According to the Mirror, a huge part of the Titanic’s history has been discovered after being classed as ‘lost’ for as many as 100 years. The plaque, which is believed to have been given to the original builder of the ship following construction, can now be seen in Spain.
But how did this artefact just ‘turn up’?
Well, the owner of an art gallery in Granada purchased the plaque; completely unaware of the significance it bore, he claimed he acquired it to simply “decorate his room.”
At first, Leo Sancho didn’t come to terms with the artefact’s place in history, nor did his grandfather, who is a collector. His grandfather actually refused to purchase the plaque, thinking it had no value.
The story behind this crucial piece of history started when it was given to Lord Williams James Pirrie, an Irish shipbuilder, in 1912 as part of a ceremony. At this time, the ship had just been crafted, and the plaque calls the Titanic the “Queen of the ocean”.
Incredibly, the original electrics, which light up part of the plaque to display an image of the ship, are still in-tact.
The artefact was later buried under clutter until it popped up in Barcelona, where Leo purchased it.
Although his grandfather advised against buying the plaque, Leo himself was intrigued by the story of the Titanic.
Today, the plaque sits in an exhibition at the science park in Grenada and has been nicknamed “the star attraction” of “Titanic, the Reconstruction”.
So, now this crucial piece of ship history has been revealed, how can individuals who aren’t too familiar with the story learn about the tragedy?
Well, here at Legends of the North, we run Titanic Tours, where you can discover the rise and heartbreak of the Titanic. See our site for more details.