The 31st of May 2011 marked the 100th anniversary of the launch of the Titanic. It was a launch witnessed by thousands, all gathered at various vantage points in Belfast to send off ship number 401 at 13 minutes past noon.
In Titanic – Belfast’s Own, Stephen Cameron looks at this most famous of ships from a new perspective. He tells of the conception and birth of SS 401, as she was known in the yard.
Extensively illustrated, and packed with detailed information on her early days, this is the story of bringing a dream to life.
So ambitious was this dream that men were to die before ever the ship was launched. But even when she had left Ulster’s shores to sail to Southampton on the first leg of her fateful voyage, the Titanic had not finished with the people of Ulster. In a gripping and heart-rending chapter Stephen Cameron writes of Ulster people who sailed with the mighty ship. For many it was to be their last journey, as the dream turned to nightmare and the glory to pain.
From the Author
This book started over 6 years ago as a research project, Harland and Wolff allowed me access to their records, which had lain undisturbed since 1912. A great deal of research went into the local Ulster people who sailed on the ship and whose lives were touched by the disaster.This book finally puts Belfast on the map as far as the story of Titanic is concerned, by telling the story of how Titanic affected the people and also the outpouring of grief after the disaster.Many new photographs and documents are reproduced in this book, including Lord Pirrie's letter of document disposal and a new photograph of Thomas Andrews the designer of the Titanic.