The Big Piece


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Hello everybody. As we all very well know they raised a huge chunk of the hull that I think ran along the C and D deck levels. I remember Dateline NBC doing a documentary about the successful mission to raise the piece. Does anyone know where to get this documentary on video? I think I have the one where they try to "drag" the piece to land and loose it, and I'd like to have the one where they finally get it up just to complete that chapter in the Titanic story as far as my collection goes. If anyone knows anything it'd be greatly appreciated. Thanks!!

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Eric Longo

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Hello,
I watched those specials - all I recall was it bending quite badly when dropped/placed on deck
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I saw the piece in Atlantic City - I still have my ticket stub. I, and everyone else I guess, had an invitation to see it in Boston when it first arrived, and then in New York, and then I got tired of venue changes and tuxedo rentals and gave up. I have mixed feelings about recovery, but as it was already there I saw no harm in looking - and touching that davit
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(though I could do without the selfish experience and prefer the thing was left where it was placed as a result of the disaster). There certainly seems to be a double standard when it comes to recovery - Lusitania seems to be treated quite differently. While it was a thrill to see Lusitania's whistle in New York in 2001/2 - wreck sites often remind me of certain liner related photo albums I took apart when I first started collecting and did not know better. In other words, I wish I had left them as they were because I have since learned that I irretrievably discarded valuable information embedded in things as simple as the placement and order of photographs in the album and other little things now lost due to my ignorance at the time - so for me I guess those things are better off as they came to rest on the ocean floor. We are still learning I think - no time to take pages out of the text book that can't be put back. As for its ageing and decomposition - it will be reclaimed despite any efforts. I will admit, when I saw the big piece my first thought was - what must the rest look like? Where is it? It was VERY out of context. I prefer photographic "recovery" - perhaps akin to the hunter trading gun for camera?

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Seeing the Big Piece in person, in my opinion, was far greater experience than looking at it in a photograph. A examination of the Big piece told us the inner rib configuration, details of the portholes, the way in which the plates overlapped, partition design, details of the paint, the manner of the rusticle growth, the manner in which the wreck is dissolving, etc, etc, etc.
Plus people viewing the Big Piece have the chance to be closer to that part of Titanic than most Titanic passengers were when they sailed her.
Most people are not in a postion to visit the wreck in person- so the recovery and exhibition of the Big Piece and other artifacts in effect brings Titanic to the people.



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Tarn, you were actually on that expedition when the Big Piece was brought up, weren't you? I seem to recall a photograph of you next to it as it lay on the deck.

I'll never forget seeing the Big Piece and knowing who was in the cabins behind those portholes...it was an overwhelming experience that completely took me by surprise. I hadn't anticipated the emotional response I had upon seeing it. I broke down and wept, falling to my knees from the emotion that swept over me. It didn't even matter that the room was full of people watching me. I've spent my whole life since the age of 8 studying the ship and its passengers and crew, and many know the reasons why this ship has been important in my life - for helping me learn how to survive terrible events in my own life - so although I'm also torn on the issue of salvage - this was one moment of my life I will never forget, and I'll always be grateful to George Tulloch for bringing the Big Piece to land for one such as me to see it.

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...knowing who was in the cabins behind those portholes...

Hi,
weren't these cabins were vacant during the final voyage? This is what the display said when I saw the piece in Atlantic City, and there are several references here at ET about these rooms being unoccupied.
I do think it was a shame the piece was cut up - "necessary" or not. Does anyone collect the invitations for the cruise to see it raised the first time ( I passed
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), or the invites to the receptions in Boston and NY? I cancelled immediately when it sank and got my $ back. I still have all the various invitations/tickets, confirmations, brochures, letters and videos I was swamped with.

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Hi,
a "large section of hull" was on display in Atlanta in Dec. 2004 - but which half of the big piece(s) was actually shown I don't know.

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Hi Kyrila!
No, I was not on Expedition 1998.

I was working on shore at the Boston Titanic exhibit, which recieved the Big Piece from the wrecksite, and put it on display..

Bill Willard, who sometimes postes on ET, was on the expedition 98'.


Historic accounts suggest cabins C-79 and C-81 were in fact unoccupied, but the attached D deck partition- once part of the first class galley, no doubt was seen and touched by the many people who worked hard to make the sumptuous meals for Titanic's passengers.

Once the exhibit in Boston concluded, the D deck portion of the Big Piece was cut off...It was done for several reasons- the Big Piece was a bit unstable, and displaying up vertically again would have been dangerous..It had the habit of creaking and groaning when on the scaffolding.

Cutting off the D deck portion also made it easier to transport, and they could now display the Big Piece, or parts therof, in two cities at once.
I for one wish it had been left whole...


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Tarn Stephanos
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Jeffrey Beaudry

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Just out of curiosity, where is the Big Piece(s) now?
 
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Apparently, the big piece of the "big piece" is in Las Vegas, NV. Exhibits have just closed in Baltimore, MD and Harrisburg, PA. An exhibit opens in St. Louis in November. Here's the info from the RMS Titanic web site about Las Vegas:

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
March 25 - October 31, 2005
Tropicana Resort & Casino
Tropicana Pavilion
3801 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 739-2411

VISIT THE EXHIBITION THAT HAS BEEN SEEN BY MORE THAN 15 MILLION PEOPLE WORLDWIDE!

Marvel at over 200 hundred artifacts brought from the depths of the North Atlantic, including the largest piece of the Titanic ever recovered. View re-created rooms that put you in the drama, allowing you to experience that night of April 14, 1912 when Titanic journeyed into history.

There is another exhibit coming to Athens, Greece in October. Robert H. Gibbons
 

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I know this was asked earlier in the post but since 5 years have past does anyone know on which documentary they show the big piece being brought up and taken in to harbor
 
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