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Harbour book is launched

A new book celebrating 400 years of Belfast Harbour, was launched earlier this week.

‘Titanic Port’, written by the award-winning journalist and author Alf McCreary, tells the story of those who built the harbour and, in turn, laid the foundations for Belfast’s emergence as a major urban and commercial centre.

Mr McCreary said: “Titanic Port has been a considerable challenge but I deliberately set out to write a comprehensive history. I’ve also tried to capture the personalities and anecdotes which resonate so readily throughout Belfast Harbour Estate.

“There are too many to mention in detail, but the book is full of characters such as Buck Alec, who kept two live lions in a cage near his North Belfast house, and Alexander Mitchell, the blind 19th Century engineer who pioneered screw-piling.

“There are also, of course, the great personalities associated with the Titanic and I’ve looked at how Belfast’s relationship with the ship has changed.”

Three-years in the making, the book is based on unprecedented access to the harbour’s records, dating back to 1613 when King James I authorised the construction of a small wharf on the river Lagan. The book also contains over 700 illustrations including many previously unseen photographs, and is currently on sale in all good bookshops.

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