(Royal Mail Steamer Titanic)
Belfast is the birthplace of Titanic- that I think most of you know by now.
Harland & Wolff was a big ship building yard for nearly 100 years, in the beginning of the 1900 one of the biggest in the world. And they still have the biggest dry dock in the world, 556 m x 93 m. Stena Line (once WE) used the yard every year for refits of our giant catamarans and still do for their vessels.
A small part of the yard do repairs today – but no vessels are being build and today the yard privately owned by Fred. Olsen Energy, a Norwegian company.
“The yards twin shipbuilding gantry cranes which were named after the Biblical figures Samson and Goliath, dominate the Belfast skyline and are landmark structures of the city. Each crane has a span of 140 metres (459 ft) and can lift loads of up to 840 tonnes to a height of 70 metres (230 ft), making a combined lifting capacity of over 1,600 tonnes, one of the largest in the world. Prior to commissioning, the cranes were tested up to 1,000 tonnes.” (text; en.wikipedia.org)
Belfast have made their main shopping street, Donegall Place, to one direction and they have decorated the street with stunning flags with photos of all the biggest vessels that was built at Harland and Wolff – and in the pavement in front each flag is there a placards with information about each vessel. So beautiful done. (my photos) – as you can see they were busy once – a lot of flags.
This year the “Titanic Belfast” opened – the most amazing building and the people I know that has visit, all say it’s a fantastic experience. I dare to say that the building is one of the most stunning modern buildings I seen – even more beautiful then Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. Architect Eric Kuhne’s ultra-modern building resembles the hulls of four ships, 6-floor building.
The building is clad in metal shards and when the light plays on them it looks like the movement of water. From above, the building resembles a white star, the symbol of Titanic’s operators and owners, White Star Line.
In November 2011 National Geographic identified Titanic Belfast as the main attraction for visitors to look forward to in 2012, after naming Belfast among the world’s top 20 travel destinations for the year.
Next time will I stay a day extra in Belfast and I will visit the museum – and also to the bus tour … even if I lived there for 10 years – haven’t never been a tourist in Belfast and haven’t taken one photo of the city – during all those years. Have a lot of catching up and next year I will go on.
To read more read more about my Belfast – click the Belfast tag.
“Until the moment she actually sinks, the Titanic is unsinkable.”
Photos and picture provided by and thanks to;
bbc.co uk/ legrandcirque.tumblr com/zdnet.co.kr/blog.joinsmsn.com/ tonnesbelfasttelegraph.co.uk/mulitvu.com/geograph.ie