15:37 Sunday 08 December 2013

Titanic effort! Sam sinks four years into model ship

Written byHELEN KREFT

A TITANIC effort has meant Sam Orgill has finally completed his memorial to more than 1,000 people who died on the maiden voyage of the ‘unsinkable’ ship.

The 89-year-old has spent four years carefully gluing his pride and joy together and it now stands on display at Castle Court care home, in Linton Road, Castle Gresley – where he moved to in the summer.

“I want to show people that they can do anything no matter how old they are,” Sam says, as he inspects his work of art which stands at 3ft – a little bit less than the 882ft of the Titanic.

Mr Orgill, who formerly lived in Newhall, saw a supplement in a daily paper which included information on how to build a replica of the ship, which sunk in the Atlantic in 1912, and would include wooden pieces to add each week.

“I was doing my work during the day and then I do this at night. I wouldn’t leave it alone.”

The supplement lasted about four years and Mr Orgill spent many hours each night carefully gluing on the tiny parts.

“It was very difficult to handle the parts and I was always getting glue all over my hands,” he said.

“But I am very pleased and proud of what I have done.

“I think it is also a good memorial to all those people who lost their lives on the ship and they couldn’t do anything about it, they just went to their death.”

The British passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean after colliding with an iceberg during her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York.

It was the largest ship afloat at the time.

The sinking caused the deaths of more than 1,500 people, mainly in lower class, in one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in modern history. She carried 2,224 passengers and crew.

Despite the value of his own ship, Mr Orgill doesn’t think he would want to part with it, and hopes to get a display cabinet for the residents of Castle Court to see.

He said: “I am a bit scared that it will get broken. Already, one of the pieces has come off so I need to fix that.”

The former cleaning supervisor has no experience of building ships, and says his creation proves that even older people can create masterpieces.

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