Sunday, August 11, 2013

Titanic Textiles

While here in Ireland, I took a train to Belfast to visit the site where the Titanic was built. It was a neat experience. The dock where it was built was specifically for the Titanic, though it has since been the site of other great ship assemblies.

Titanic was built in Belfast, Ireland. This was a convenient location as York, Ireland was the largest linen manufacturer in the world at the time. It was even referred to as "Linenopolis." This mill manufactured all linens, and most textiles, including carpet, for the Titanic.
The titanic did not have the capability to wash soiled linens. It had to carry enough bed linens, towels, tablecloths and napkins for the entire duration of the journey. This included 45,000 linen napkins, 18,000 linen bed sheets, and 32,500 linen towels for its 3,500 passengers and crew.
All the linens on Titanic were embroidered with the White Star emblem.

The designs on these linens were unique to the White Star line of luxury ships.
The Titanic and everything about it actually makes me really sad and I don't really like to talk about it or watch movies about it or whatever. . .  But I just thought I'd share some fun things I learned at the Titanic museum.
Enjoy! Happy Sunday!

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