Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Titanic captain's former home left 'untouched'

THE Titanic's captain, Edward John Smith, was last seen in the bridge area giving the final order to abandon ship.

It is thought Captain Smith made no attempt to save himself and in true seamanship style went down with his vessel.

It is well-known locally that, lived in Waterloo on Marine Crescent at the time of the disaster but The Champion can reveal for the first time a number of images that show how the house's current owner Rose Gallagher has kept much of the place in its original state.

Unaware of the property's illustrious history, Rose bought it in 1988 after she fell in love with the ‘warm feeling' that the place had.

But it was nearly ten years later when she discovered the Titanic connection when film producers knocked on her door to have a tour around before their famous 1997 blockbuster.

“It just came out of the blue as a shock to me, I knew that the house had been here a while but not since 1830,” Rose told the Champion.

“They said would I be okay with them filming here and I said yes but they never returned and filmed the opening scenes in Southampton instead.”

Original items at the house include Captain Smith's photographs, marble fireplaces, an old brass kettle and the original wrought iron gate.

There is also a sealed cellar which hasn't been opened since before Rose lived there.

“I just fell in love with the place when I first stayed here. There's a real warmth around the place and only when people visit can they see how great it is.

”Many people come from all around the world to see the house on a regular basis and they are often fascinated when they arrive.“

Rose is looking to give tours of her property in the near future.

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