How the Arrival Would Have Appeared
This signal event will mark the opening of a larger series of displays and gatherings, which will look at a broad range of social, cultural, and technical issues that figured in the great ship’s misadventure and are still relevant. The project will invite participants to give expression to the historic tragedy through multiple programs and venues.
For the more technically minded, the exhibition will include a description of how the ship was constructed, followed by a forensic study of the catastrophic sequence of hull failure after the collision. It will also examine the ship’s turning characteristics to identify alternative maneuvers that First Officer William Murdoch could have used to reduce hull damage or avoid collision altogether. The project will explore the ill-considered action to open a gangway door near the waterline, hoping to load passengers into the lifeboats but only accelerating the rate of sinking. Also to be considered are the contradictory actions of the nearest ships, Carpathia and Californian, one of which raced 58 miles through the same dangerous ice conditions in response to TITANIC’s distress signal, while the other stopped apparently in distant view of the unfolding disaster.
Rescue vs. Witness
To complement the exhibit, the project will incorporate poetry, dance, music, and possibly a documentary film. Convergence of The Twain, penned by Thomas Hardy two weeks after the tragedy, could be presented to illustrate the futility of the disaster. A dance piece could be choreographed for Songe d’Automne, the last melody played by the band as the vessel foundered. The Jane Hotel, where the survivors were housed in 1912, Pier 59 Studio, and other related venues might host these creative events and works of art.
About Charles Deroko, Director
"Raised in Hell’s Kitchen on the West Side of Manhattan in the 1950s and 1960s," Charles says, "I was fascinated by the transatlantic liners that lined the waterfront at Ocean Liner Row. They, and the great steam tugs that routinely tied up to take on feed water, decided my future.
"My interest in Titanic began when my father, a machinist and amateur artist, bought Walter Lord’s 1955 book, A Night to Remember, the first accurate account of the disaster. I was taken with the dust jacket illustration of Titanic headed for the iceberg and immediately made my own rendering. That clearly recalled moment was the genesis of a lifelong interest in the ship, her people, and her technical characteristics.
"After I was discharged from the service in early 1972, I worked doing light salvage, then gravitated to marine towing, where I spent 20 years with an independent towing company and earned my Master of Towing license. During that same period, I worked restoring historic sailing and powered vessels and became well-versed in the manner of their design and construction.
"Incorporated as an independent marine surveyor in 1998, I sub-contracted as field surveyor with a number of national naval architectural firms and continue to provide inspection and consultation services for local naval architects and various maritime museums. I am semi-retired and live in Brooklyn."
We want to bring a section of Titanic’s hull to Manhattan as the centerpiece of an exhibit that will incorporate the performing arts.
A Quiet Sea is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of A Quiet Sea must be made payable to “Fractured Atlas” only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
We're looking for other people or organizations interested in the Titanic:
- - Artists with artwork, schematics, or diagrams to display online or in live venues
- - Museums, gallery owners, and studios willing to display or support creative works about the Titanic
- - Musicians, dancers, and performance artists with pieces related to the Titanic
- - Simulators or 3D models related to the Titanic
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (917) 673-7546.
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Prof. Kellie Carter Jackson