A moving tribute to some of the bravest souls lost onboard RMS Titanic, is the Memorial to the Engine Room Heroes of the Titanic.
Thirty five of these brave men were engineers who remained at their stations throughout the sinking of RMS Titanic tasked with maintaining as many amenities as possible onboard.
By keeping electricity supplied and wireless communications working until minutes before the sinking the engineers allowed lifeboats to be lowered safely and vital distress communications to be sent.
Their valiant efforts prevented mass panic for as long as possible working in the depths of the ship none of the 35 engineers survived the disaster.
Upon the memorial are figures of firemen and coal cutters, immortalising the working-class men who perished onboard RMS Titanic. Other charecters include representations of the elements and inscriptions reading’
Visit the Memorial to the Engine Room Heroes of the Titanic on St. Nicholas Place, Pier Head.
White STAR LINE HQ
Now a luxurious Liverpool hotel, White Star Line’s HQ operated from 30 James Street, Albion House.
The designs for RMS Titanic were appraised and authorised inside 30 James Street along with the two other sister vessels of the Olympic Fleet, commissioned to compete with Cunard Lines grandest vessels.
RMS Titanic was registered on the 12th March 1912 and a birth certificate of the shop remains to this day in the Merseyside Maritime Museum on Albert Dock.
Orders of work for both Captain E.J Smith and his crew were also issued from within 30 James Street, moving him for the Captaincy of RMS Olympic and onto RMS Titanic,
After news of the sinking of RMS Titanic reached Liverpool those inside 30 James Street had the task of announcing the news to a waiting crowd in the streets outside the building. Fearing the repercussions of going down to ground level, White Star officials confirmed the devastating news from one of the buildings second floor balconies.
30 James Street hotel is a celebration of the White Star Line history, as well as the rich maritime heritage of Liverpool and of course a memorial to all those who tragically lost their lives onboard RMS Titanic.
Plaque for band at philharmonic
The band members on board RMS Titanic are legendary, honoured across Britain and indeed the world for their courage.
After striking the iceberg that eventually sank RMS Titanic eight musicians picked up their instruments and proceeded to play tune after tune to calm passengers.
White Star’s song-list included 352 songs that ranged from popular hymns to works of operatic origin.
The musicians were reported to play unceasingly as RMS Titanic sank deeper and deeper into the freezing waters of the North Atlantic Ocean.
Only those onboard will recall exactly which songs were the last heard by over 1,500 passengers, some say “Nearer My God to Thee”, reported to be the final song choice of Hartley, played up until the sinking and others say “Autumn” was heard as RMS Titanic plunged into the depths.
There are monuments and memorials all over the UK and the world that pay homage to the brave band member of RMS Titanic.
In Liverpool a plaque resides inside the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic in honour of all the musicians and because RMS Titanic band member John Frederick Preston Clarke was a Liverpool man and had himself played at the Philharmonic hall.
At the suggestion of then director of the Philharmonic society, Henry Rensburg, the special plaque was commissioned and a benefit concert was held in aid of Clarke’s wife and sister who both still resided in the city.
The plaque has survived both world wars and a complete renovation of the Philharmonic Hall.
Visitors can now gaze upon the plaque displayed proudly in the entrance of the popular concert hall.
Home to many of builders, dock workers and crew onboard RMS Titanic, Scotland road was once a lifeblood line to and from Liverpool city centre and bustling Victorian docks.
A s such a nickname was eventually used to label RMS Titanic’s long service and steerage corridor on E Deck.
The corridor ran almost the full length pf the ship and was dubbed Scotland road by many of the crew and was even included on detailed plans drawn up of RMS Titanic.
The Cunard Line were the owners and operators of rescue ship RMS Carpathia.
The offices of the Cunard Line resided inside the Cunard Building which now makes up part of Liverpool’s World Heritage Waterfront.
The building is a standing testament to the affluence and wealth that came to Liverpool from during the height of maritime trade and travel to and from the city.
Surrounding the Cunard Building are a collection of granite benches which remember the greatest ships of Cunard Line including one for RMS Carpathia.
Inlaid into the granite, in honour of RMS Carpathia’s role in the rescue of RMS Titanic’s survivors, Morse code reading the very distress signal used by radio communication, ‘CQD’.
This is the call made by wireless operators Bride and Phillips that was received by RMS Carpathia which means, “all stations: distress”, as opposed to the assumed “Come Quick Danger”.
In 1909 one of Liverpool’s most prominent architectural landmarks, the Anglican Cathedral was designed coinciding with the year construction began on RMS Titanic.
As a result the designer of the Cathedral, Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, incorporated a representation of the grandest ship in the world into the carved stone ceiling , fitting as he was setting out to design and build the biggest church in Britain.
The stunning stained glass windows of Liverpool Cathedral also pay tribute to RMS Titanic Captain E.J Smith and founder of the ship T. H Ismay. Both can be seen when visiting the Cathedral Ismay’s above the high altar on the east side and Smith’s in the chapel of the Holy Spirit.
Merseyside maritime museum
There’s no better place to discover facts and stories from RMS Titanic than the Merseyside Maritime Museum.
Inside visitors can explore genuine recovered artefacts from the wreck of the RMS Titanic as well as recovered items from survivors or victims families.
These include correspondence from both RMS Carpathia and letters that were written to members of the crew from family on land.
These are the main items on display at time of writing however there are various exhibitions held within the museum that change and donations are often made by families and collectors of Titanic memorabilia as well.
The apron of Lady Duff Gordon’s maid
Famous couturier Lady Duff Gordon was among the first passengers evacuated from the sinking RMS Titanic along with an early male evacuee Sir Cosmo Duff Gordon and their maid and secretary Laura Francatelli.
The uniform of Miss Francatelli included an apron with broaderie anglais trim which was passed on to her Aunt as a keepsake and passed down through two generations before being acquired by the museum.
Survivor life vests
Examples of the basic flotation vests worn by the passengers of RMS Titanic are on display. One example was obtained by a 19 year old Liverpudlian waiter working on RMS Carpathia and gifted to the museum for display.
Life boat trappings
The life boats onboard RMS Titanic are an integral piece of the tragic story, had there been more such a needless loss of life may not have occurred therefore artefacts salvaged from the few lifeboats that were onboard are priceless.
In the Merseyside Maritime Museum visitors can see RMS Titanic emblems recovered from the sides of lifeboats, Thole pins where oars will have been positioned to row away form the sinking ship and name plates from the lifeboats labeling them as RMS Titanic property.
One thing that keeps the memory of RMS Titanic alive is our fascination with the rich and famous. The grandeur and opulence of RMS Titanic is as fascinating today as it was over one hundred years ago, which is why recovered pieces of the extravagant fixtures from onboard the vessel garner such heavy interest.
These lead ventilation grills are a simple fitting with an ornate and complex design which implies the level of detail bestowed on the rest of the ship.
Olympic fleet model
In 1910, shipbuilders Harland and Wolf were tasked with building White Star Line’s Olympic class cruise liners. The fleet was to be made up of three vessels, Olympic, Titanic and Britannic and were set to dominate luxury trans-Atlantic travel, taking their title back from competitor company Cunard.
After receiving instruction to build Harland and Wolf created a scale 20 foot model complete with interior electric lighting.
This was the prototype to show investors designers and owners exactly what to expect from the Olympic fleet.
This exact model, although altered over the years to represent different ships of White Stars Olympic fleet, is now owned and displayed in the Merseyside Maritime Museum and serves as its star attraction.
Titanic and Liverpool fixtures and fittings
Further connections between RMS Titanic and Liverpool can be unearthed when examining the fixtures and fittings of the ship.
For example the portholes and bell castings were made and sold in Liverpool at Thomas Utley’s Silver Works, a company that still operates today in St Helen’s and whose factory in Liverpool was only recently demolished.
Among other costly furnishings expected onboard White Star Line vessels, Spode Chinaware will have been the priciest .Specially commissioned sets were order by White Star’s chandlers for first class diners to eat from and included intricate designs and rich embellishments.
Basic White Star crockery was also recovered believed to be from third class quarters and these pieces were plain and included the White Star logo.
A pair of pince nez spectacles were recovered from RMS Titanic encased in a leather Parisian case, speculation suggests they would have been purchased in Paris by a wealthy passenger before coming to Cherbourg to board RMS Titanic. Of course this is just spec-ulation.
Aside from all these fascinating artefacts and the mass of information the Merseyside Maritime Museum has regarding RMS Titanic they also dedicate themselves to recounting the stories of key personalities onboard.
Merseyside Maritime Museum actors tell different accounts from people such as J. Bruce Ismay, White Star Line chairman and a controversial survivor, Fred Fleet Liverpudlian lookout who spotted the iceberg that sank RMS Titanic and many others.
Each account gives visitors to the museum an alternative perspective of the disaster both before during and following the tragedy.
30 James Street – Home of the Titanic and Liverpool
The White Star Line offices, Albion House and 30 James Street Hotel have all belonged to the people of Liverpool throughout time.
Today the stunning building serves as a luxurious hotel whose purpose is to educate visitors and guests about the history of RMS Titanic and ties to the city of Liverpool.
The story of RMS Titanic has captivated the world and still resonates within cities ac cross the UK such as Belfast and Southampton where many crew members families were devastated by loss on April 15th 1912.
We continue to remember those who perished at 30 James Street hotel and enjoy helping our guests to discover as much as they can about RMS Titanic and Liverpool during their stay.
Arrange your stay and start your very own journey of discovery from 30 James Street by calling to book on 0151 601 8801 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.