The Project

The section arriving in NYC

The intent of this enterprise is to bring the hull section of the RMS TITANIC to New York City for two years. After saluting the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, the piece will arrive at pier 59, at the foot of West 18th Street (the former White Star pier on the Hudson River) on April 17, 2023, 111 years to the day past the ship’s scheduled arrival. Upon reaching the pier, the TITANIC and those lost will have symbolically, and poignantly, completed the maiden voyage. Tug W.O. Decker image courtesy of South Street Seaport Museum

How the Arrival Would Have Appeared

Photograph shows the ship Olympic docked in New York City on the same day that the Titanic left Southhampton, England. (Source: researcher, G. Voudouris, 2015). Bain Collection, Library of Congress.
Olympic Arriving in New York City

This signal event will mark the opening of a larger series of displays and gatherings, which will look at a broad range of social, cultural, and technical issues that figured in the great ship’s misadventure and are still relevant. The project will invite participants to give expression to the historic tragedy through multiple programs and venues.

For the more technically minded, the exhibition will include a description of how the ship was constructed, followed by a forensic study of the catastrophic sequence of hull failure after the collision. It will also examine the ship’s turning characteristics to identify alternative maneuvers that First Officer William Murdoch could have used to reduce hull damage or avoid collision altogether. The project will explore the ill-considered action to open a gangway door near the waterline, hoping to load passengers into the lifeboats but only accelerating the rate of sinking.  Also to be considered are the contradictory actions of the nearest ships, Carpathia and Californian, one of which raced 58 miles through the same dangerous ice conditions in response to TITANIC’s distress signal, while the other stopped apparently in distant view of the unfolding disaster.

Many Thanks to These Supporters

Laura Bartovics
Roselyn Hirsch
Prof. Kellie Carter Jackson
Rachel Lussier
George Matteson

Rescue vs. Witness

RMS Carpathia
Rescue Ship Carpathia

Witness Ship Californian

To complement the exhibit, the project will incorporate poetry, dance, music, and possibly a documentary film. Convergence of The Twain, penned by Thomas Hardy two weeks after the tragedy, could be presented to illustrate the futility of the disaster. A dance piece could be choreographed for Songe d’Automne, the last melody played by the band as the vessel foundered. The Jane Hotel, where the survivors were housed in 1912, Pier 59 Studio, and other related venues might host these creative events and works of art.

Jane Hotel