DescriptionA Ticket Stub from the Launching of the R.M.S. Titanic at the Harland & Wolff Shipyard, May 31, 1911
3-1/8 inches high x 1-3/4 inches wide (7.9 x 4.4 cm) (ticket)
4 inches high x 3-1/2 inches wide (overall)
Bonhams, Fine Maritime Paintings and Decorative Arts, 5 June 2013, Lot 127.
Property from the Estate of Charles Schalebaum
This ticket stub was part of a two-part ticket that would have admitted a guest to the launch ceremony of the R.M.S. Titanic on May 31, 1911 at the Harland & Wolff shipyard in Belfast, Ireland. An estimated crowd of 100,000 people gathered to witness the launch, and numbered tickets such as the present example (471) admitted guests to custom-built stands to clear vantage points. Tickets were sold to dignitaries and the general public, with proceeds donated to Belfast hospitals. It took an estimated 22 tons of lubricant (in the form of tallow, oil, and soap) to facilitate Titanic's smooth journey into the water. The 882 ft. ship was launched into the Victoria Channel in Belfast Lough from a slipway, taking only 62 seconds to complete the journey. At the time of her launch, Titanic weighed 24,360 tons, to be increased to 46,328 tons once fitted with funnels, engines, boilers, and interior furnishings. The White Star Line, as operators, declined to christen vessels, instead leaving the ceremony at the discretion of a ship's owners. In a break from maritime tradition, the owner of Titanic, J.P. Morgan and the International Mercantile Marine Company, declined to christen the ship--one of many circumstances later considered to have placed the vessel in peril.
Ref: The Titanic Commutator, Vol. 16, No. 1, May-July 1992, p. 26-28.
Ticket glued to cardstock mount, in good condition.
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