A Portland visit, featuring the Titanic Artifact Exhibit (Part I)

(Sep 27 10:10 a.m.)

It was the last Tuesday of September, and my aunt had a stop in Portland.  She was on a cruise with her boyfriend.  My part in the picture, however, might not have happened.

I had gone to bed earlier than normal, but failed to sleep for long.  My internal clock was not used to the timing, and my mind was stuck and preoccupied.  I woke up later than anticipated, and told my mother to go without me.  But then I saw that my far away friend had messaged me, “… Hope you enjoy seeing your aunt.”  That was the final push to get out the door.  Thanks for inspiring me again, Sam. 🙂

It was quite pointless to fret about arriving late, because aunt J. texted me in anticipation right before we arrived at the visitor’s center, pictured above.

(Sep 27 9:58 a.m.)
(Sep 27 9:58 a.m.)

Meeting up took some time.  And by that, I mean my mother and I appeared at the right place, but too early; we walked out, thinking there might be another location to look for.  At some point, aunt J. replied that they were getting off the ship.

Long walkway… not to mention an outside waiting area (not pictured). (Sep 27 9:59 a.m.)

Walking back, I may have caught a glimpse of the two arriving passengers, passing us by, but it wasn’t clear.  Nevertheless, we all met up.  I met aunt J.’s boyfriend for the first time… and also noticed how huge her phone/tablet was.

(Sep 27 10:36 a.m.)
“A gift to the city of Portland by the Rotary Club of Portland, Maine in commemoration of the Club’s 85th anniversary, September 1, 2000 …” (Sep 27 10:36 a.m.)

I was asked where we should go— how to spend the time, which was only a handful of hours.  I didn’t know the area— not someone who’s lived in Portland past the age of four, give or take, and certainly not familiar with current-day Portland— so the plans began with my mother, and what she heard on the radio: the suggestion to visit the Titanic Artifact Exhibition.

Accidental cropping humor: “…BUTTS HERE…”  I think the pigeon, pictured, flew in front of me, to avoid the passing vehicle. (Sep 27 10:36 a.m.)

So off we went, to the Portland Science Center… walking and talking, catching up on things.

(Sep 27 10:37 a.m.)
S., J., L. (Sep 27 10:37 a.m.)

Documenting a bit of the territory, I took photos along the way.  Of course.  And I fell behind.  So much for catching up on social matters for me.

(Sep 27 10:38 a.m.)
(Sep 27 10:38 a.m.)

I took a total of 98 photos that day, some redundant…

“Time for a pint!” — Flatbread Company, Est. 2000 (Sep 27 10:38 a.m.)
“Time for a pint!” — Flatbread Company, Est. 2000 (Sep 27 10:38 a.m.)

…some building exterior wall art…

Wall art. (Sep 27 10:39 a.m.)
(Sep 27 10:39 a.m.)
(Sep 27 10:39 a.m.)
Literal building “ART.” (Sep 27 10:39 a.m.)

…some scenes with boats, nearby…

(Sep 27 10:40 a.m.)
Wabanaki. (Sep 27 10:40 a.m.)

The elevator, entering the building, opened on the opposite side, like they do at Disney parks (if I got that right).  We got our tickets, White Star Line “Boarding Passes,” each featuring an actual passenger name with age and a brief bio.  We also got keypad audio devices to hear longer descriptions for the wall exhibits via number.

Before we entered, I began to learn more about aunt J.’s boyfriend, including some unfortunate things that happened to him.

This is your captain speaking. (Sep 27 11:04 a.m.)
The “Captain,” informing visitors and answering questions. (Sep 27 11:04 a.m.)

Of course, I took many a photo of the artifacts…

Rivets. (Sep 27 11:09 a.m.)
Rivets. (Sep 27 11:09 a.m.)

Because a number of the objects (and maybe photo prints) are photosensitive, no flash photography is allowed at the exhibit.  Turning flash off, of course, meant facing low-light issues with the smartphone camera.  No phones were allowed either, haha… but I figured Airplane Mode was enough— no signals in or out.

(Sep 27 11:38 a.m.)
A cold-to-the-touch “iceberg,” along with refractory spotlight effects and an eerie sound loop. (Sep 27 11:38 a.m.)

…And like the Titanic breaking in two, this is where I break with Part I.  Fourteen images so far; so many more to go…

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