Titanic’s Largest Recovered Artifact “The Big Piece” at Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
September 9, 2011 by VegasNews.com
Twenty six years ago this month, the wreckage of the most infamous ship in history, RMS Titanic, was discovered at the bottom of the North Atlantic. Today, the largest artifact ever recovered, appropriately called The Big Piece, can be found in an unlikely place; in the middle of the desert at Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition at Luxor, Las Vegas.
Weighing approximately 15 tons and measuring 26 by 12 feet, The Big Piece is a section of Titanic’s starboard side hull and was successfully recovered during RMS Titanic Inc.’s 1998 Expedition. It displays the extensive rivet work that went into the building of Titanic (about three million rivets were used in the Ship’s construction). Also, a part of the original support beam that attached the Big Piece to the frame of the Ship is visible on the back of the object.
True history buffs will be interested to know that the portholes visible on the Big Piece came from C Deck and were part of cabins C-79 and C-81. Although these cabins were unoccupied, nearby cabin C-83 housed New York theatrical producer Henry B. Harris and his wife Irene. Also nearby was the cabin occupied by W.T. Stead, the most famous journalist in England at the time. Irene Harris survived the sinking, but both Henry Harris and W.T. Stead lost their lives in the disaster.
Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition provides guests with the opportunity to become a passenger as they move through Exhibition galleries and view more than 20 never-before-seen authentic artifacts including gaming chips, passenger personal papers and decorative sections from Titanic’s famed Grand Staircase. Experience the Ship’s historical journey in chronological order: from the construction yards, her launch, first and third class room re-creations, the Promenade Deck, the Grand Staircase, the fated sinking, to modern day recovery efforts.
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