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0 Visit to Sea City Museum, Southampton Part 2 - "Gateway to the World"& Dino Fest

3 Feb 2016 | 06:30:00

Southampton . 2015 . Jul 31


This post is part of our Baltic Cruise + Southampton 2015 Trip Report and Itinerary. Do check out the full itinerary and our reviews here

The other permanent exhibit at the SeaCity Museum other than the Southampton’s Titanic Story was ‘Gateway to the World’,  a unique historical collection that recounts the stories of people who have departed from or arrived at the port of Southampton over the span of the last 200,000 years.



Though not as interesting or extensive as the Southampton’s Titanic Story, Gateway to the World is still worth a visit.  It is after all, already covered by the very expensive admission ticket to the SeaCity Museum.


Imagine travelling by log boats vs a cruise line.  Apparently, such log boats were used by earlier travellers who could no more than carry a few things with them.


This boat was made by a single tree trunk. The pattern of rings running through the truck showed the tree was felled between 600-700AD, that’s almost close to 3000 years ago!


The evolution of transport from log boats to luxury cruise liners.  I guess there are benefits of living in the modern world - at least I get to travel in style.


The part that we liked the most in this exhibition - the ship models!

    
Other than the two permanent exhibitions on display, there is a special exhibition which changes periodically.  It is covered under the full museum entry price of 9.50 pounds, but is also available for entry without the permanent exhibition at a slightly lower price of 5 pounds.


Our visit happened to coincide with the dinosaurs special exhibits.
 

We’ve seen so many dinosaurs exhibits at various museums and amusement parks - the latest being the one at London’s Natural History Museum.  This one at the SeaCity Museum is very small comparatively, but is quite comprehensive.

   
The egg of an elephant bird (whatever that is, I cannot imagine.  Think along the lines of an flying elephant?).  The eggs of the elephant bird is the biggest of any animal on record.  At 9 litres in volume, they are about the equivalent of 200 chicken eggs.

     
The cafeteria cum souvenir shop at the SeaCity Museum is a little disappointing. Even a shopaholic like me can’t seem to find anything to buy.

 
Join us next as we finally embark on our Princess Cruise to the Baltic sea.

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0 Visit to Sea City Museum, Southampton Part 1 - The Titanic Story

31 Jan 2016 | 13:03:00

Southampton . 2015 . Jul 31


This post is part of our Baltic Cruise + Southampton 2015 Trip Report and Itinerary. Do check out the full itinerary and our reviews here

Few people ever knew that the famous Titanic that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean on its maiden voyage to New York actually departed from Southampton, UK.  This tragic incident is remembered in the city of Southampton and is now immortalised in the form of a permanent exhibition at the SeaCity Museum.



Since we were in Southampton city for a few days and had free time on hand, we decided to pay the SeaCity Museum a visit.  Southampton city is really small, even the SeaCity Museum is within walking distance from our dwelling place at Ibis Southampton Centre.  At 9.50 pounds (about SGD $19) per adult entry, this attraction does not come cheap.

 
The museum has two permanent exhibitions, one dedicated to Southampton's Titanic Story, and the other on the city's role as gateway to the world. During our visit, there was also a temporary exhibition on dinosaurs.

The first exhibits shows the full listing of the crew of the Titanic, many of which had just a name but no faces.


The prominent crew of the Titanic.  Some survived the disaster, some didn’t.


The captain of the Titanic.  Those who watched the movie ‘Titanic’ would be familiar with him.


A feel of what Southampton city looked like back in the time of the Titanic in the 1900s.


Some of the artefacts of the time of the Titanic.

 
And a recreation of the furniture and fashion of those times.


The Titanic was the largest ship afloat at the time it entered service, and was the second of three Olympic class ocean liners operated by the White Star Line.


The Titanic’s older sister, the Olympic was the longest serving in the Olympic class line, serving a career spanning 24 years, before it was retired in 1934.  Unfortunately, the Titanic’s younger sister, the Britannic also sank, some four years after the Titanic.

Some of the parts of the Olympic, which are very similar to that of the Titanic are now on display at the SeaCity Museum.


The telephone that crew used on the Titanic to communicate with each other.  Looks like a robot on closer look, doesn’t it?


Bad omen for the Titanic.  As it leaves its port at Southampton for its maiden voyage to New York, it nearly collides with another liner called New York.  It seemed like a premonition of what was to come.

 
A peep into the daily life on board the Titanic.

I hope our breakfast at Princess Cruises will be better than this.


Even utensils, room keys, menus and tickets are on display.



Imagine the amount of food that had to be loaded onto the Titanic to feed the entire 2000 over crew and passengers!


The promenade deck was where passengers could lounge and relax, very much like what we still have on board luxury cruise lines nowadays.


The bridge of the Titanic is where the command centre is.  This sounds a little eerie because most things here have a parellel that can be drawn with the cruise ship that we were boarding the next day - the Caribbean Princess.


One of the most fun place in the SeaCity Museum is the boiler room, a room that emulates the real work of coal workers who work tireless round the clock to power the Titanic.  Have a go at firing the boilers!


This is my favourite part of the exhibition - the Grand Staircase on board the Titanic.


This was what a 2nd class cabin looked back in the real Titanic.

   
Fortunately, our cabin on the Caribbean Princess is not going to be as small as this! Otherwise, I can’t imagine enduring a 10 day trip to the Baltic Seas!

The Titanic disaster, a story-telling minute by minute.


The official inquiry into the sinking of the Titanic.  One of the most grand and the best part of the SeaCity Museum.


The inquiry saw surviving crew and passengers giving evidence.  The words heard in this exhibit came directly from the court transcript.


A map that occupies the entire floor with red dots indicating the exact home addresses of those in Southampton who perished in the Titanic disaster.  Only by looking at this map full of red dots does one realise the great impact the disaster had on families of Southampton.


An insight into the lives of those who survived or perished.


One survived, one chose to sink with the ship.


News of the Titanic sinking reaches home at Southampton.


Disaster becomes fact.  A sample death certificate of those who perished, including those who were missing at sea.


That concludes Part 1 of our review of the SeaCity Museum. Stay tuned as we continue to explore the SeaCity Museum in our next article.              

This post is part of our Baltic Cruise + Southampton 2015 Trip Report and Itinerary. Do check out the full itinerary and our reviews here.


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