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Editor's Viewpoint: A timely reminder of our rich shipbuilding heritage

Tools from the shipyard
Tools from the shipyard

Editor's Viewpoint

It is ironic that as the last remaining vestiges of the Harland & Wolff business are about to be extinguished Belfast should play host to an exhibition of artefacts from the period when the Belfast shipyard was one of the major marine industries in the world. There are fascinating and never before seen items - from a simple saw used by a workman on the Titanic to a huge sewing machine thought to have been used in the manufacture of sails.

The artefacts are a reminder of the rich heritage of shipbuilding in the city and how the skills acquired have survived for more than a century. If the gates finally shut at the Queen's Island site part of the DNA of Belfast will be gone.

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