Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 25 December 2014

Inside Titanic Belfast - a guided tour

As the doors of Titanic Belfast finally opened to the public, our reporter Patrice Dougan and photographer David Fitzgerald take you on a guided tour of just what’s on offer in this high-tech visitor attraction

Titanic Building Belfast 2nd Day Open - 1 April 2012Sam and Hanna Irwin
Titanic Building Belfast 2nd Day Open - 1 April 2012Sam and Hanna Irwin
itanic Building Belfast 2nd Day Open - 1 April 2012 Aideen O'Shaughnessy with her children Diarmuid and Niall
Jenna Scofield (left) and Roberta Sitlington dressed as 'yardmen' to take part in the 'yardmen walk'at Titanic Belast to raise funds for bowel cancer awareness
Titanic Building Belfast 2nd Day Open - 1 April 2012
Titanic Building Belfast 2nd Day Open - 1 April 2012 Organisers prepare for the 'Yardmen Walk and Cycle' being held at Titanic yesterdayto raise funds for bowel cancer awareness
Steven Patterson with daughter Anna and Ron Moore with daughter Rebecca (pink waistcoat)
31.03.12. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDThe opening of the Titanic Signature Building on Saturday 31st March. People queued on Saturday Morning to see the building.
31.03.12. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDThe opening of the Titanic Signature Building on Saturday 31st March. People queued on Saturday Morning to see the building.
31.03.12. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDThe opening of the Titanic Signature Building on Saturday 31st March. People queued on Saturday Morning to see the building.
31.03.12. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDThe opening of the Titanic Signature Building on Saturday 31st March. People queued on Saturday Morning to see the building. The Architect, Eric R Kuhne
Belfast Lord Mayor Niall O Donnghaile speaks at the opening of Titanic Belfast, the world's largest Titanic-themed attraction in the old shipyard at Harland and Wolff, where the doomed liner was built
The opening of the new Titanic Belfast tourism project
The opening of the new Titanic Belfast tourism project
Crowds of tourists wait for the opening of the new Titanic Belfast tourism project
Crowds at the opening of the new Titanic Belfast tourism project
Titanic 100th anniversaryUlster Youth Orchestra at the opening of the new Titanic Belfast tourism project
First minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin Mcguinness open the new Titanic Belfast tourism project to the public
Guests dressed for the occasion arrive for the official opening of Belfast's impressive new tourist attraction, the 100-million pound ($160 million, euro120 million) Titanic Belfast visitor center, which offers a loving portrait of the excitement, ambition and opulence surrounding the doomed trans-Atlantic liner in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Saturday, March, 31, 2012 (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
First Minister Peter Robinson with Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness as they pose with rivet hammers in the new Titanic Belfast, the world's largest Titanic-themed attraction that was officially opened today in the old shipyard at Harland and Wolff, where the doomed liner was built
(left to right) First Minister Peter Robinson with Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, Belfast Titanic CEO Tim Husband and 105yr old Cyril Quigley, who watched the Titanic being launched as a young child in 1911, in the Titanic Belfast, the world's largest Titanic-themed attraction that was officially opened today in the old shipyard at Harland and Wolff, where the doomed liner was built
First Minister Peter Robinson with Belfast Titanic CEO Tim Husband meets 105 year old Cyril Quigley who watched the Titanic being launched as a young child in 1911 in the Titanic Belfast, the world's largest Titanic-themed attraction that was officially opened today in the old shipyard at Harland and Wolff, where the doomed liner was built
Eric Kuhne from CivicArts in London the architect behind the new Titanic Belfast visitor centre strikes a pose outside the guilding, the world's largest Titanic-themed attraction that was officially opened today in the old shipyard at Harland and Wolff, where the doomed liner was built
Women in period costumes outside the front of the new Titanic Belfast the world's largest Titanic-themed attraction that was officially opened today in the old shipyard at Harland and Wolff, where the doomed liner was built
Entrance to the Titanic Belfast Experience
The new Titanic House Vistor centre lights up the skyline in the Titanic quarter, Belfast, Northern Ireland, Sunday, March, 25, 2012. The £100 million (119.5 million euros; $158 million dollars) building is now finished and will open to the public on March 31. The world's biggest Titanic visitor attraction is to open in its Belfast birthplace later this month and it is 100 years to the day since the doomed ocean liner was completed in the same shipyard, Harland and Wolff. Northern Ireland hopes the eye-catching building will boost the tourism economy. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MARCH 27: A sculpture entitled 'Titancia' marks the entrance to the Titanic Belfast Experience on March 27, 2012 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Titanic Belfast Experience is a new £90 million visitor attraction opening on March 31, 2012. One hundred years ago the maiden voyage of the ill-fated passenger liner Titanic sank after hitting an iceberg in the Atlantic on the night of April 14, 1911 with the loss of 1517 lives. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MARCH 27: A sculpture entitled 'Titancia' marks the entrance to the Titanic Belfast Experience on March 27, 2012 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Titanic Belfast Experience is a new £90 million visitor attraction opening on March 31, 2012. One hundred years ago the maiden voyage of the ill-fated passenger liner Titanic sank after hitting an iceberg in the Atlantic on the night of April 14, 1911 with the loss of 1517 lives. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MARCH 27: A giant steel name plate marks the entrance to the Titanic Belfast Experience on March 27, 2012 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Titanic Belfast Experience is a new £90 million visitor attraction opening on March 31, 2012. One hundred years ago the maiden voyage of the ill-fated passenger liner Titanic sank after hitting an iceberg in the Atlantic on the night of April 14, 1911 with the loss of 1517 lives. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MARCH 27: The recently completed Titanic Belfast Experience building is prepared for opening on March 27, 2012 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Titanic Belfast Experience is a new £90 million visitor attraction opening on March 31, 2012. One hundred years ago the maiden voyage of the ill-fated passenger liner Titanic sank after hitting an iceberg in the Atlantic on the night of April 14, 1911 with the loss of 1517 lives. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
Visual tour of the Titanic Belfast Signature Building which opens to the public on Saturday 31 March. The Titanic Staircase
Visual tour of the Titanic Belfast Signature Building which opens to the public on Saturday 31st March.
A video recreation of the Titanic
Visual tour of the Titanic Belfast Signature Building which opens to the public on Saturday 31st March.
Interactive pictures and computers in Titanic Gallery 3
A man looking at the interactive window which shows how the area the Titanic was built in looked before compared to how it looks now.
A slow rollercoaster showing old and reconstructed videos of how the Titanic was built
The entrance to the Titanic Belfast Signature Building which opens to the public on Saturday 31 March.
A man looks at an interactive map of the shipyard in which the Titanic was built.
Screens showing footage of life in Belfast at the time the Titanic was being built.
Aisling Dinsmore looks at the old Linen samples in Gallery 1 of Titanic Belfast
Visual tour of the Titanic Belfast Signature Building which opens to the public on Saturday 31 March. Linenopolis, Gallery 1.
The Titanic Belfast Signature Building which opens to the public on Saturday 31 March.
Tthe Titanic Belfast Signature Building which opens to the public on Saturday 31st March.
Visual tour of the Titanic Belfast Signature Building which opens to the public on Saturday 31 March. Johnny Quinn (4) looking at windows in the first gallery.
One of the real lifeboats from the Titanic.
One of the lifeboats from the Titanic.
Visual tour of the Titanic Belfast Signature Building which opens to the public on Saturday 31 March.
Visual tour of the Titanic Belfast Signature Building which opens to the public on Saturday 31 March. Three screens giving visitors a virtual tour of inside the Titanic.
Visual tour of the Titanic Belfast Signature Building which opens to the public on Saturday 31 March. A model of the Titanic.
Visual tour of the Titanic Belfast Signature Building which opens to the public on Saturday 31 March.
Visual tour of the Titanic Belfast Signature Building which opens to the public on Saturday 31 March. Kalista McErlane looks up at a painting of the Titanic.
Chains similar to those used on the Titanic.
Ali Hill looks at a photograph of the Titanic.
Second and third class cabins on the Titanic are recreated.
A first class cabin from the Titanic is recreated.
Visual tour of the Titanic Belfast Signature Building which opens to the public on Saturday 31 March. Three screens give visitors a virtual tour of inside the Titanic.
A slow rollercoaster shows old and reconstructed videos of how the Titanic was built.
Visual tour of the Titanic Belfast Signature Building which opens to the public on Saturday 31 March.
Michael Quinn (8) looks at the interactive pictures of the Titanic Drawing Rooms in Gallery 3.
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MARCH 27: Computer video projections of passengers are displayed in a recreation of a second class cabin at the Titanic Belfast visitor attraction on March 27, 2012 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Titanic Belfast Experience is a new £90 million visitor attraction opening on March 31, 2012. One hundred years ago the maiden voyage of the ill-fated passenger liner Titanic sank after hitting an iceberg in the Atlantic on the night of April 14, 1911 with the loss of 1517 lives. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MARCH 27: Visitors look down on a projection showing images of the wreck of the Titanic on the seabed at the Titanic Belfast visitor attraction on March 27, 2012 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Titanic Belfast Experience is a new £90 million visitor attraction opening on March 31, 2012. One hundred years ago the maiden voyage of the ill-fated passenger liner Titanic sank after hitting an iceberg in the Atlantic on the night of April 14, 1911 with the loss of 1517 lives. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MARCH 27: Visitors look at a projection showing images of the wreck of the Titanic on the seabed at the Titanic Belfast visitor attraction on March 27, 2012 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Titanic Belfast Experience is a new £90 million visitor attraction opening on March 31, 2012. One hundred years ago the maiden voyage of the ill-fated passenger liner Titanic sank after hitting an iceberg in the Atlantic on the night of April 14, 1911 with the loss of 1517 lives. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MARCH 27: Visitors look at a computer video projection of the interior of The Titanic at the Titanic Belfast visitor attraction on March 27, 2012 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Titanic Belfast Experience is a new £90 million visitor attraction opening on March 31, 2012. One hundred years ago the maiden voyage of the ill-fated passenger liner Titanic sank after hitting an iceberg in the Atlantic on the night of April 14, 1911 with the loss of 1517 lives. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MARCH 27: Computer video projections of passengers are displayed in a recreation of a third class cabin at the Titanic Belfast visitor attraction on March 27, 2012 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Titanic Belfast Experience is a new £90 million visitor attraction opening on March 31, 2012. One hundred years ago the maiden voyage of the ill-fated passenger liner Titanic sank after hitting an iceberg in the Atlantic on the night of April 14, 1911 with the loss of 1517 lives. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MARCH 27: A worker cleans the surface of an exhibit at the Titanic Belfast visitor attraction on March 27, 2012 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Titanic Belfast Experience is a new £90 million visitor attraction opening on March 31, 2012. One hundred years ago the maiden voyage of the ill-fated passenger liner Titanic sank after hitting an iceberg in the Atlantic on the night of April 14, 1911 with the loss of 1517 lives. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MARCH 27: Visitors look at a computer video projection of the interior of The Titanic at the Titanic Belfast visitor attraction on March 27, 2012 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Titanic Belfast Experience is a new £90 million visitor attraction opening on March 31, 2012. One hundred years ago the maiden voyage of the ill-fated passenger liner Titanic sank after hitting an iceberg in the Atlantic on the night of April 14, 1911 with the loss of 1517 lives. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MARCH 27: Visitors look at a computer video projection of the interior of The Titanic at the Titanic Belfast visitor attraction on March 27, 2012 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Titanic Belfast Experience is a new £90 million visitor attraction opening on March 31, 2012. One hundred years ago the maiden voyage of the ill-fated passenger liner Titanic sank after hitting an iceberg in the Atlantic on the night of April 14, 1911 with the loss of 1517 lives. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MARCH 27: Computer video projections of a passenger and a crew member are displayed in a recreation of a first class cabin at the Titanic Belfast visitor attraction on March 27, 2012 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Titanic Belfast Experience is a new £90 million visitor attraction opening on March 31, 2012. One hundred years ago the maiden voyage of the ill-fated passenger liner Titanic sank after hitting an iceberg in the Atlantic on the night of April 14, 1911 with the loss of 1517 lives. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MARCH 27: A boy looks up at a window etching depicting the launch of The Titanic at the Titanic Belfast visitor attraction on March 27, 2012 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Titanic Belfast Experience is a new £90 million visitor attraction opening on March 31, 2012. One hundred years ago the maiden voyage of the ill-fated passenger liner Titanic sank after hitting an iceberg in the Atlantic on the night of April 14, 1911 with the loss of 1517 lives. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MARCH 27: A recreation of the Harland and Wolff shipyard is dominated by a large computer generated image at the Titanic Belfast visitor attraction on March 27, 2012 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Titanic Belfast Experience is a new £90 million visitor attraction opening on March 31, 2012. One hundred years ago the maiden voyage of the ill-fated passenger liner Titanic sank after hitting an iceberg in the Atlantic on the night of April 14, 1911 with the loss of 1517 lives. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MARCH 27: A girl looks up at a painting depicting the launch of The Titanic at the Titanic Belfast visitor attraction on March 27, 2012 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Titanic Belfast Experience is a new £90 million visitor attraction opening on March 31, 2012. One hundred years ago the maiden voyage of the ill-fated passenger liner Titanic sank after hitting an iceberg in the Atlantic on the night of April 14, 1911 with the loss of 1517 lives. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MARCH 27: A projection of the Harland and Wolff shipyard sits atop a recreation of the Arrol Gantry at the Titanic Belfast visitor attraction on March 27, 2012 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Titanic Belfast Experience is a new £90 million visitor attraction opening on March 31, 2012. One hundred years ago the maiden voyage of the ill-fated passenger liner Titanic sank after hitting an iceberg in the Atlantic on the night of April 14, 1911 with the loss of 1517 lives. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MARCH 27: A boy runs across an interactive projection of the Harland and Wolff drawing Office at the Titanic Belfast visitor attraction on March 27, 2012 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Titanic Belfast Experience is a new £90 million visitor attraction opening on March 31, 2012. One hundred years ago the maiden voyage of the ill-fated passenger liner Titanic sank after hitting an iceberg in the Atlantic on the night of April 14, 1911 with the loss of 1517 lives. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MARCH 27: A visitor walks through a recreation of the Harland and Wolff shipyard at the Titanic Belfast visitor attraction on March 27, 2012 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Titanic Belfast Experience is a new £90 million visitor attraction opening on March 31, 2012. One hundred years ago the maiden voyage of the ill-fated passenger liner Titanic sank after hitting an iceberg in the Atlantic on the night of April 14, 1911 with the loss of 1517 lives. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MARCH 27: Visitors walk through the atrium of the Belfast Titanic visitor attraction on March 27, 2012 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The panels lining the walls of the atrium are the same size and texture as those fitted to the hull of the ship. The Titanic Belfast Experience is a new £90 million visitor attraction opening on March 31, 2012. One hundred years ago the maiden voyage of the ill-fated passenger liner Titanic sank after hitting an iceberg in the Atlantic on the night of April 14, 1911 with the loss of 1517 lives. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MARCH 27: Sun beams into the atrium of the Belfast Titanic visitor attraction on March 27, 2012 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The panels lining the walls of the atrium are the same size and texture as those fitted to the hull of the ship. The Titanic Belfast Experience is a new £90 million visitor attraction opening on March 31, 2012. One hundred years ago the maiden voyage of the ill-fated passenger liner Titanic sank after hitting an iceberg in the Atlantic on the night of April 14, 1911 with the loss of 1517 lives. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
This composite image, released by RMS Titanic Inc., and made from sonar and more than 100,000 photos taken in 2010 from by unmanned, underwater robots, shows a small portion of a comprehensive map of the 3-by-5-mile debris field surrounding the stern of the Titanic on the bottom of the North Atlantic Ocean.
Belfast Telegraph:Page One/Titanic. 16/4/1912
This is an undated photo showing the bow of the Titanic at rest on the bottom of the North Atlantic, about 400 miles southeast of Newfoundland. The first tourists to see the bow up close viewed it from the portholes of a tiny submersible in early September. (AP Photo/Ralph White)
Launch of the Titanic, published in the Belfast Telegraph 31/5/1911
This composite image, released by RMS Titanic Inc., and made from sonar and more than 100,000 photos taken in 2010 from by unmanned, underwater robots, shows a small portion of a comprehensive map of the 3-by-5-mile debris field surrounding the stern of the Titanic on the bottom of the North Atlantic Ocean.
This composite image, released by RMS Titanic Inc., and made from sonar and more than 100,000 photos taken in 2010 from by unmanned, underwater robots, shows a small portion of a comprehensive map of the 3-by-5-mile debris field surrounding the stern of the Titanic on the bottom of the North Atlantic Ocean.
Titanic was driven by two gigantic wing propellers measuring over 23 feet in diameter and a center propeller spanning more than 16 feet.
A shipyard worker's ticket to the launch of the RMS Titanic. Photograph © National Museums Northern Ireland. Collection Ulster Folk & Transport Museum
Lord Pirrie, chairman of H&W (left) and Bruce Ismay, chairman of White Star, make a final tour of inspection of Titanic before her launch. 31/5/1911. Photograph © National Museums Northern Ireland. Collection Ulster Folk & Transport Museum
Titanic first class suite bedroom 'b58'. Photograph © National Museums Northern Ireland. Collection Harland & Wolff, Ulster Folk & Transport Museum
Titanic at fitting-out wharf with three out of four funnels fitted. Photograph © National Museums Northern Ireland. Collection Ulster Folk & Transport Museum
Titanic. Hydraulic launch rams below port bow. Photograph © National Museums Northern Ireland. Collection Harland & Wolff, Ulster Folk & Transport Museum
Titanic, double bottom and initial plating of tank top of Olympic, with keel of Titanic laid on No.3 slip. Photograph © National Museums Northern Ireland. Collection Harland & Wolff, Ulster Folk & Transport Museum
Titanic, port near profile during outfitting at Thompson deepwarter wharf. Photograph © National Museums Northern Ireland. Collection Harland & Wolff, Ulster Folk & Transport Museum
Titanic, upper part of stern frame in position. Photograph © National Museums Northern Ireland. Collection Harland & Wolff, Ulster Folk & Transport Museum
A page of the document written by Laura Francatelli, which is her eyewitness account of the sinking of the Titanic
A woman examines a leather boot in an exhibition of artefacts recovered from the wreck of the Titanic on November 3, 2010 in London, England
A photo of the Titanic's giant propellers and rudder. Photograph © National Museums Northern Ireland. Collection Harland & Wolff, Ulster Folk & Transport Museum
The detailed drawing of the RMS Titanic used at Lord Mersey's inquiry into the 1912 disaster.
The Titanic's two main engines near completion in engine works erecting shop. Photograph © National Museums Northern Ireland. Collection Harland & Wolff, Ulster Folk & Transport Museum
Duff Gordon, Titanic survivor
Titanic. Port bow 3/4 profile afloat immediately after launch. Photograph © National Museums Northern Ireland. Collection Harland & Wolff, Ulster Folk & Transport Museum
Launch of the Titanic, published in the Belfast Telegraph 31/5/1911
Titanic first class cafe parisienne. Photograph © National Museums Northern Ireland. Collection Harland & Wolff, Ulster Folk & Transport Museum
Titanic. The Great gantry, Queen's Island, Belfast. This photograph shows the enormous scale of the ship, together with the complex structure of the enfolding steel gantry, from which she will soon be free. The photograph also reflects old and new maritime technologies, with the traditional wooden schooner in the foreground contrasting eith the modernity ot Titanic. Photograph © National Museums Northern Ireland. Collection Harland & Wolff, Ulster Folk & Transport Museum
Titanic. In this photograph of the cabinet shop, taken in 1899, a small army of cabinet-makers are at work. Photograph © National Museums Northern Ireland. Collection Harland & Wolff, Ulster Folk & Transport Museum
Titanic workers
Workmen prepare the Titanic slipway. Photograph © National Museums Northern Ireland. Collection Harland & Wolff, Ulster Folk & Transport Museum
Millvina Dean the last living survivor of the Titanic disaster was today Thursday April 11, 2002, due to open a rejuvenated exhibition to mark the 90th anniversary of the disaster. Ms Dean, 90, was only nine weeks old when the ship hit an iceberg in the Atlantic on her maiden voyage and sank on April 15 1912, claiming the lives of 1,500 people. The survivor will open Titanic Voices the 90th Anniversary Exhibition at the Maritime Museum in Bugle Street, Southampton. The permanent exhibition has been upgraded with new exhibits, including images from the interior of Titanic's sister ship RMS Olympic
Dorothy Gibson, Titanic survivor
Patrick Dillon, Titanic survivor
Titanic leaving Belfast. Photograph © National Museums Northern Ireland. Collection Harland & Wolff, Ulster Folk & Transport Museum
The wedding ring and locket property of Carl Asplund and the wedding ring of Selma Asplund are seen at Henry Aldridge and Son auctioneers in Devizes, Wiltshire, England Thursday, April 3, 2008. The locket and one of the rings were recovered from the body of Carl Asplund who drowned on the Titanic, they are all part of the Lillian Asplund collection of Titanic related items.
A heavily water stained leather bound journal bearing notes figures relating to the Asplund family, the property of Carl Asplund, is seen at Henry Aldridge and Son auctioneers in Devizes, Wiltshire, England Thursday, April 3, 2008. The locket and one of the rings were recovered from the body of Carl Asplund who drowned on the Titanic, they are all part of the Lillian Asplund collection of Titanic related items.
A unique emigrant inland forwarding order to the White Star office in New York, is seen at Henry Aldridge and Son auctioneers in Devizes, Wiltshire, England Thursday, April 3, 2008. The locket and one of the rings were recovered from the body of Carl Asplund who drowned on the Titanic, they are all part of the Lillian Asplund collection of Titanic related items.
Photographs of (from left) Felix Asplund, Selma and Carl Asplund and Lillian Asplund, are seen at Henry Aldridge and Son auctioneers in Devizes, Wiltshire, England Thursday, April 3, 2008. The locket and one of the rings were recovered from the body of Carl Asplund who drowned on the Titanic, they are all part of the Lillian Asplund collection of Titanic related items.
A gold plated Waltham American pocket watch, the property of Carl Asplund, is seen in front of a modern water colour painting of the Titanic by CJ Ashford at Henry Aldridge and Son auctioneers in Devizes, Wiltshire, England Thursday, April 3, 2008. The locket and one of the rings were recovered from the body of Carl Asplund who drowned on the Titanic, they are all part of the Lillian Asplund collection of Titanic related items.
An emigration contract/ticket, purchased by the Asplund family for passage from Southampton to New York, and used on the Titanic, is seen at the Henry Aldridge and Son auctioneers in Devizes, Wiltshire, England Thursday, April 3, 2008. The locket and one of the rings were recovered from the body of Carl Asplund who drowned on the Titanic, they are all part of the Lillian Asplund collection of Titanic related items.
The crew of the RMS Titanic, pictured just before her maiden voyage. Photograph © National Museums Northern Ireland. Collection Ulster Folk & Transport Museum
The hull of the S.S. Titanic. under construction in dry dock. The tragic sinking of the Titanic nearly a century ago can be blamed on low grade rivets that the ship's builders used on some parts of the ill-fated liner, two experts on metals conclude in a new book. Photograph © National Museums Northern Ireland. Collection Ulster Folk & Transport Museum
This photo provided by Christie's auction house shows a life preserver from the ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic found during the initial search for survivors and owned by the same family for 90 years. Going on the auction block in June, it is the first Titanic life jacket to be offered at auction in the United States, and is one of about six believed to have survived to this day, Christie's said Thursday, May 29, 2008.
The Dutch Suite aboard the RMS Titanic. Photograph © National Museums Northern Ireland. Collection Harland & Wolff, Ulster Folk & Transport Museum
Roberta Maioni, a survivor of the Titanic disaster.
Roberta Maioni, a survivor of the Titanic disaster.
The White Star Line badge that was given to Roberta Maioni, a survivor of the Titanic disaster, by a man she was said to have fallen in love with during the boat's maiden voyage.
Sheet music for "Put Your Arms Around Me, Honey" from the Broadway production "Madame Sherry," (1910) is shown as part of the artifacts collection at a warehouse in Atlanta, Friday, Aug 15, 2008. The 5,500-piece collection contains almost everything recovered from the wreckage of the RMS Titanic, which has sat 2.5 miles below the surface of the Atlantic ocean since the boat sank on April 15, 1912.
Third-class tea cup china used by passengers and the crew, is shown as part of the artifacts collection at a warehouse in Atlanta, Friday, Aug 15, 2008. The 5,500-piece collection contains almost everything recovered from the wreckage of the RMS Titanic, which has sat 2.5 miles below the surface of the Atlantic ocean since the boat sank on April 15, 1912.
Currency, part of the artifacts collection of the Titanic, is shown as part of the artifacts collection at a warehouse in Atlanta, Friday, Aug 15, 2008. The 5,500-piece collection contains almost everything recovered from the wreckage of the RMS Titanic, which has sat 2.5 miles below the surface of the Atlantic ocean since the boat sank on April 15, 1912.
The work shirt of W. Allen, a 3rd class passenger on the Titanic, is shown as part of the artifacts collection at a warehouse in Atlanta, Friday, Aug 15, 2008. The 5,500-piece collection contains almost everything recovered from the wreckage of the RMS Titanic, which has sat 2.5 miles below the surface of the Atlantic ocean since the boat sank on April 15, 1912.
A seven of clubs card is shown as part of the artifacts collection at a warehouse in Atlanta, Friday, Aug 15, 2008. The 5,500-piece collection contains almost everything recovered from the wreckage of the RMS Titanic, which has sat 2.5 miles below the surface of the Atlantic ocean since the boat sank on April 15, 1912.
The pearl penknife, recovered from the body of Edmund Stone, victim of the Titanic disaster
The Service ForD "E" deck key, belonging to First Class Steward, Edmund Stone, victim of the Titanic disaster
A compensation letter sent to Millvina Dean's mother from the Titanic Relief Fund.
A 100-year-old suitcase belonging to Millvina Dean, the last remaining survivor of the Titanic
Harland & Wolff drawing room. Photograph © National Museums Northern Ireland. Collection Harland & Wolff, Ulster Folk & Transport Museum
Jack Thayer, Titanic survivor
The Thermos flask used to feed Titanic survivor baby, Barbara Dainton-West
The "unsinkable" four-funnelled ship the SS Titanic. Part of the White Star Line, Titanic sank off Newfoundland on her maiden voyage to the USA after striking an iceberg (14-15/4/1912). Photograph © National Museums Northern Ireland. Collection Ulster Folk & Transport Museum
The Titanic being built in Belfast. Photograph © National Museums Northern Ireland. Collection Harland & Wolff, Ulster Folk & Transport Museum
One of the three Titanic propellers -- the stern section landed upside-down.Photographed by Leonard Evans on 2 September 2000 from submersible MIR 1 -- 2.38 miles below surface of Atlantic Ocean.
Bow of Titanic - Photographed by Leonard Evans on 2 September 2000 from submersible Mir-1 -- 2.35 miles below surface of Atlantic Ocean.
Titanic stoker William McQuillan was feared lost at sea, but his grave was subsequently discovered in Canada after 93 years... the last resting place of an Ulster-born Titanic victim.
An 18-carat gold pocket watch which is among the rare artefacts connected to the Titanic to be sold by Bonhams and Butterfields in Massachusetts in the US on May 1. The watch, which was damaged when disaster struck mid-Atlantic, belonged to Nora Keane, an Irish immigrant, living in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania with her brothers and sisters.
A pair of glasses is displayed in the Titanic: Aritifact Exhibition at the Metreon on June 6, 2006 in San Francisco, California.
Binoculars are displayed in the Titanic: Aritifact Exhibition at the Metreon on June 6, 2006 in San Francisco, California.
One of the images on display at the Titanic - Built in Belfast exhibition in Union Station, Washington DC.
Story of the Titanic sinking on the Belfast Telegraph front page
The transporting of the Titanic's anchor. Photograph © National Museums Northern Ireland. Collection Harland & Wolff, Ulster Folk & Transport Museum
The Titanic Report at a book fair in the Wellington Park Hotel. The document, dated July 30, 1912, was the main attraction at the Belfast Antiquarian Book Fair in the Wellington Park Hotel. The report, which was published three months after the tragedy, was presented for sale by Arthur Davidson of Davidson Books at Spa, Ballynahinch
Titanic designer Thomas Andrews. Photograph © National Museums Northern Ireland. Collection Ulster Folk & Transport Museum
A deckchair removed from the Titanic just moments before it set sail from Cork.
Lillian Asplund, the last US survivor from the sinking of the Titanic, has died.
A ticket for the maiden voyage of Titanic.
People look at the 15 ton 13' by 30' portion of the First-Class C-Deck hull, one of the artifacts from the Titanic, at the Metreon on June 6, 2006 in San Francisco, California.
A telegraph wheel from the Titanic is displayed in the Titanic: Artifact Exhibition at the Metreon on June 6, 2006 in San Francisco, California.
Artifacts from the Titanic are displayed in the Titanic: Artifact Exhibition at the Metreon on June 6, 2006 in San Francisco, California.
A bowler hat is displayed in the Titanic: Aritifact Exhibition at the Metreon on June 6, 2006 in San Francisco, California. The exhibition opens on June 10, 2006 and will feature more than 300 authentic artifacts that have been recovered from Titanic's debris field. (Photo by David Paul Morris/Getty Images)
Olympic and Titanic. Photograph © National Museums Northern Ireland. Collection Harland & Wolff, Ulster Folk & Transport Museum
Shipyard worker William Parr (background) pictured in the Titanic gym along with instructor T W McCawley
Giant starboard anchor of the Titanic is raised for the last time. 1.55pm 11th April 1912 in a picture taken by Father Browne.
1st class dining room on RMS Titanic taken by Father Browne.
Marconi Room on RMS Titanic showing Harold Bride in a picture taken by Father Browne.
White Star Wharf, Queenstown (Cobh) showing crowds waiting to embark on the tenders in a picture taken by Father Browne.
Brilliant new footage of a first class cabin on the Titanic. A live television link-up shows spectacular footage of the captain's cabin
Brilliant new footage of a first class cabin on the Titanic. A live television link-up shows spectacular footage of the captain's cabin
Pipes and the captain's bathtub are shown in this July 2003 photo, of what remains of the captain's cabin on the Titanic more than two miles underwater in the north Atlantic. Recent research dives to the legendary shipwreck are showing the vessel is deteriorating faster than earlier thought.
Front page of Belfast Telegraph
Titanic. Photograph © National Museums Northern Ireland. Collection Harland & Wolff, Ulster Folk & Transport Museum
The key to the binoculars store on the Titanic
Titanic. Photograph © National Museums Northern Ireland. Collection Ulster Folk & Transport Museum
Shipyard men fitting the starboard tailshaft of the Titanic prior to her launch. Photograph © National Museums Northern Ireland. Collection Harland & Wolff, Ulster Folk & Transport Museum
The Titanic launches into the water. Photograph © National Museums Northern Ireland. Collection Harland & Wolff, Ulster Folk & Transport Museum
The shipyard men leaving Queen's Island at the end of a working day in May 1911. Some of them have boarded electric trams for parts of the city beyond walking distance. In the background the Titanic can be seen under her huge gantry. Photograph © National Museums Northern Ireland. Collection Harland & Wolff, Ulster Folk & Transport Museum
A few of the 15,000 workmen employed by Harland and Wolff Ltd. at Queen's Island, Belfast, with Titanic in the background.
Three loftsmen, pictured in 1910 chalking the lines of a ship on portable wooden flooring at Harland and Wolff. Photograph © National Museums Northern Ireland. Collection Harland & Wolff, Ulster Folk & Transport Museum
The Titanic had a fully equiped gymnasium 44 feet long and 18 feet wide. Photograph © National Museums Northern Ireland. Collection Harland & Wolff, Ulster Folk & Transport Museum
Titanic. Photograph © National Museums Northern Ireland. Collection Harland & Wolff, Ulster Folk & Transport Museum
Long-lost film footage of the Titanic, showing the doomed ship moving slowly through Belfast Lough, has been discovered in the loft of a house in Glasgow. The Titanic moored in Belfast before it set sail on its fateful journey
Long-lost film footage of the Titanic, showing the doomed ship moving slowly through Belfast Lough, has been discovered in the loft of a house in Glasgow.
Frances Godden of Bonhams auction house inspects a silver table centrepiece from the a la carte restaurant on the White Star liner Titanic which sunk in 1912.
A very rare lunch menu for the first full meal served aboard the Titanic, dated April 2, 1914.
A letter written by first-class passenger Miss Alice Lennox-Conyngham to her nephew Alan Duff on the Titanic. The letter, postmarked only three days before the liner hit an iceberg and sank on its maiden voyage in 1912, had been used as a bookmark for years by its unsuspecting owner before a chance conversation revealed its value.
Titanic Ship
First class tea cup china used by passengers on the Titanic
Third class china used by passengers and the crew on the Titanic
Lord Pirrie, the former head of Harland & Wolff and instigator of the Olympic Class liners constructed on the Queen's Island almost 100 years ago.
First Class menu from the RMS Titanic.
Lunch menu from the RMS Titanic.
Colin Cobb's Titanic Walking Tours. The pump house at Thompson graving dock.
Colin Cobb's Titanic Walking Tours. An original keel block from the Thompson graving dock
Colin Cobb's Titanic Walking Tours. The Thompson graving dock and pump house
Colin Cobb's Titanic Walking Tours. The Thompson graving dock and pump house where the Titanic's hull inspection and propeller work was done
Colin Cobb's Titanic Walking Tours. The tour reaches the gates through which the Titanic workers travelled each day.
The Titanic Building will immortalise one of history's most enduring tales

Stepping through the revolving entrance door immediately transports the visitor into another world, one of industry and shipbuilding.

The large atrium is a mix of sleek modern finishes and a bygone era.

Four ticket booths on the right-hand side are bordered by wooden surrounds, designed to look like the huge keel blocks on which Titanic rested in the dry dock.

Rising above you is a huge 60ft high wall, plated in rusted-effect metal sheets the same size as those used to build Titanic’s hull.

On the opposite wall the names and numbers of all the ships Harland and Wolff built in that era are marked. In the centre of the atrium is a tiled maritime compass, with lines from Thomas Garnduff’s 1924 poem, Songs From the Shipyard, emblazoned around it.

Standing on that spot, you can look out through the other entrances towards Titanic and Olympic’s slipways in front of you, Harland and Wolff drawing offices to the right, and a view over Belfast harbour to the left.

Above you is a criss-cross of escalators and suspended walkways — including Ireland’s longest freespan escalator, at over 25m long.

At the top of it is a pointed viewing platform, reminiscent of the bow of a ship, which is sure to have tourists acting out their very own ‘Jack and Rose’ moments.

Large wooden blocks, stacked on top of each other and engraved with writing, take the place of the usual wall signage, directing visitors where to go.

Also situated in the atrium — billed as a public space for anyone to enjoy — are a cafe, a bistro and a souvenir shop where you can buy all types of Titanic memorabilia and books, including cutlery with the RMS Titanic logo.



GALLERY ONE

The Titanic ‘journey’ starts on the first floor with gallery one, Boomtown Belfast, which sets the scene of what the city was like at the time the famous ship was built.

Birds chirp overhead as you walk through the entrance, greeted by a huge screen with a street scene from early 1900s. There are a number of these screens inside the gallery, with silhouettes of actors walking around to give the impression of a bustling industrial city.

The four major industries of the time — shipbuilding, rope, linen and tobacco — are detailed, with facts and figures on wall panelling or hanging from the ceiling. The gallery includes an intricate model of the Harland and Wolff shipyard. There are newspaper stands with headlines from the era, taking visitors back to the time of the Home Rule debate and pre-First World War.

On one screen two actors discuss White Star Line’s most recent contract win — three luxury liners, including the Titanic, to be the largest ship in the world.

“The ships will be constructed in our finest shipyard, with our most skilled workers,” the actor says.

Visitors then walk through an original set of Harland and Wolff gates into a design area, where an interactive floor enables them to view plans for the Titanic. Stepping on different parts brings up new details, or in other programmes, games — such as jumping on dots representing rivets to see how many you can ‘fit’ in 30 seconds — showing how much work went into building the luxury liner.

Original drawings of the ship and scale models are also in this section.



GALLERY TWO

Then it’s around the corner into gallery two, The Shipyard, where visitors are met by a 20m high steel scaffolding representing the huge Arrol gantry which was purpose-built to construct Titanic and Olympic.

On top of it is a screen playing footage of shipyard workers on the gantry.

You enter an industrial-style cage lift which takes you up to the top of the gantry, where, walking along planks of wood with exposed steel girders on the side and above, you get a feel for what the workers’ conditions were like — looking over the edge you can see tools and “authentic mess” lying at the bottom.

A head for heights is a benefit here.

In the background noise of the shipyard plays — loud bang

ing and hammering — and as you walk around the structure you’re surrounded by images and photographs of life as a shipbuilder.

Then, as a wave of greasy oil and engine fumes hits your nose, you’re at the entrance of the much-talked about shipyard ride.

A minimum height of 130cm (seven years old) is in place for this ride, which takes you in a six-seater cart through the shipyard.

Descending down into the dark bows of the construction, with loud banging in your ears, you can see workers shaping steel girders in a furnace, hammering in rivets to the ship’s hull, as an audio voiceover describes some of the processes and difficult conditions the Harland and Wolff employees worked in.

The ride twists and turns, jerks and rotates before moving through a scale replica of a section of Titanic’s rudder.

The noise, smells and lighting effects, combined with acted video footage of shipyard workers, all help to immerse the visitor in a sense of what life was like working in the yard.

When you step off the ride there are information panels and interactive stations to further explore shipbuilding, or for anyone who didn’t want to take the ride.



GALLERY THREE

Stepping into gallery three, The Launch, is like entering a different world – bright, light and airy, this represents the excitement of the launch day, when 100,000 people turned up to see Titanic glide into Belfast Lough in May 1911.

A huge window dominates this gallery, where another window shows Titanic in the slipway. A few seconds later, it partially clears – leaving the image of the Arrol Gantry in place – revealing the slipways and docks as they are today.

A huge chain rests on the floor, while overhead a video of a ship’s launch plays. There’s information panels on the launch, including original Harland and Wolff launch books.

GALLERY FOUR

Walking into gallery four, The Fit-Out, you are greeted with a large-scale model of the famous ship.

Information panels give details of the liner, while huge images of the ship, inside and out, adorn the wall.

Once inside, a glass cabinet in the middle of the room depicts a first class cabin, with moving images of actors inside.

The luxury of the liner is clear – especially when compared to the much smaller second and third class cabins, where again actors sit inside, reliving the passengers journey.

The main feature in the gallery is what has become known as ‘the cave’ – three huge screens form an almost complete box around you as you stand watching 3D CGI footage of the inside of the Titanic.

Using the same technology as the makers of the movie Avatar, this three-minute journey up through seven levels of the ship gives you a real sense of what it was like on board.

And it’s not just visual, audio accompanies each, from the sound of the engine room to the orchestral music in the first class dining room, to chatting and laughter in the third class dining area and the sound of the sea in the captains area.

This is definitely a must-see feature, and is an impressive addition to the gallery.

Coming out of the cave, visitors can then read all about the opulence and furnishings of the Titanic including what materials and fabrics were used – not to mention who |and what was on board.



GALLERY FIVE

Living history: a large chain which would have been used on the boat and (below) Ali Hill looking at an old photograph of the ship as it sailed out to sea

Moving into gallery five, The Maiden Voyage, is like walking out onto Titanic’s deck.

A wooden floor beneath you and windows all around, you are surrounded by light.

There’s wooden benches to sit on and look out across the industrial landscape of the docks and Belfast harbour, or on the opposite side a view down the atrium. On huge glass panels there are enlargements of |Father Frank Browne’s famous photographs depicting life on board — the last surviving |photographs of the Titanic and its passengers.

On one wall is the last photograph ever taken of the fateful liner, as it sailed out of Cobh harbour.



GALLERY SIX

Turning a corner into gallery six, The Sinking, everything changes. Immediately the temperature drops, ice-cold air is blasted into the dark hallway, and a rippling water effect moves beneath your feet.

The sound of beeping morse code messages plays in the background as they appear dotted on electronic panels, and the atmosphere quickly changes.

Gone is the happy, vibrant feeling of the last three galleries — here the tragedy of the Titanic story unfolds.

Along the walls some of the last morse code messages sent to and from the ship are written out, recreating the feeling of dread and fear which ran through the minds of the passengers and crew.

From SOS signals to one of the final messages, simply saying: “Cannot last much longer.”

Moving through to where graphic novel style images of the Titanic sinking on a calm, still sea are projected, you can hear genuine audio of some of the ship’s survivors telling their stories. It has a truly sobering effect.

Information boards detail the events that happened that night, survivors stories, and the confusion which reigned afterwards as news of the collision reached the Press.

These can be explored further on the interactive panels.

In one, a copy of the Belfast Evening Telegraph shows how this newspaper reported events just hours after the sinking. It was not known then the scale of the tragedy, and it was reported that all passengers had safely been transferred to life-boats, with no loss of life.

On a far wall — made from 400 white replica life-jackets — which give an eerie iceberg effect — an image of the Titanic sinking is played.

GALLERY SEVEN



As you descend the stairs into gallery seven, The Aftermath, the wall of life-jackets is on your right-hand side.

At the bottom a huge life-boat stands in front of you, a real-size replica of the ones which were on board the Titanic, big enough to hold 65 people, and which passengers were transferred onto as the ship sank into the icy Atlantic Ocean.

It’s a clear reference to what we now know – that there were not enough life-boats on the ship to save everybody.

Set in the middle of the boat is a huge double-sided television screen – on one side actors depict the American inquiry into the tragedy, on the other the British inquiry.

Various accents recall events, while sober American and English voices question what happened.

On large information panels on either side, more details of each of the inquiries are provided, with pull out quotes.

At the side of the stairs |are four large-scale computer tablets.

These interactive screens for visitors to search a database of who was on board the Titanic.

With 38 different nationalities on board, it is set to be a key draw for tourists wishing to trace their ancestors, providing details including name, gender, nationality, job, and which class passenger of each person on board.

Further down the gallery is information on Harland and Wolff right up to the present day, as well as details of Titanic’s sister ships, Olympic and Britannic.



GALLERY EIGHT

Walking through a bright yellow mock Harland and Wolff crane into gallery eight, Myths and Legends, the sounds of Celine Dion’s, My Heart Will Go On, drifts towards you.

A cinema screen in front of you is playing clips from some of the films, songs and characters which have been recreated of the Titanic story, including the James Cameron 1996 blockbuster.

Underneath the yellow crane, details about ‘Samson and Goliath’ are provided – when they were built, their heights, and how much weight they can hold.

Posters line the wall, advertising Titanic movies and plays, photographs of some of the famous characters, and some of the more memorable quotes.

A glass display cabinet holds items of Titanic memorabilia, while a long table-like interactive panel provides more details of the films, plays, books and poems inspired by the ship.

But the real draw will be the four interactive tablets at the far side which visitors can use to explore the myths that surround the Titanic.

Set out in the form of a quiz, burning questions – like was there a cursed mummy on board, did White Star Line claim Titanic was ‘unsinkable’, and did the ship’s hull number, in a Protestant plot, spell out the words ‘no pope’? – will all be answered.

GALLERY NINE

Turning a corner there’s a video of Dr Robert Ballard — the man who discovered Titanic’s wreck site — talking about his historic find.

It marks the entry to gallery nine, Titanic Beneath, where visitors can watch original footage of Dr Ballard’s undersea discovery of the wreck, along with audio from the exploration, on a 12m-wide cinema screen.

At first, the gallery is set out like a darkened cinema room, with pull-down seats available for those who want to watch the whole 10-minute video.

A rippling water effect is projected on the walls and a soft blue-green light gives the feeling of being underwater.

From there you walk down a set of stairs to what is sure to be a highlight for many — the glass floor which allows visitors to stand and look down on a fish-eye view of the Titanic wreck as it sits on the ocean floor.

Thousands of photographs taken by Dr Ballard’s team have been stitched together to create a complete image of the liner in high-definition.

It makes for an unusual feeling, as you stand above the wreck and it floats past your feet, and on one side the video footage is still playing, with Dr Ballard’s voice saying things like, “this is it, that’s the Titanic — pretty impressive, right?” in the background.

Interactive booths allow visitors to explore in more detail the wreck site and debris field, and some of the objects discovered by Dr Ballard’s team.

Down another set of stairs and you’re in the ocean exploration centre. Here there are several television screens showing the team working on the Titanic wreck exploration — some show the control centre with staff relaying information, others sonar charts and data imaging.

This will essentially be the main educational facility in the building, with a dedicated marine biologist available to talk to and explain what’s on the screens.

As well as teaming up with local universities to explore Northern Ireland’s waters, it will also show live high-definition footage of Dr Ballard’s dives from all around the world.

Beneath the myth: Kalista McErlane looking up at a painting of the Titanic and (far left) a man using one of the interactive booths and (left) the staircase of the Titanic

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