Belfast's Titanic Legacy 100 Years On
On May 31st, 1911, the RMS Titanic slid gracefully from her cradle into the murky waters of Belfast Lough.
- (1888PressRelease) February 29, 2012 - Constructed in the Harland and Wolfe shipyard, the Titanic was already famous when she launched - the most expensive, audacious undertaking of the age and famously said to be nigh unsinkable thanks to state-of-the-art safety measures installed throughout her designs. How was anyone to know that within a year, while making her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York, the great ship would be lost to the depths of the wild Atlantic Ocean.
MD of Stream Advertising in Belfast, commented saying "Belfast have every right to be proud of what their forefathers achieved with the Titanic. After all, there is a famous Belfast joke which goes - "She was alright when she left us!"
It is remarkable, therefore, to consider that following the sinking of the great vessel, workers at Harland & Wolfe Belfast were ordered never to mention the ship ever again. Indeed it is only comparatively recently that the city has begun to remember the Titanic with anything like the respect and admiration it deserves. Work in the Titanic Quarter is testament to this change in opinion - chiefly the soon-to-be-opened Titanic Belfast exhibition centre, which is set not only to celebrate the lost vessel but almost everything that made Belfast the great city it is today, mainly the sprawling yards of Harland & Wolfe.
The exhibition centre, located just feet away from Titanic's own dry dock, is to feature nine distinctive galleries, each telling the Titanic's story through a mix of state-of-the-art displays, real-life recreations and even virtual tours; from the ship's conception and design, through her construction to her sorrowful demise on the 14th of April 1912.
"I, for one, can't wait to take a look at the new exhibit," says Managing Director of Stream Advertising. "This is set to be the pinnacle of the pride and respect in what the people of this fine city achieved a century ago."
The Titanic Belfast exhibit will open on March 31st, 2012, just a few weeks off the centenary of Titanic's sinking. There will also be a number of events coinciding with the occasion all across the city. Particular mention should be given to the Titanic Dinner given at the Ryanne Guesthouse in Holywood, overlooking Belfast Lough.
As Stream Advertising's MD declares; "Belfast has so much to offer its visitors. To its buzzing nightlife, great food and vibrant culture, we can now add a sense of deep civic pride in what the people of this city once gave to the world, and which was cruelly taken away before the world had time to appreciate it."