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Friday, March 2, 2012

Shires Recreate Historic Event

History revisited as 20 Shire horses haul 16-ton Titanic anchor through Midlands just as their forebears did 99 years ago

By Daily Mail Reporter

A procession of Shire horses dragging a 16-ton replica of the Titanic anchor has recreated history 99 years after the event. The £50,000 anchor is an exact copy of the one used on the ill-fated ship in 1911 and was towed from Dudley to Netherton, yesterday. The original anchor was cast by Hingley’s of Netherton and was hauled to the old Dudley train station by shire horses in 1911.

A procession of 20 shire horses hauled a 16-ton replica Titanic anchor from Dudley to Netherton yesterday

The scene mirrored the original event, which took place in 1911.

From there it was transported to the Belfast shipbuilders, where it was attached to the doomed vessel, which sank on its maiden voyage in April 1912, resulting in the deaths of more than 1,500 passengers.

Yesterday’s re-enactment followed the route in reverse and was filmed for a new five-part series for Channel 4 and National Geographic called We Built Titanic.

During the final leg of the two-mile journey the anchor began to slip from its platform and organisers took the decision to complete the journey using a tractor, out of concern for the safety of the horses.

The original anchor was cast by Hingley's of Netherton and was attached to the Titanic which sank on its maiden voyage in 1912

The series, due to air in September, will feature engineers trying to rebuild part of the ship in an effort to showcase British manufacturing expertise in the Edwardian era.

The cost of producing the anchor was £50,000 and it will placed on a temporary plinth before being installed in the Black Country Living Museum while a permanent base is located for it .

Councillor David Stanley, cabinet member for environment and culture, said: ‘This is wonderful news for Netherton and the borough as a whole.

‘We have so much to be proud of, with our industrial past and warm and welcoming Black Country communities who I hope will play a part on the day.

‘To be invited to take part in such a landmark project by Channel Four is just fantastic.’

The replica anchor cost £50,000 to build and will be installed in the Black Country Living Museum

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