Titanic plaque appears in Granada after more than 100 years

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Parque de las Ciencias, Granada

A BRONZE and silver Titanic plaque, referring to the ship as ‘the latest, largest and finest steamer to float’ and naming it the Queen of the Oceans, has appeared in Granada after remaining hidden for more than 100 years.
The plaque is believed to have been presented to Lord William James Pirrie, mayor of Southampton, by the president of the Royal Mail Steamship Union at a ceremony on April 9, 1912.
The plaque is owned by a Granada art-dealer, grandson of a dealer who was offered the plaque in Barcelona 12 years ago by a British man who needed money.
Made of bronze and silver, the 28.5 by 37 centimetre plaque weighs 1.8 kilos and has an inner light which still conserves its original electrical cable.
Owner Leo Lorenzo Sancho contacted the Titanic Foundation in Granada a few days ago, offering the piece for display in a Titanic: The Reconstruction exhibition at the city’s Parque de las Ciencias.
The Granada art dealer, who is extremely interested in all things related to the Titanic, explained that he happened to be present when the previous owner offered the plaque to his grandfather and decided to buy it himself. Although he has been offered large amounts of money for the piece he has refused, wishing to keep it.

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