Down With the Ship

Most people know the basic facts about the ill-fated RMS Titanic: It struck an iceberg and sank on its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City in 1912.

Some movie buffs may still be arguing whether both Jack and Rose could have fit on that door…and that’s one of the reasons that engineer and historian Phil Barker is bringing his illustrated talk on TITANIC: The Truth Behind the Myths to the University Club of Albany at 141 Washington Ave. tomorrow at 5:30 p.m.

(Click here to register; you have until just before midnight to do so).

Barker has long been a student of the tragic Titanic. His presentation approaches the vessel and its history in ways that will appeal to people from a variety of backgrounds and provide broader context for the well-worn storyline.

He’ll share rare photographs of the opulent interiors for architectural historians, provide technical details of the ship’s design relevant to engineers, and discuss health and safety regulations from the annals of maritime law. He’ll even discuss elements of the Academy Award-winning 1997 film “Titanic,” written and directed by James Cameron.

Relying on seldom-seen, high-resolution glass plate negatives, Barker is bringing a high-definition projector and large screen along with a stereo sound system to deliver a memorable multi-media experience. The images of the Titanic and her sister ship, the Olympic, are sourced from the National Museum of Northern Ireland’s Harland and Wolff Collection. Here’s a preview…

(First class suite bedroom B60 on the Titanic).

(The Olympic and Titanic had the largest and most advanced electrical power generation plant ever put on a ship when they entered service in 1911 and 1912. Main electrical switchgear panel on the RMS Olympic pictured).

(The first class Smoking room on the RMS Olympic, identical in style to Titanic’s).

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