Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Memorial plaque for Titanic workers

Titanic leaves Southampton on her maiden voyage on April 15 2012 (AP)

A memorial plaque in tribute to eight shipyard workers who lost their lives during the construction of the Titanic has been unveiled.

First Minister Peter Robinson unveiled the memorial erected outside the club rooms of Harland and Wolff Welders’ Football and Social Club in east Belfast.

The Titanic employed more than 3,000 people throughout its construction.

The prestigious liner sank on its maiden voyage across the Atlantic on April 12, 1912, after hitting an iceberg.

A total of 1,517 lives were lost.

Mr Robinson said: “In an era when the phrase ‘health and safety’ did not even exist, it was seen as an inevitability that lives would be lost during any major construction or engineering project.

“The eight men who lost their lives during the construction of Titanic are an integral part of the story of the ship.”

Mr Robinson said there was an important story to be told of those who built the ship.

Harland and Wolff Club chef and member Tucker Smith organised the plaque.

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