Southampton restores Titanic Engineers Memorial with a ceremony today, marking the bravery of the engineers who died when the ill-fated RMS TITANIC sank 98 years ago, en route to New York, after colliding with an iceberg. The memorial was originally unveiled in 1914 by Sir Archibald Denny, president of the Institute of the Marine Engineers, an estimated 100,000 people attended in Southampton’s Andrews Park. The memorial was designed and built by Whitehead & Son of the Imperial Works, London and funded by international donations.
The restoration project is a joint initiative between the Southampton city council and an independent company Twenty Twenty Television which is filming a series about the ship.
Southampton Councilor John Hannides was reported to say, “When the ship sank, 549 people from Southampton tragically lost their lives and hundreds of families in the city were directly affected.”
“I think I speak for the majority in recognising the heroism and sacrifice of the ship’s engineers, who remained at their posts until the bitter end, keeping the lights working so that passengers had a chance of finding their way to the lifeboats.”
Twenty Twenty Television is making a new landmark series for Channel 4 called “We Built Titanic”, exploring the Edwardian industrial era that produced the vessel. The last episode will focus on Southampton, and will investigate the impact the Titanic disaster had on the families of the city.