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Belfast marks 30th years since Titanic wreck found on seabed

By Rachel Martin

Published 01/09/2015

The 30th anniversary of the discovery of the wreck of the Titanic will be marked with a series of events at Titanic Belfast.

The Explorer Club Flag secretly carried on board the ship that rediscovered the Titanic will go on display for the first time in Belfast.

The flag, which represents more than a century of tradition and feats of exploration, was on board the 1985 Titanic Discovery Expedition and will be on display throughout September.

The club flag has been carried to both poles, to the deepest and highest points on earth, and on every Apollo mission to the moon. Rory Golden, Explorers Club member who worked to secure the flag for Titanic Belfast, and the first Irish diver to visit the resting place of the Titanic, said: "The history of this flag is like no other due to its connection with Titanic.

"The 1985 expedition to Titanic was shrouded in secrecy; therefore, no official application could be made for permission to carry The Explorers Club Flag.

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"However, Ralph White, Explorers Club member and cameraman, had one secretly made. When Titanic was discovered, he unveiled it.

"I'm delighted that the flag will be exhibited at Titanic Belfast, especially as it is due to be retired after the visit and put permanently on display at The Explorers Club headquarters in New York."

Titanic Belfast will also be screening footage made by Ralph White from the moment of discovery, as well as hosting a live interaction with Dr Robert Ballard, the discoverer of the Titanic.

Meanwhile, the Titanic's last lunch menu, saved by a passenger who boarded the "Money Boat" before the liner sank, is estimated to fetch $70,000 (£45,000) at auction.

The online New York auctioneer Lion Heart Autographs is offering the menu and other artefacts from Lifeboat 1 on September 30.

Lifeboat 1 was dubbed the Money Boat because of rumours one of millionaires on board bribed crew members to row the boat away from the sinking ship rather than rescue others.

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