The plan is that used during the British Board of Trade enquiry into the tragic sinking of the White Star liner on 15 April 1912. It will go on display at Belfast City Hall from Saturday 23 April) until Tuesday 26 April, as part of Belfast City Council`s `Titanic 100` programme to mark the centenary of the ship`s launch.
The detailed drawing – which is 32 feet six inches long and four feet eight inches tall, and to a scale of 3/8 inch to the foot – is hand-drawn in Indian ink on a single piece of paper and shows all of Titanic`s main features, including passenger accommodation, crew quarters, cargo holds and boiler rooms. A distinctive feature of the plan is a series of red and green chalk markings, indicating where the iceberg was believed to have penetrated five of Titanic`s watertight bulkheads, leading to the catastrophe.
The unique plan is being brought to Belfast by the auctioneers, Henry Aldridge and Son, as part of a display of Titanic and White Star related artefacts.
“It is a strikingly magnificent and commanding piece, both historically and visually,” commented the company`s Andrew Aldridge.
“It eclipses anything we have seen on the market for Titanic in terms of size. This is a museum piece in the truest sense,” he added.