Belfast Telegraph

Luxurious Titanic rooms recreated

The luxurious surroundings enjoyed by some of the passengers on board the doomed Titanic can be seen for the first time in almost 100 years after a team of experts recreated parts of the ship.

A trio of engineers teamed up with craftsmen around the country to take part in the project which forms the basis of a five-part Channel 4 programme called Titanic: The Mission.

They recreated a section of the first class smoking room despite there being no photographs showing what it looked like.

Instead they had to rely on black and white pictures of the same room on board the Titanic's sister ship the Olympic and a floor tile retrieved from the wreck of the ship that revealed the bright red and blue colour scheme.

More than 1,000 people died when the Titanic sank after hitting an iceberg on its maiden voyage in 1912.

The story of the ship, which was on its way from Southampton to New York, inspired countless books and films including the 1997 version starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio.

The new programme also sees the modern-day engineers use the Titanic's original plans to rebuild a 30ft section of its steel bow and a third class cabin.

They also attempt to remake the ship's 16-tonne bow anchor and take it home to Dudley, where it was originally made, using the original transportation method - a parade of 20 shire horses pulling it on a wooden cart.

:: Titanic: The Mission is on Channel 4 at 9pm on Monday September 27.

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