Titanic – Retracing History
These are a few photos that I took today to support my research of the Belfast Harbour Office (and in particular its ties to the Titanic).
The interior of the original Drawing Offices at Harland & Wolff, where Titanic was designed (as they look today).
And how they looked when in use by Harland & Wolff in 1911:
The Thompson Dry Dock; this was where the mighty Titanic rested in February 1912 (right on top of that long row of ‘keel blocks’ – the pictured keel blocks were the originals that were used to support the Titanic) . It was here that she was fitted with propellers and her hull was painted and inspected. This dry dock was able to accommodate all 900 feet of Titanic, I have circled a dummy person that has been placed in the dock to further illustrate its huge capacity – pretty awesome, huh?
And just to help you visualise how Titanic would have looked in the Thompson Dry Dock, take a look at these amazing images below. This is the beautiful beast in all her glory IN the Thompson Dry Dock! I’m enjoying every minute of this research – retracing history is an extremely evocative, haunting and grounding experience.
And this 19th Century property, the Belfast Harbour Office was the starting point of my journey.