For the first and only time, the largest collection of remaining RMS Titanic life jackets will be on display from July 1 through December 2019 at the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
“This is a stunning, world-exclusive exhibit, and we’re extremely proud to bring it to Pigeon Forge and to millions of our Titanic followers,” said Mary Kellogg, president, COO and co-owner of the museum. “There are only 12 known RMS Titanic life jackets left in the world, out of the 3,000 that were on board the ship. For the first time anywhere, six of these priceless artifacts will be on display at the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge.”
According to Kellogg, the life jackets gave hope to the hopeless passengers aboard the doomed ship, and their stories are worth telling.
“The stories these life jackets will tell are remarkable,” said Kellogg. “During this rare event, our Titanic crew will speak for them by unveiling their history, for the first time.”
Aboard the Titanic, there were enough life jackets to protect all 2,208 passengers and crew on board, but not enough lifeboats to save them all. The life jackets were made of hard cork and canvas, which proved to be dangerous for many of those who were forced to jump off the ship and into the water. Unfortunately for those on board the Titanic, a life boat drill was never held. It was scheduled, however the Captain of the ship cancelled it the day before.
“Beyond this special media unveiling, the public is encouraged to plan ahead if they want to be among the first to witness this major Titanic Museum Attraction display,” said Kellogg.
The Titanic Museum Attraction opens daily at 9 a.m. Reservations are strongly suggested and can be made online or over the phone at (800) 381-7670. To learn more, visit TitanicPigeonForge.com.