The Titanic Trail – Belfast
The famous and ill fated white Star Liner Titanic was built in Belfast in the famous Harland and Wolff Shipyard. Beneath the 2 giant towering cranes, nicknamed Samson and Goliath, the Titanic ship was built in the main slipway of the Belfast Yard.
The ill fated Titanic’s birth place has been regenerated, with new offices, buildings, museums and amenities. There is also a new Titanic centre, which explores the history of the shipyard and the Titanic itself.
At the moment an excellent way to learn about the Titanic and its Belfast home is aboard the Lagan Boat Company’s Titanic tour. If you do not want to learn about a shipping disaster while aboard a boat, you can get a hand held device from the Belfast Welcome Centre that will give you information on a self guided tour of the Titanic Trail.
One of the most poignant elements of the Belfast Titanic Trail is the White Star Ship SS Nomadic, a ship that was used to transfer passengers from the docks to the larger Liners, such as the Titanic. You can visit it at the Hamilton Dock.
In the Harland and Wolf yard, you can get a feel for the size of the Titanic, when you look and walk along the Thompson Graving Dock, in which the Titanic was fitted out. The giant liner was only barely able to fit in to the Dock, its 882 Ft are brought to life as you see the dock.
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