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Britain’s Treasures

On the site of the city’s former shipyard, the ill-fated passenger liner comes to life

TITANIC BELFAST Northern Ireland

Belfast’s shipyards have constructed hundreds of vessels since the 17th century but one ship stands out from them all – RMS Titanic. Built between 1909 and 1911 at the Harland & Wolff shipyard on Queen’s Island, the luxurious Titanic was, at the time, the largest passenger ocean liner the world had ever seen – the jewel of the White Star Line’s fleet.

The aluminium-clad building is a notable structure on the Belfast skyline
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What happened next is a story that continues to horrify and fascinate in equal measure. On 14 April 1912, during its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York, the ship struck an iceberg, sinking to the bottom of the Atlantic in less than three hours. A misguided belief in the ship’s inability to sink meant there were not enough lifeboats on board and more than 1,500 people are thought to have perished.

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