15 Amazing Titanic Artifacts Found In The Ship’s Wreck



The sinking of the RMS Titanic remains a tragedy of epic proportions. More than 1,500 people died when the British liner sank on her maiden voyage on April 15, 1912. It remains the deadliest sinking of an ocean liner in history and it was not until 1985 that the wreckage of the Titanic was found at the bottom of the ocean floor.

Since then there have been several salvage attempts, mostly by RMS Titanic Inc, with over 5,500 artifacts brought up from the depths. These range from people’s belongings to parts of the ship, like the Titanic’s deck bell that rang moments before the ship hit the iceberg.

If you’re fascinated by the Titanic and what explorers and salvage experts have found, read on and learn about 15 amazing Titanic artifacts found in the wreckage of the ship.

15 Amazing Titanic Artifacts Found In The Ship’s Wreck

1. Titanic Bridge Bell

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One of the most significant and historic artifacts found was the Titanic’s deck bell. It was sounded three times by the Frederick Fleet lookout minutes before the RMS Titanic crashed into the iceberg which eventually sank it.

The bell was recovered in 1987 and is on display at the Titanic Museum in Massachusetts. Although it may not be worth as much as some of the artifacts discovered, it is a very important part of the Titanic story.

2. A pair of women’s gloves

Titanic Pair of Women's Gloves

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A delicate pair of women’s gloves were recovered from the wreckage. The white gloves are weathered, as you’d expect given they’ve been underwater for nearly a century, but are still remarkably well preserved. The gloves have been on display as part of various Titanic exhibits, but in 2016 they were placed in a conservation center for safekeeping.

3. Women’s Alligator Coin Purse

Alligator skin bag among salvaged Titanic artifacts kept in a secret warehouse

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Searchers have managed to track down the owner of an alligator purse found among the wreckage of the sunken ship. Third-class passenger Marion Meanwell had the purse in her possession when the Titanic went down. Her presence on the ship was initially a tragic accident, as her original ship was canceled, so she purchased a ticket to the Titanic. She was traveling to America to live with her daughter.

In her purse, recoverers found a marriage license, a note from her landlord, and a receipt for a canary she was carrying for another relative. Unfortunately, Meanwell did not make it to the United States, perishing when the Titanic went down.

4. The violin that played while the ship sank

Violin from the wreck of the Titanic

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If you have seen James Cameron Titanic, you’ll remember the band playing as the ship sank. Well, it actually happened. As the ship slowly sank, the band performed “Nearer, My God, to Thee”. According NCCthe violin played by conductor Wallace Hartley was salvaged from the ship and somehow ended up in an attic in Britain, where it was found in 2006.

The damaged violin was authenticated through saltwater testing and eventually put up for auction. It sold for an astonishing $1.7 million to a private collector in 2013.

The saddest part of this story is that Hartley lost his life, his body being lifted from the water days after the sinking of the Titanic. His violin case was still stuck to his back, one of the rescuers having taken it away as a souvenir.

5. Perfume bottles

Titanic perfume bottle

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Another extraordinary find from the RMS Titanic Inc team was these perfume bottles found in a closed pouch. Talk with ABC News, rescue expert Dik Barton explained how “we didn’t know what we had discovered until we hit the surface.” Barton and his team opened the pouch in question and discovered that it was jam-packed with an entire lab of Edwardian perfume.

62 perfume bottles were contained in the pouch, which researchers believe belonged to a first-class passenger, a 47-year-old perfumer Adolf Saalfeld. Manchester-born Saalfeld left the samples behind when he abandoned ship. He was one of the lucky ones who managed to get to safety.

The discovery led to the creation of Legacy 1912an Eau de Parfum fragrance that is said to smell “of delicate lemon and neroli, alongside blushing rose and warm, pure amber.”

6. A menu of the ship’s last meal

Ship's Last Meal Menu

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Have you ever wondered what the guests ate on the Titanic? A menu recovered from the wreck of the Titanic detailed the long list of choices that spanned several dishes. Argenteuil Eggs, Farmhouse Consommé, and Chicken Maryland were some of the dishes first class passengers could enjoy.

The menu sold at auction for around $90,000, with auctioneer Andrew Aldridge telling the BBC, “It’s a fascinating snapshot of life on board as a first class passenger. What we have to consider is that the Titanic was considered the best restaurant afloat and this illustrates that point. There are over 40 different options for a lunch.

7. Bronze Cherub

Bronze cherub from the wreck of the Titanic

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Part of the “Titanic: The Artifacts Exhibit,” which was once housed at the Luxor Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, contained a very special item: a bronze cherub. It is believed that the cherub was part of a lamp via “the aft stairway which connected C deck to the promenade deck”.

Cherub figurines were scattered throughout Titanic, although they were mostly found along the five-tiered grand staircase.

8. 15k rose gold bracelet

Titanic Bracelet in 15k Rose Gold

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This bracelet was discovered by the RMS Titanic Inc. inside a women’s Gladstone bag. It is 15k rose gold with a silver inlay. It also has the name “Amy” written in script and encrusted with diamonds. Although the bracelet has a name, the owner has never been identified.

9. Logometer

Logometer from the wreck of the Titanic

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Many different objects have been found at the site where the Titanic sank. The one that was part of the actual ship is the logometer which was used to determine the speed at which the ship was sailing. He could also track how the ship had sailed.

It was originally part of the boiler room and recorded 268 nautical miles before the Titanic hit the iceberg and began to sink. He has been a big attraction at the Titanic Museum over the years since his arrival at the Discovery Center of Idaho.

10. Scores played by the band

Titanic sheet music

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Although they sank with the ship, the band’s scores were miraculously recovered in the North Atlantic. A sheet music for the song “Put Your Arms Around Me, Honey” has been discovered by divers. The song is from the 1910 Broadway production Madam Sherry and has been displayed in numerous Titanic exhibits over the past decade.

11. A bowler hat

Titanic bowler hat

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Salvaged in 1993, this bowler hat remains in fairly good condition considering it was found sitting on the ocean floor surrounded by wreckage from the Titanic. Not much is known about the owner of the hat, but it was a very common accessory for men at that time, and it could have been any of the hundreds of men on board.

12. Keys to access lifeboat lanterns

Titanic locker

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This special set of keys has helped save hundreds of lives. They were used by crew member Samuel Hemming to retrieve lanterns from lifeboats that helped illuminate those who abandoned ship. The room where the lanterns were was below deck, meaning Hemming risked his life to retrieve them.

Hemming survived the sinking and kept the three keys for the rest of his life. They were passed down from generation to generation before being sold to a private collector. These are not the only keys that have been auctioned, with a Titanic locker key for $100,000 in 2016.

13. A wool vest

Titanic Wool Vest

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This is another piece of clothing belonging to third class passenger William Henry Allen. Unfortunately, he died in the accident, with his vest found in a suitcase “pressed and ready to wear.” The waistcoat was one of many sold at auction by Guernsey auctioneers in 2012.

14. A piece of the hull

Titanic Shell Piece

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Nicknamed “the great room”, this large part of the Titanic’s hull was rescued from the depths of the ocean. Weighing 15 tonnes, the piece of hull was first spotted in 1994 during a salvage operation. An attempt to bring it to the surface in 1996 failed before it was successfully recovered in 1998.

Measuring 13 feet by 30 feet, the piece of brown metal was part of “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition.” “When you see it standing, you have the impression of being next to the Titanic”, said Tom ZallerVice President of Premier Exhibitions, the company responsible for exhibiting the artifact.

15. A fur coat

Titanic Fur Coat

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A beaver fur coat is one of the only objects from the Titanic found intact. It was worn by Air Hostess First Class Mabel Bennett who escaped on a lifeboat wearing only her nightgown. Someone gave her the coat to keep her warm. As The telegraph reported, it was later sold at auction for $177,000.

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