RMS Titanic, Inc. is the only company permitted by law to recover artifacts from the wreck site of Titanic. The Company has conducted eight research and recovery expeditions, with the goal of obtaining oceanographic material and scientific data; and using the data and retrieved artifacts for historical verification, scientific education and public awareness.
Our mission is to preserve the legacy of Titanic's maiden voyage, subsequent sinking, and the memory of her passengers and crew through comprehensive educational programs, innovative exhibitions and ongoing Titanic collaborations.
RMS Titanic, Inc. is an affiliate of Experiential Media Group, LLC and is the only company permitted by law to recover objects from the wreck of Titanic. RMS Titanic, Inc. was granted Salvor-in-possession rights to the wreck of Titanic by a United States federal court in 1994. The Company has conducted eight research and recovery expeditions to Titanic and has recovered approximately 5,500 artifacts. These artifacts have been viewed by more than 35 million individuals through the Company’s highly successful exhibition, Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition. The exhibition is currently on display worldwide, but its two main permanent locations are in Las Vegas, Nevada and Orlando, Florida.
INTO THE UNKNOWN
Into the Vault
Waiters from the exclusive À la Carte Restaurant would jot down lunch and dinner orders on this pad for the chefs to prepare in the galley. Unlike the First Class Dining Saloon, which cooked in larger quantities, the a la Carte Restaurant prepared each individual meal to order.
The sheet of paper has been encapsulated in a mylar sleeve to prevent the paper from bending and cracking. Even in this protective state, the paper is extremely fragile; the artifact was retired from travel in 2016 and is now handled as little as possible to prolong its life.
Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Laroche
Born in Cap Haitien, Haiti, Joseph Laroche moved to France in 1901 to study engineering. There he met Juliette Lafargue, whom he married in 1908. The couple had two daughters, Simonne and Louise.
In March of 1912, Juliette discovered that she was again pregnant, prompting the couple to plan a move to Haiti where Joseph could find a better paying engineering job. As a welcome home present, Joseph’s mother booked second class passage for the young family on the steamship France. Due to France’s strict policy of not allowing children in the dining room, the Laroches transferred to Titanic.
Joseph Laroche perished in the sinking, but his wife and children survived, escaping in possibly Lifeboat 14. Juliette and her children did not move to Haiti and returned to Paris.
Titanic had five kitchens
Sixty chefs and chefs’ assistants worked in Titanic’s five kitchens. They ranged from soup and roast cooks to pastry chefs and vegetable cooks. There was a kosher cook, too, to prepare the meals for the Jewish passengers.