Lowell Lytle

Titanic fascinates nearly 100 years later

By Lucy Haines - Metro Edmonton

As the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic approaches, fascination with the famous shipwreck shows no signs of waning.

To that end, the Telus World of Science is hosting Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, a re-creation of life aboard the fateful ship.

Starting Saturday through to February 2012, visitors will be drawn back in time upon entry, as each gets a replica boarding pass of an actual Titanic passenger.

Passengers then journey through the life of Titanic, from the ship’s construction, to life on board, to the sinking and artifact-rescue efforts.

Lowell Lytle, who acts as Titanic’s Capt. EJ Smith, will be on hand as the exhibit opens.

“Titanic brought the wealthiest and poorest of people together for one climactic moment,” he said.

“You couldn’t make that story up.”

Lytle is one of few who has been on a salvage expedition, calling it an exciting, fearful and ultimately lonely experience.

He even uncovered one of Titanic’s seven telegraphs, used to relay commands to the engine room.

Said to be unsinkable, the Titanic hit an iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland in April 1912. More than 1,500 people died while some 700 survived the disaster.