How do I use TitanicMap?
The map is pretty much self-explanatory. Scroll and zoom around as you like. To receive more information on a location simply click on the marker and an info box will pop open. You can switch off/on certain layers of information (see next section). If you’re looking for a specific location name or a location connected to a specific person, use the search bar.
Why are there different layers in the map?
The layers combine markers of the same location category and you can add or take away whole categories of locations on the map. In the default setting the following categories will be displayed:
„Titanic museums“, „Titanic places“ and „Titanic route“. You can add the following categories: „Titanic restaurants“, „Titanic businesses“ (contemporary businesses or companies that have a Titanic name, e.g. the Titanic Hotel in Berlin), „Titanic addresses“ (communities or street names that include the word „Titanic“), „cinema“ (including set locations of various Titanic movies) as well as „closed Titanic museums“ (that includes location where exhibits or museums used to be). If you’re preparing for an actual trip it is advised to start with all layers and get the maximum choice of locations worth visiting.
Can I switch the satellite image for an actual map?
You can switch between satellite image and map on the lower left side of the map. We find it easier to find actual locations using the satellite image, because some location features such as trees or landmarks are not visible in the map, but very helpful for your on-location orientation.
How precise is TitanicMap?
In most cases the marker is spot-on and located exactly „over“ the building, monument or gravestone it refers to. However: Whenever Google updates its map the marker stays in place but the map’s content may shift a few feet/meters. Also, there is a small number of graves of which the exact locations are not documented entirely or simply now known. In this case the marker is put either on the entrance to the cemetery or on its main building. In some cases we only know the section of the cemetery where someone was buried, so you will have to search the area yourself for a gravestone when on location. In other cases we have a section and grave number, but there are no maps available with which to assign the information to an actual lot. In this case we’ve put the marker on top of a neutral location and you will have to find the exact grave by browsing the section given in the info box. Predominantly in Belfast you will find markers of Titanic places that don’t exist anymore (like outlines of buildings). They can still be helpful as a reference when working with historic photographs. We’re not graphic design expert, so the drawings and the scale of the drawing may not be 100% accurate. In regards of Titanic’s route we’ve used coordinates that have been recorded, so it is pretty accurate with one exception: Titanic’s trial runs have not been plotted in 1912, so there is no detailed and accurate route available.
Is the map up to date?
We try to publish changes immediately after we’ve learned something has changed. We cannot guarantee though that you will actually still find the Titanic sight posted on the actual planet’s surface. Exhibits close. Plaques are moved to a different location. Buildings burn down. Opening hours of areas with restricted access such as cemeteries, shops, restaurants, exhibits and other institutions cannot be provided – you have to find out yourself it the Titanic sight is accessible at a required date and time.
Are all Titanic places marked on TitanicMap?
No. We cannot provide a complete map of Titanic places – no-one can. However, over time we try to document all known Titanic monuments and graves. Still, there will be many other Titanic places that we add if we come across those, but will not actively do research on, such as buildings where Titanic suvivors/victims lived or businesses they owned. It is not our intent to systematically research and add locations like these. However, some places in that category have been added to TitanicMap. That may be the case if, for example, there is a plaque commemorating the Titanic survivor/victim on site.
Why are some Titanic passengers or crewmembers „misspelled“?
We are using the names and spelling of Titanic researcher Hermann Söldner, who’s aim is to research and document all Titanic passengers/crewmembers‘ names as given or used in 1912. Some survivors have (re-)married or Americanized their names in the process of naturalization in de USA and as a consequence have been buried under a different name. In these cases the name at the time of death is added to the information box connected to a marker. If you use the search engine both names/spellings can be used to find a marker.
Why are there markers with rather random photos/Why are there no photographs with most markers?
Generating TitanicMap is a massive task. Presently we are focused on the markers. In some cases google automatically adds a photo to the description of a marker. At a later stage we will upload our own photos wherever possible, or we will invite users to share their photos with us. This will further simplify the task of locating Titanic places when traveling. We ask for your patience until we move on to uploading photos.
Some graves are named „cenotaph“. What does that mean?
Basically a cenotaph „pretends“ to be a grave. No actual remains are buried at its location, but unlike a general monument they are located at a cemetery and look like a grave. The purpose is to give the mourning family or loved ones a substitute to a grave. Many Titanic victims could not be buried because their bodies were not found after Titanic’s sinking. There are also cases where a Titanic victim’s name was added to a family gravestone. So even though it is an actual grave, the person listed on the stone is not buried there, and we have listed the stone as a cenotaph, because it is in regard of the Titanic person commemorated on the stone. Cenotaphs can only be found on cemeteries on TitanicMap, commemorative plaques that are not located on cemeteries are simply referred to as monuments.
What are the criteria for adding a location to TitanicMap?
In general we like to add locations that are, in the most basic meaning, Titanic sights – places where you can look at something Titanic-related. Graves and monuments are instantly added to the map once we find out about them, even when the headstone is missing (which will be mentioned in the description). We’ve ignored most birth places, living quarters and workplaces, since this would add thousands of markers, and it would make the map rather random, as it is impossible to systematically find ALL places eligible. These kinds of locations are only marked if there is a Titanic-related commemorative plaque on site.
I know a Titanic location that is missing on TitanicMap. How can I add this location?
We’re happy to learn about new Titanic places. However, you cannot add them to the main map yourself, only the administrator of the map can. Instead, we’ve provided an „empty“ map in the section „add a Titanic place“ (top menu). Simply find the location you want to ad and set a marker. Please also include all the relevant information about the location. However we reserve the right not to add places to the map.