Lifeboat believed to be from Titanic on display starting Saturday

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EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – A lifeboat believed to be from the Titanic will be on exhibit at Silver Moon Antiques in the Shore Mall beginning Saturday, Oct. 22 to help raise funds for the Absecon Lighthouse.

In December of 2007, Absecon Lighthouse came into possession of a donated Titanic exhibit, which included a Titanic-era original Harland and Wolff Lifeboat, circa 1909, believed to be one of the Titanic lifeboats.

The boat matches the description from the official British enquiry of the Titanic disaster.  The Carpathia, the ship that rescued Titanic survivors, brought 13 Titanic lifeboats back to New York.  Although the fate of the boats is unclear, they may have been put back into service aboard other White Star liners.  The boat could potentially be the only lifesaving boat from the Titanic in existence today.

Twentieth Century Fox purchased the boat in 1930, believing it was from the Titanic, notes a press release from the lighthouse.  It was used as a movie prop in several films including Alfred Hitchcock’s “Lifeboat” in 1944, the 1953 “Titanic” starring Clifton Webb and Barbara Stanwyck, “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” with Debbie Reynolds in 1964, and more.

When Tony Sentore, owner of Silver Moon Antiques, became aware of the lifeboat being stored under a tarp at Absecon Lighthouse, he offered to provide a more secure location from the natural elements.  The artifact warranted a better storage situation, and Absecon Lighthouse is grateful for the new venue in which to study the lifeboat.

A small donation is requested to view the exhibit, with proceeds benefiting educational programs and preservation efforts at Absecon Lighthouse.

Dr. David Allen of the State University of New York Maritime College will be leading a team of researchers to determine if the lifeboat is an actual Titanic artifact.

Also on display will be photographs of the underwater exploration of the Titanic wreck, two lifejackets from the movies mentioned above, and real-life stories and photographs of victims and survivors of Titanic.

The display is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. A press conference is scheduled for 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21 at Silver Moon.

For details call (609) 449-1360.


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