An exhibit featuring artifacts from the Titanic docks in Montreal

From The Canadian Press


A travelling exhibit showcasing hundreds of salvaged artifacts from the Titanic has docked in Montreal.

The show, which runs until April 2009, incorporates artifacts from the vessel and replicates sections of the ship.

Viewers can admire the grand staircase, peer into first-and third-class quarters, walk down the halls and discover the personal stories of passengers on board the doomed ship.

"The visitors become actors, part of the show," said Serge Grimaux, one of the promoters of the event.

Grimaux and business partner Paul Matte bought and refurbished a former cinema in the downtown Eaton Centre to run a series of 'edutainment' exhibits, of which Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, is the first.

The exhibit has been seen by more than 22 million visitors worldwide, but viewers will learn that the tragedy of the Titanic is partly a Canadian - and a Montreal - tale.

The ocean liner sank on April 15, 1912, 722 kilometres off Newfoundland's coast.

Because of the tragedy's proximity to Canadian shores, the passenger office of the Montreal Ocean Steamship Company picked up the ship's first distress signal and the city's papers scooped the world with news of the disaster.

The city also has a large number of Titanic-related graves, and 30 Montrealers were on board the ill-fated luxury liner.

Titanic Treasure artefacts personal collection Ken Marschall Montreal