Titanic Exhibit Des Moines IA Science Center


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Mindy Deckard

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I recently went to the Des Moines Science Center's exhibit and IMAX movie. It was a wonderful showing and the smaller venue makes for an easier time seeing it. If there are any Titanic enthusiasts out there who live in the Midwest this is a great venue to start at. (It is the one with the giant iceberg, not the one with the railing)

Although this was also the smallest of the exhibits that I have seen.

Although the one thing that sticks out in my mind...the people that worked the exhibit kept saying "the worst ship wreck in the history of the world." I asked the girl what she thought of the Empress of Ireland disaster a few years later...

She had the audacity to tell me that the Empress wasn't as important of a ship and that, and I quote, "no one cared about that ship like the Titanic...and more people died on the Titanic anyway..."

Stupid people should not be in charge of these exhibits.
 

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Mindy, I wonder, in regards to the comment made about the Empress of Ireland: "no one cared about that ship like the Titanic...".
How about the various persons who had family and friends on the Empress.

That particular guide should visit a local Salvation Army center and see what they have on the Empress of Ireland tragedy.
I remember being at a THS-sponsored observance of the Empress of Ireland tragedy during the 1999 Heritage Tour VI: the Salvation Army in Rimouski sent several of their members to the service at Saint Luce Catholic Church (a planned boat trip to the area of the sinking was called off).
Also, in July 2003, Jason Tiller and I visited the Salvation Army Center in Northern Toronto, and we met one gentleman whose grandparents died on the Empress; that man's brother met the THS group in Quebec City (coincidentally the two of us met while watching the QE2 dock; our vantage point was the Dufferin Terrace observation area; I also arrived, separately, in Quebec City, after passing on the QE2 Excursion) in October 1999, and joined us for the Land tour portion from Quebec City to Rimouski.

His family, and the relatives of the 121 Toronto-area victims would definitely take issue with that local exhibit guide.
 

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I wonder what they would make of the Dona Paz or the Wilhelm Gustloff?

How many of us remember the Dona Paz disaster referred to as "The Asian Titanic"? That was based on the large number of casualties in that calamity.

Re the Wilhelm Gustloff: I think that is considered, overall, the worst shipping disaster, regardless of the fact that it was due to a WWII military action.
My first thought about it: "That's equal to five Titanics", as regards the casualty figures.

Now evidence suggests that close to 9,616 people died on that night in January 1945. That's hardly something to be dismissed as "no one cared about that ship like the Titanic".​
 

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One last item: I remember when a friend of mine joined me in a visit to the Caucus Room of the Russell Senate Office Building.
A woman near us piped up "The first Senate hearing held in this room was the WATERGATE HEARINGS". My friend and I made sure to set this person straight (not only the Titanic hearings, but the Teapot Dome scandal of the 1920s, and a 1930s hearing on Wall Street practices, chaired by then-Missouri Senator Harry S. Truman); just wonder how many other people have been led to believe that person's statement.
 
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>>How many of us remember the Dona Paz disaster referred to as "The Asian Titanic"? That was based on the large number of casualties in that calamity. <<

4,341 according to the information on that website and this may well be a spectacular underestimate. It's all too common in that part of the world to stuff as many people as possible on board the vessel without bothering to list them on the paperwork. All it took was money in your hands to get aboard. Nothing much has changed since then. It's still a common denominator in any number of recent ferry accidents we discuss right on this forum.
 

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quote:

"the worst ship wreck in the history of the world."

How little these people know.

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"no one cared about that ship like the Titanic...and more people died on the Titanic anyway..."

I take great issue with that comment. Tell that to the many still living relatives of the disaster and then watch their reaction! If it were me, I'd give her a piece of my mind and then personally escort her to the cemetery here where several victims are buried, and after that it would be the exhibit that John was referring to.

I agree, people such as that should not be working at the exhibits.​
 

Mindy Deckard

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This goes a little bit more in the "Confessional" post on this site...but unfortunately there are people in this world that think that the Titanic was the only ship to ever sink...or rather the only one of importance. This was yet another case that proves this.
 
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