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I was born in Belfast Northern Ireland (although I have lived in Lisburn just 9 miles up the road since my childhood)

However...it's Sunday afternoon and my wife and I decided to take a little visit to Belfast to have a look at the birthplace of The most famous Ship ever built.....the Titanic..!

It was built at Harland and Wolff Shipyards (Belfast) ....started in March 1909...and finished May 1911.

There is a great visitor centre there and adjacent to it is the Hamilton Dock where the last surviving 'White Star Line' ship in existence "The Nomadic" resides....! (It was the supply vessel to the Titanic)

It was built in there in 1910 on slipway 1 (yard number 422) alongside RMS Olympic and RMS Titanic which were constructed on slipways 2 and 3 respectively

The Hamilton Graving Dry Dock in which it resides was built between 1864~1867..

Just in front of the 'Nomadic' is a vessel called the 'Caisson'.....this was built to have a profile the shape of a ships hull and was used as a "Gate" to block off the dock while the ships were under construction...

It was built in 1867.....

Workers used the wooden walkway in its top as access to either side of the dock during construction of the Ships....and it is one the oldest remaining Harland and Wolff constructions.

We didn't go into the exhibition of the Titanic...or board the Nomadic...but will do so on another day...although I did take one shot as you would board it..

Anyway here are some photos which should give you a flavour...




































Compare the size of the Titanic with that of the Nomadic alongside it...!!



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Most famous?..... Don't think so
In no particular order:
HMS Victory, Admiral Nelson's ship
Cutty Sark, one of the last Tea Clippers
USS Constitution, oldest Commissioned Navy ship
HMS Hood, pride of the British Navy
Queen Anne's Revenge, terror of the West Indies and Eastern US coast under the pirate Black Beard
Argo, Jason and the Argonauts
KMS Bismarck
Flying Cloud, Clipper ship, set a New York to San Francisco record that stood for over 100 years
HMS Bounty
Nuestra Senora de Atocha, the richest of the Spanish galleons ever found, and they looked for her for 400 years

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Nice pix, thanks Brian....I will wager (particularly since the movie) that more people know the story of the Titanic then any of the other "Top Ten" listed. Makes it pretty damn famous (or infamous) in my mind.
 

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Nice pix, thanks Brian....I will wager (particularly since the movie) that more people know the story of the Titanic then any of the other "Top Ten" listed. Makes it pretty damn famous (or infamous) in my mind.
Which movie Ed..? "A Night to remember"...."Raise the Titanic"...or "Titanic" (with DiCaprio and Winslett..etc) ...or The documentaries of its discovery by Dr Robert Ballard.....?

Anyway ..Thank you....:)

Regarding the Titanic...there are also some pretty cool murals painted on the street walls of the local neighbourhood...
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Which movie Ed..? "A Night to remember"...."Raise the Titanic"...or "Titanic" (with DiCaprio and Winslett..etc) ...or The documentaries of its discovery by Dr Robert Ballard.....?

Anyway ..Thank you....:)

Regarding the Titanic...there are also some pretty cool murals painted on the street walls of the local neighbourhood...
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The Academy Award winning movie ...... of course. Really a good flick, don't you think?? :wink2:

Looks like a place I need to visit...... Thanks for posting the additional pics.
 

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Great Brian,

Thanks for sharing your Titanic visit...and the Nomadic, surviving Whitestar ship looks just lovely.

A bit of trivia... Charles Lightoller was the second mate on the Titanic and as such was the highest ranking officer to survive the disaster.
He was off duty at the time of the collision and stayed with the ship until the last moments as she slipped beneath the water.
As the ship sank he was sucked under against the ships side...He was lucky as as the ship went down a rush of air came through the grill he was pinned to and pushed him back to the surface.

He was narrowly missed by a falling funnel. He managed to find and right an overturned lifeboat and rescued a
lot of people who were in the water. He survived the night and was the last person to board the rescue ship.

A fascinating piece of survival...How did he do it ? !!

Another twist here is that at the time of the Dunkirk evacuation " operation Dynamo" , he was in retirement and owned a pleasure craft called the Sundowner which was moored in Ramsgate. The Royal Navy commandeered his boat to use as part of the fleet of " Little Ships" explaining to Lightoller now in his 70's that they would put a RN Skipper on board. Lightoller refused saying that if his boat was being used then he would be the skipper...So he took Sundowner into the maelstrom and rescued 130 men from the evacuation beaches.

A further coincidence being the Sundowner was launched in 1912..the year the Titanic was lost. You can still see Sundowner in Ramsgate.

We all call Nelson Admiral, but at the time of his death he was a Vice-Admiral. They put his body in a cask of Brandy to preserve him for the long journey back to England after Trafalgar. Hence the saying, " Beer for the Boys, Port for gentlemen and Brandy for Heros"

The worlds oldest Commissioned warship is HMS Victory she doesn't float and is berthed in the the worlds oldest graving dock in Portsmouth Harbour,
The worlds oldest commissioned warship still floating is the USS Constitution.

Ive been on board " Old Ironsides" in Boston and she is absolutely stunning...I've also been on board HMS Victory a number of times and it is a very humbling experience...

We have one of Constitution's sister ships , the USS Chesapeake in Hampshire near Portsmouth..but that's another story ! equally fascinating too.

Joe
 
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