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Titanic Museum

A useful guide to Titanic Ship and museum in Belfast. Discover lots of interesting information and facts about the iconic RMS Titanic which sunk on its the night of the 14th April 1912, during its maiden voyage with the loss of 1517 lives.

Titanic left Belfast where she was built on the 2nd April 1912 at 6am. It arrived in Southampton on the 4th April where it was loaded with goods, fuel and crew. Passengers began to embark on the 10th April and Titanic left Southampton at noon that day.

Its next port of call was Cherbourg in France followed by Cobh (Queenstown) in Ireland where it departed for its maiden voyage to New York on the 11th April. Unfortunately Titanic never arrived and sunk on the 14th April 1912.

Titanic Museum - Belfast
The Titanic museum in Belfast is a must see for any visitor to Northern Ireland. Situated on Queens Island in the centre of Belfast, it is the place to go to learn everything about this iconic ship. Learn about the reasons for building the Titanic as well as stories from survivors and amazing footage from the building of the ship. The museum also provides a huge amount of information about the rescue effort and ends with the work carried out by the Ocean Exploration Centre since the wreck of the ship was discovered in 1985 after many years of searching.

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Titanic Museum - History of the Titanic
Work began building the Titanic on the 31st March 1909 and took three years to complete (including fitting out the ship). The RMS (Royal Mail Steamer) Titanic was launched into Belfast Lough from the slipway where it was built on the 31st May 1911. It was then fitted out, a process which took ten months and 3000 workers to complete! Titanic's sea trials were due to begin on the 1st April 1912 but they were delayed due to high winds, the trials began at 6am on 2nd April. The board of trade registered Titanic to the port of Liverpool and confirmed her weight to be 52310 tonnes. The sea trials tested the engine and equipment and the Titanic passed all the tests. It was then that Harland and Wolff who were responsible for building the Titanic officially handed the paperwork for the Titanic over to the White Star Line who were the boats owners.

Titanic Museum - Story of the 'Pride of Belfast'
Titanic left Belfast on the 2nd April 1912 at 8pm and sailed to Southampton where it loaded its cargo and boarded its crew and passengers. After briefly stopping at Cherbourg in France and Queenstown (Cobh) in Ireland to collect mail and embark/disembark passengers, Titanic left the port of Cobh on the 11th April sailing for New York. Unfortunately the 'Pride of Belfast' and 'The Unsinkable Ship' never reached its destination. It hit an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean on the 14th April 1912 and sank with the loss of 1517 lives. The History of the Titanic and its unique story has been the subject of many documentaries, movies and films and the sinking of this amazing vessel is something that most people are aware of. The wreck of the Titanic was finally discovered in 1985, its final resting place over two and a half miles down in the Atlantic Ocean.

Titanic Museum - Survivors
After hitting an iceberg it took the Titanic less than three hours to sink, it split into two as it sank and many survivors jumped into the water as the boat went down. Unfortunately, due to the icy cold water many survivors of the sinking perished despite wearing life jackets. The survivors who were lucky enough to be rescued from lifeboats were picked up by the Cunard ship, Carpathia. The Carpathia rescued 713 survivors in total and brought them to New York, arriving on the 18th April where the full tragedy was revealed to the world.

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