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lifeboat
For museums,
FREE doesn't mean
without costs.


At a recent Titanic Historical Society event, a crowd awaited the unveiling of this collapsible lifeboat. The replica is indeed impressive and will be a highlight in the new museum. Seeing a large life-size object up close like this boat or a liner's anchor helps visitors to envision how big these ocean mammoths were.

Paul Louden-Brown described the challenges that every museum encounters with new acquisitions. An acquisition, the event guests learned was only the beginning. Ed Kamuda addressed the gathering: "A couple of years ago 20th Century Fox contacted the THS inquiring if we were interested in a lifeboat...."

The crowd applauded loudly and he continued, "It was a loan, free, the only thing THS had to pay was the cost of shipping...and being a collapsible, there was less of a chance it would be needed... The other Titanic lifeboats were used in the recent movie, Pearl Harbor.

Cross country transport was over $7,000; a vehicle was necessary to unload then transfer to a boatyard. The cost of a boat trailer, storage, repair and rebuilding totaled between $12 - 13,000. Of course this doesn't include outfitting with oars, sails, lifejackets, hardware or items a lifeboat requires or its maintenance. The point Ed got across was "free" doesn't mean there are no costs and some THS members realized for the first time what preservation means.

Read More about The Titanic Historical Society's efforts at preservation....