Titanic model: the three sisters

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curator next to ship model being filmed

The BBC visited the Titanic, Lusitania and Forgotten Empress gallery at the Merseyside Maritime Museum this week and interviewed Ian Murphy, curator of Maritime History and Deputy Director of the Merseyside Maritime Museum. They were filming the Harland & Wolff builders’ model of Titanic which is a permanent feature of the gallery.

This year is an important one for Titanic which sank 100 years ago in April 1912. This unique six metre long model was built between 1910-11and has a very interesting history. The model was altered many times over the years by Harland & Wolff and it has represented all White Star Olympic Class liners: - Olympic, Titanic and Britannic.

It was first constructed to represent Olympic and Titanic. After Titanic sank in 1912 the model was altered and extra life boats were added when it represented Britannic. Sadly Britannic hit a mine in 1916 and sank during the First World War. The model was then changed again to represent Olympic.

Look out for the Titanic model on the BBC news in April. The new exhibition Titanic and Liverpool: The untold story opens 30th March 2012.

Bye for now.