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Titanic find in museum
The ship sank on 14 April, 1912
A piece of original wood from the ill-fated Titanic has been discovered in storage at a British museum.

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 souvenir.

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 restaurant."

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01 Sep 03  |  England


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