The RMS Titanic


A scrapbook of Titanic cultural items begun upon release of the movie in December 1997.
 And the adventure has just begun...
Last updated: October 29, 2000
During the opening of the film and after, RMS Titanic, Inc., held an exhibition on board the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California. The cost to enter the exhibit was $6.00 U.S. and it permitted the bearer of the ticket entry into a 20-minute movie documentary showing the recovery of items from the debris field of the Titanic and how the items were preserved and restored. The process of restoring paper items was particularly interesting.

Following the movie the audience was ushered into a room with 48 recovery items on display in glass cases. The walls held histories and photographs of the disaster itself, recovery models, and at one end there was a glass case with a 3D model of the Titanic resting site as it appears at the present time.

Titanic Exhibition Ticket

Ticket stub from Titanic: The Expedition

The items in the display cases covered a wide array of interest: silver soup tureen, dinner plates, barber's strap, ship's whistle, doctor's syringes, written passenger notes, binoculars, and wine bottles, among other items. Strangest of all were the little black boxes piled next to a cash register at one side of the exhibit.



Boxes of Titanic coal for sale.

Titanic Coal Certificate

Certificate inside black box containing sealed clear plastic pouch of Titanic coal.

It is very strange holding a piece of Titanic coal. It has a moonrock-like quality, when one holds it and realizes it spilled out of the ship as she went down and laid in the dark so many years. A number of questions present themselves:

I admit to having this piece of coal in my pocket while watching the movie. It is like I expect it to whisper secrets or something. It brings back memories I've never had, of people I never knew. Keeps the greiving and remembrance close at hand. Never to be forgotten.

The following item appeared in the Los Angeles Times January 29, 1998. If anyone has visited this museum please share memories here. At first glance it looks like what is left over at the movie location. If this is so, how permanent is this 'museum'?

Titanic Museum

Clipping from the Los Angeles Times Calendar Section, 
Thursday, January 29, 1998.

Further information from Premiere Magazine, March 1998, p. 38: 

Titanic Totems: South of the border, down Mexico way, the ship sails on in the minds of museum-goers

What can $200 million get you? In the case of Titanic, some sweet numbers at the box office, plenty of award nominations, mentions on the ten-best lists, and, more important, a museum on some desolate stretch of oceanfront in sunny Baja California. Nestled between the lizards and the cacti near Rosarito Beach is a Titanic museum, housed in one of the Fox Studios Baja soundstages where the most expensive movie ever made was filmed. Admittedly, it's a bit of a shlep, but for a mere $5 per person - or if you have the knack to barter, $5 per car - you can walk around Studio 5 and look at props from the film, among them an anchor, part of the bridge, a ship's corridor (first class, naturally), James cameron's director's chair, portions of the staterooms and the smoking room, and the boiler room set. Total elapsed time: fifteen minues (not including the making-of video, portions of which ran on HBO). What of the 90 percent-scale replica of the great ship? Nada, amigos. It was broken down and sold off as scrap metal. That's too bad, of course, but is all of this, well, legit? Absolutamente, according to Charlie Arneson, general manager at Fox Studios Baja, it's just that word has not exactly gotten around (even Fox PR in L.A. had to do some checking when asked about the museum). "We opened in May to be timed more or less with the original release," Arneson says. And when that didn't happen, they didn't publicize it in order to keep things secret. "There now seems to be enough public goodwill and interest, though," Arneson says, "to keep it afloat."

The following ad appeared for weeks in the newspaper, an intriguing idea for a benefit. I would have loved to hear the conversations more than taste the food. I was disturbed, however, when I read the description which followed later right before the dinner. They are assigning diners names of passengers? Ones who died? If so, how tacky:

Titanic Dinner Ad
Los Angeles Times, Calendar Section, Friday, February 13, 1998: 

"A Titanic Meal: If you want to experience an ill-fated meal in full detail, you'll have your chance on Sunday. the Restaurant Guild International is throwing its 12th annual chef of the year presentation at Stoney Point Bar & Grill in Pasadena. The theme is the last dinner served on the Titanic, complete with replicated dinnerware borrowed from Paramount Pictures. Paramount is also providing 50 extras in costume to add to the atmosphere. The dinner is a six-course lesson in why the English are not world cuisine trendsetters (poached salmon, cream of barley soup, asparagus salad, sorbet, filet mignon, chocolate eclairs), but each course is accompanied by a wine and all the proceeds benefit the United Way. The fare: $250 per person. 

Diners will be assigned an authentic passenger name, luggage tag, berth key and launch ticket to take hoome with them. The chef being honored is George Brown Jr. of 1717 in the Dallas Museum of Art. Cocktails begin at 6 p.m. Call the Restaurant Guild for reservations at (626) 288-5546."


Here is an ad for the IMAX re-release of Titanica. We didn't find out about it until too late to go. Seeing everything on a 6-1/2 storey screen sounds ideal. We've seen several IMAX presentations and they were okay, but a screen that size with IMAX's vertical seating would be ideal for underwater shots and for something the size of Titanic, absolutely breathtaking. If anybody saw this please let me know.  Eva Hart's family is pictured in the ad and their story is presented as part of the film. I've since seen beautiful programs and press folders from the original 1991 release, containing wonderful photographic stills. I feel really bad missing this presentation. The format sounds ideal. But what's the "95-min. or 40-min. presentation" option all about?

Titanica Poster

The back of the ad describes the presentation as follows:


TITANICA takes audiences on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure of discovery to the site of the world's most famous shipwreck. Shot during a high-risk international expedition to the North Atlantic, award-winning filmmaker Stephen Low weaves a dramatic story of a modern-day expedition. Eerie life-size images of the Titanic's wreck, described as a "Victorian haunted house," are juxtaposed with remarkable archival photographs and the poignant story of one of the last survivors.

Presented in 95-minute or 40-minute presentations.

Update September 1998: Note that the new DVD version of this documentary is not the original IMAX presentation. It is a 65-minute edit job of the 1991 IMAX film of the same name with new documentary footage narrated by Leonard Nimoy.

Marie Grice Young


by Marie Grice Young, Titanic Survivor

This narrative appeared in National Magazine, October 1912. Of all the things I've read about the Titanic so far, this has touched me the most. I am in the process of calligraphing her words into a bound,  accordian-folded book. I've selected the marbled cover and end papers, and the sea green ribbon to tie it together. This will take some time to complete, but in the end it will be the centerpiece of my personal Titanic Scrapbook. As with all works of art, you must be in love with the process. In the meantime you can follow the link above to view the on-line version I've created for this wonderful teacher who wandered all over the ship from first class to the cargo holds and kitchens.

For dreamers and soul wanderers who wonder what life was like for Rose and Jack before the Titanic and for Rose after the Titanic, their stories live on in the fan fiction site "Before and After - Stories inspired by James Cameron's Titanic."

Titanic Before and After
And don't forget to visit the story that is fast becoming a web classic, "Absolution: A Fan Fiction's Sequel to James Cameron's Titanic" brought to you by the wonderful site Countdown to Titanic.


At one time the QVC Internet Shop had a number of Titanic items for sale through their website (type titanic in their search box to see them all if there are any left). Included were replicas of jewelry from both the movie and the recovery site.

A replica of Rose's comb

Rose's Comb

And replicas of some of the jewelry recovered from the debris field

Titanic Pearl StarTitanic Pearl HeartTitanic Ribbon PinTitanic Edwardian StarTitanic Flower Heart

When I look at the jewelry I wonder, who last wore it? Who gave it to them? Did they say their good-byes on that fateful night? What secret memories do they hold that we can only dream about?


Link to Titanic Movie Souvenir Stamp Sheet

Many stamps are being issued now commemorating the Titanic, but believe it or not, there are also stamps commemorating the MOVIE! Go to Greg and Paulette's CoolStamps and check this out if you think I've lost one and am making this up. You can even join their new stamp service so you won't miss anything. Some of the historic stamps (especially the souvenir sheets) are absolutely beautiful. Can a Titanic Stamp Album be far behind?
In addition, CoolStamps is also offering the Titanic Trivia Board Game, licensed by the Titanic Historical Society.

"There are 1000 questions in 4 levels: Novice, Cruiser, Buff, and Historian. Players will be asked critical facts about the building of the ship, the ship's decor, the journey, the crew, the tragedy and the aftermath. Players from the casual movie viewer to the hard core historian will thoroughly enjoy this game."

In closing, I was so touched by what I think is Kevin J. O'Connor's uncredited recitation of 17-year-old Titanic survivor, Jack B. Thayer, Jr.'s memoirs which open and close the A&E Titanic: Death of a Dream/The Legend Lives On documentary. The first time he reads them he is Jack, the boy, who is on the Titanic. The last time he reads them, at the end of the documentary, he is Jack, the man, who survived the Titanic. Totally Kevin. Totally the best.
There was peace,
And the world had an even tenor to its ways....
Nothing was revealed in the morning,
The trend of which was not known the night before....
It seems to me that the disaster about to occur was the event,
Which not only made the world rub its eyes and awake,
But woke it with a start,
Keeping it moving at a rapidly accelerating pace ever since,
With less and less peace, satisfaction, and happiness....
To my mind the world of today awoke April 15th, 1912.

- Jack B. Thayer, Jr., Titanic Survivor
Preface to the memoir pamphlet for his family
"The Sinking of the S.S. 'Titanic' "

Titanic DVD Cover
(Video / DVD)

To date this is the extent of this olio or scrapbook of cultural items occurring during the first months of release of James Cameron's movie "Titanic."

Titanic Movie Site


 Philip Hind's Encyclopedia Titanica!
 Children of the Titanic

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