The RMS Titanic is undoubtedly the most famous ship in history, and it was built in Belfast at the Harland & Wolff shipyards. When the Titanic was entered into service, not only was it the world’s largest passenger ship, it was also the largest man-made moving object on Earth at that time. The Titanic was an impressive 269 meters (882 feet) in length, and its facilities included Turkish baths, squash courts, kennels for first class dogs and its own newspaper, The Atlantic Daily Bulletin. Over the 26 month construction of the Titanic in Belfast, it’s recorded that 264 workers were injured and two workers died.
On May 31st 1911, the Titanic was launched from Belfast Lough, with 100,000’s of spectators and journalists. 22 tons of soap and tallow (rendered beef or mutton fat) were smeared on the slipway to assist its unhindered passage into the River Lagan. As we all know the Titanic was on a doomed voyage, and on April 14th 1912 it hit an iceberg and sank within hours. The wreck of the Titanic was discovered in 1985 and lies 370 miles off the coast of Newfoundland.
Titanic Belfast is the world’s largest Titanic visitor attraction and is located 100 metres in front of where Titanic’s hull was constructed and launched; to its right is the drawing office where she was designed and to the left is the Victoria Channel from where she first set sail. The architecturally unique building comprises many maritime metaphors including water crystals, ships’ bows & the White Star logo. It opened on 31st March 2012.
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