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Eastleigh school recreates part of the Titanic
1:11pm Friday 27th July 2012 in Eastleigh
IT was made famous by Leonardo DiCaprio shouting “I’m the king of the world!” in the 1997 film.
Now the bow of the Titanic has been rebuilt by pupils from Quilley School of Engineering, in Eastleigh .
School governor, Stephen M. Payne, designer of the Queen Mary 2, started the project to commemorate the centenary of the ship sinking in 1912.
More than 50 students used traditional skills and techniques from the Edwardian period to build the 12-foot metal sculpture, called “Reflections of the Deep”.
They were joined by students from Eastleigh College and had professional help from expert steelworker, Dave Wilkes, of Channel 4’s Titanic: The Mission documentary and BBC Radio Solent presenter, Alan Harris. Construction was also supported by a number of businesses, including Exxon Mobil Chemical.
It was dedicated to the 897 crew who served on the ship, of whom 685 died in the disaster.
Stephen Shaw, engineering diploma manager, said: “It’s been four months in the making, often battling against the elements, but we are enormously proud to locate the sculpture in the grounds of the school as a lasting tribute to the engineers on board.”