Southampton the memorials.
Ashley`s Southampton Guide.
A Visitors Titanic Guide.
On your arrival in Southampton follow the signs for " Old Town / waterfront ".
Leave Town Quay then turn left or cross the road and follow the old town wall, past French Street and opposite the Royal Pier , on your right you will see the The Maritime Museum / `The Wool House` (Closed down 2011 Titanic artefacts now displayed in `Sea City http://www.seacitymuseum.co.uk/)
You will no doubt want to see the Titanic exhibit first so head straight for the stairs ( opposite the entrance not the ones to the left ), and take a deep breath before you reach the top, as the first thing you will see is "Honour and Glory Crowning Time" , the centre piece of the Grand stairs , from Titanics sister ship Olympic ( carved by Charles Wilson ). It sent a shiver down my spine the first time that I saw it , just stood and stared at it for ages.
The exhibition includes many items from the survivors of the disaster such as a watch which stopped at approximately 2:20 am
Letter written by Captain Smith`s steward Arthur Paintin (lost). As seen on display in Southampton`s maritime museum.
On board Titanic , Queenstown ________________________________________________________11/4/12
Dear mother and father,
........ I am sorry I could not get to Oxford, for we have now commenced the quick voyages all summer ( bar accidents ). I say that because the Olympic`s bad luck seems to follow us , for as we came out of ........
I`ll not list any more items as the real pleasure of the exhibition is in the discovery of the wide range of Titanic related artifacts. So you will just have to go and see for yourselves.
After looking around the museum, have a look at their gift/bookshop which is well stocked with one or two books that I`ve not seen anywhere else. Here you will also be able to pick up your free copy of " Walk Southampton`s Titanic Trail",which I used as my guide around the memorials. Also worth getting is the photocopied leaflet " Titanic Southampton and district information sheet " ( 30p ), which contains a more detailed list of the memorials.
Holyrood Church Memorial.
On leaving the Maritime Museum turn left pass French Street , turn left into High Street until you come to Holyrood Church. ( on your right at the junction of Bernard Street.)
All images (except SHmuseum/bargate ) © Ashley (Runt) 1999.