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This article has been specially written for thousands of pupils from across Northern Ireland who are doing the Belfast Telegraph cross-curricular project on Titanic. Today concludes a six-week period in which we have focused on the iconic ship which was built in Belfast.

Thousands drawn to city by legacy of iconic ship

It's been over 100 years since the sinking of the Titanic in 1912, but the ship is still talked about to this very day.

The most iconic ship in history has left a lasting legacy and nowhere more so than in Belfast, where the Titanic was built.

In Northern Ireland's capital city there is an area called the Titanic Quarter which has restaurants, hotels and visitor attractions.

The centrepiece of the Titanic Quarter is Titanic Belfast, a building designed to reflect the industrial legacy of Harland & Wolff, the firm which constructed the Titanic.

Titanic Belfast is an eye-catching building and was opened to the public in 2012.

Last year it was named the world's leading tourist attraction at the World Travel Awards, having previously claimed the best European tourist attraction prize.

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There are lots of things to see and do for families, giving children and adults an insight into the legend of the Titanic.

Titanic Belfast is located beside the site of where the ship of the same name was built and in an interactive way the Titanic experience and tour outlines how it was constructed and launched as well as telling the story of how things went wrong when it struck an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean.

Beside Titanic Belfast is SS Nomadic, a boat which was built in 1911 to ferry first and second class passengers to the Titanic when anchored off Cherbourg in France.

The Nomadic returned to Belfast in 2006 to be restored. It is an historic vessel and the last remaining White Star Line ship in the world. It is no surprise that the Nomadic attracts so many visitors.

Also popular is the huge Thompson Graving Dock, which was made by the Belfast Harbour Commissioners and opened in 1911. It was a massive 268 metres long and was designed to accommodate huge ships such as the Titanic.

The adjoining Pump House has been converted into a visitor centre with modern interactive facilities. When the Titanic was being constructed the Pump House's function was to pump out water from the dock to allow workers access to the underside of the ship.

Northern Ireland Science Park is also located in the Titanic Quarter.

No ship in the history of the world has ever created as much interest as the Titanic. Countless books have been written and numerous movies, including one starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, have been made about the Titanic, which is spoken about all over the globe.

It will continue to fascinate millions of people for decades to come.

Each week we will write about various people with a connection to the Titanic. Today we feature Eva Miriam Hart

Eva Miriam Hart became one of the most famous passengers on the Titanic.

Born on January 31, 1905, in London, she and her parents, Benjamin and Esther, boarded the ship as second class passengers in Southampton, bound for New York. They wanted to start a new life.

They had been due to board a ship called the Philadelphia but it did not sail due to a coal strike in Southampton and they were transferred to the Titanic, which Eva's mum was not too happy about.

Eva, who was seven at the time, was asleep when the Titanic struck the iceberg. Her dad wrapped her in a blanket and took Eva and her mum to the boat deck where he placed them in a lifeboat.

Sadly, while Eva and her mum survived, her dad was one of the many who died due to the Titanic sinking.

Eva and her mother went back to live in the United Kingdom. When her mum died in 1928 Eva returned to the sea to confront her fears in an attempt to stop the nightmares she was having about the disaster.

In later years Hart was very outspoken about the Titanic, criticising the White Star Line for failing to provide enough lifeboats on the ship. She also talked about why she was against efforts to salvage the vessel, insisting that the Titanic was a gravesite for 1,500 people and should be treated as such.

She was a professional singer, a magistrate and worked for the Conservative Party, and was active well into her 80s, attending several Titanic Historical Society conventions.

In 1994 Eva, who was awarded an MBE for her service to the community, wrote her autobiography which was called 'Shadow of the Titanic: A Survivor's Story'.

She died on February 14, 1996, just two weeks after her 91st birthday.

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