With less than two days left on their journey, Titanic’s passengers began to look forward to their arrival in New York. Despite several ice warnings received throughout the day, Titanic steamed into the moonless night near top speed.
The galleries that memorialize the night of April 14, 1912 tell the story of Titanic’s sinking in great detail. Visitors experience the Ship’s boiler rooms, where Titanic’s hardest work was done, and the wireless room, where ice warnings poured in throughout the day.
The culmination of the night comes in the Iceberg Gallery, where visitors come face to face with a wall of ice designed after a sketch drawn by Ship’s Lookout Frederick Fleet.
This refrigerated wall draws the humidity out of the air to create real ice. Visitors are asked to place their hands on the iceberg, giving them a sense of the frigid temperatures of the North Atlantic on the night of Titanic’s sinking. The iceberg brings to mind a sobering reality: although visitors can remove their hands from the iceberg when they feel too cold, those plunged into the icy waters did not have the luxury of that choice.