A museum of Titanic proportions

Trip Start Jan 06, 2011
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Trip End May 24, 2011


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Monday, March 7, 2011

Kelsey and I have enjoyed the time off in Branson this week. We've encored some of our favorite things to do and places to eat, and we've done some things we weren't able to do on our honeymoon.

Monday afternoon, we visited the Titanic museum. Our friends Caleb and Becky recommended it last year when they were in the area. We're very glad we heeded their advice! When we bought our tickets, they were boarding passes that had some information about one of the real-life passengers aboard the ship. We could then, as we toured the museum, assume the identity of that passenger. At the end, we could check the list of survivors and fatalities to see if our families would get to see us again.
Along the way, we learned a lot about how the ship was built, and about the differences between social classes of the passengers. We met and pet the official mascots of the Titanic Museum, Molly and Carter, two King Charles Spaniel puppies.
We experienced the steep slope of the main deck during three phrases of the ship's descent. We plunged our hands into water set at the temperature of the ocean around the Titanic--a frigid 28 degrees. Our hands lasted about 45 seconds before the pain was enough to back out. The passengers in the water did not have that luxury.

The Titanic Museum was one of the most informative museums I've visited recently. I learned a lot, and I bet I could go back and learn new things again.

If you were curious, Kelsey and I both survived. Kelsey, a 9-month-old third class girl, actually ended up being the last Titanic passenger to pass away, at the age of 97. I was an 11-month old 1st class boy who was being cared for by my nurse. When she became concerned that the ship was sinking, she tried to alert my parents. My father said, "Of course not, it's unsinkable." My nurse refused to leave me and, more importantly, refused to stay with the shoip any longer. Both mother and father failed to leave the ship in time to save their lives.

And her we are to tell the story. ... of our trip to the Titanic Museum in Branson, Missouri.
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