Each week some, if not all, of our enthusiastic 10-strong Collections Team gathers for the day and exciting things suddenly resurface. Watch this space to see what emerges over the next weeks and months!
ONE HUNDRED YEARS ON
In November a 1925 map of Arctic Lands, published in America by the National Geographic Society emerged from the depths of our ‘Arctic’ map drawer. One of our keen-eyed Team was examining this and spotted in the right-hand corner a tiny line of print. This revealed that on that particular spot the world’s largest passenger ship - the Titanic - on its maiden voyage, sank on 15 April 1912.
One hundred years and 7 months later, our RSGS Team stopped work to look. Here, shown lying to the south of the Newfoundland coast – at the small scale of map used by the cartographer it looked very close to the coast, though in fact was some 600km off - was where so many lost their lives.
One tiny line on a map, yet a poignant reminder of a geographical location where something happened which shocked the world, and continues to do so.
|A Section of the National Geographical Society's Arctic Map.|
|A close up of the marking "Titanic Sank".|
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