Belfast Telegraph

Titanic showpiece to recreate liner’s tale

By Margaret Canning

The temperature drops and the voices of survivors recorded 50 years ago recount harrowing tales of making it through one of the most infamous disasters of the last century.

That is the desired effect of one of the galleries in the Titanic Belfast attraction which is set to open in time for the centenary of the Belfast-made liner.

Giving a tour of the 93ft building, the same height as the ship, project manager Noel Molloy said that Titanic Belfast would recreate the Titanic story.

It will evoke Belfast as a twentieth century industrial powerhouse and depict the tragic end of the ‘unsinkable’ ship and 1,500 of her passengers, its aftermath and the recovery of her wreck in 1985.

The construction expert said the centenary gave Northern Ireland the opportunity to offer “another level” of tourist attraction.

“When something comes up like this you really have to grab it with both hands and use it.”

The building, which is the centre piece of the Titanic Quarter, is set on a reproduction of the map of the world, reminding visitors of locations associated with Titanic such as Southampton, New York and Cherbourg in the north of France.

A gallery will recreate the heat and smell of the shipyard and visitors can view the first, second and third class cabins.

But Mr Molloy said: “We don’t do Disney. We do everything fairly subtly to get it right.”

There is a banqueting suite and a replica of the Titanic’s grand staircase.

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