As long as people have been going to sea there have been shipwrecks. Those who endure the wreck must face the ordeal of trying to survive in a hostile and unforgiving environment. This dynamic exhibition explores the aftermath of marine catastrophes through the perspective of those who have been cast adrift on the sea.
Mayday, Mayday, Mayday!!
Immerse yourself in the chaos of sinking ships through a multi-media production. Experience the terror of witnessing a ship breaking apart and sinking… then hear the cries of passengers in a their struggle to survive. Feel the panic and anxiety as you realize you are lost, and alone in the ocean.
“A scene of horror instantly presented itself on deck…The moment the ship broke in two, her cargo, mostly merchandise, floated out and intermingled with the drowning sufferers.”
This can’t be…
Experience being cast adrift through narratives of survivors, including those from the RMS Titanic. Hear the story of Steven Callahan, who drifted alone for 76 days after abandoning his sinking yacht. Learn the basics of surviving at sea and test your knowledge in an interactive game of “Life & Death.”
“It is my eleventh day in the raft. Each day passes as an endless age of despair.” – Steven Callahan
Salvation for some
Celebrate dramatic rescues. Watch as the Coast Guard makes a daring sea rescue. Wearing headphones at the “Kerikeri Radio Station,” listen to transmissions of heroic attempts to save sailors during a horrific storm.
“Tears of joy were shed as we all embraced. We were among the very lucky. We realized once again that only a miracle saved us. Thank God for miracles!” - Anna Maria Conte Greene, survivor from the Italian liner Andrea Doria