A piece of original wood from the
ill-fated Titanic has been discovered in storage at a British museum.
The ship sank on 14 April, 1912
It is from a pillar on
the cruise liner and is believed to be the only known artefact from the
prestigious first-class restaurant.
It was salvaged by a member of a cable steamer chartered to look for
survivors of the disaster more than 90 years ago and has now been discovered at
the Derby Museum and Art Gallery.
The piece had been in storage since it was donated to the museum in 1982.
Several weeks ago staff approached a Titanic expert to investigate the
The piece, which is around four inches square, will now be unveiled at
"Titanic - The Exhibition" which is touring the country, and is currently at the
Historic Dockyard in Portsmouth.
Sir Rodney Walker, Chairman of Titanic Exhibitions, said: "This represents
one of the world's most significant finds of original Titanic wood and is
believed to be the only known piece to have ever been found from the first class