On April 10th, 1912, the Titanic set sail out of “Southampton, England” on its maiden voyage.
At the time, it was the largest and most advanced ship ever built.
And, on April 15th, 1912, at 2:20 a.m., the Titanic sank.
It is now August 31st, 2021, and I am visiting the “Titanic Museum” located in “Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.”
I had to make a reservation to visit.
I’m not sure if that is the standard protocol or if it’s because of COVID.
I made my reservation for 2 p.m., thinking it wouldn’t be too busy during that time.
It wasn’t too busy, plus they only allow so many people into the museum at one time.
I, along with many other people, wore a mask while inside.
All employees are dressed as Crew Members and are called “Crew Members” while inside the museum.
I’ll go ahead and tell you that I won’t be able to describe the museum adequately, and they do not allow for pictures to be taken while inside.
However, I will do my best to describe it using the notes I took.
Yes, I took notes. If I can’t take pictures, I’ll take notes.
I opened Microsoft Word on my Smart Phone and began typing away.
The museum is divided up into several sections.
Many sections are an exact replica of a Room or Hallway on the “Titanic.”
Inside, they have actual items that got recovered from the Titanic.
Some items were found floating during the recovery efforts when the Titanic sank, while other items were recovered many years later during Research and Recovery Expeditions.
I learned many things that I did not know about the Titanic until today.
For example, there were two Millionaire Suites on the Titanic.
Each Suite had two Bedrooms, a private Kitchen, Living Room, and Bathroom.
The Suites had an electric fireplace and electricity as well.
In today’s money, a one-way ticket in the Millionaire Suite would cost 125,000.00 Dollars.
They have an exact replica of the “Grand Staircase.”
It was interesting to find out that the flooring they used in the Grand Staircase was called “Millionaire Flooring.” I’m told it was called that because it was so versatile.
Today, we just call it linoleum.
One section is shaped like the “Wheelhouse,” which is where the Captain steered the ship.
In front of the wheelhouse is a section containing seawater kept at 28 degrees — the temperature of the sea the night the Titanic sank.
Visitors are encouraged to dip their hands in the seawater to see just how cold the sea was the night the ship sank.
—It was freezing cold.
Seawater freezes at 28.4 degrees which is why the waters were icy.
Music was playing overhead as I toured around the museum.
It wasn’t “My Heart Will Go On,” but it was similar.
As I walked into one section, they had a 115-year-old piano in the middle of the room with a crew member playing the music of 1912.
I stood at the piano and listened as he played. It was beautiful music.
However, he did play “My Heart Will Go On,” which was also beautiful on the piano.
One section has a replica of a standard “Third Class Cabin.”
Truthfully, I thought the Third Class Cabin looked good enough for me, but I also enjoy staying at cheap motels.
It is an audio-guided tour.
They have one audio tour for adults and a separate audio tour for children.
I highly recommend checking out the “Titanic Museum” if you’re in “Pigeon Forge, Tn.”
Plan on staying for two hours.
Oh, and, Bring your children, too.
That’s all for now.