Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Titanic launch - 95th anniversary observed in ceremony in Belfast

In a small dose of Belfast news, today was the 95th anniversary of the launch of the Titanic from the Number 3 slipway at Belfast’s Harland and Wolff ship works.

At 12:15 this afternoon, a whistle was blown in a simple ceremony. The Belfast Titanic Society along with Belfast’s Lord Mayor had travelled by boat to the spot where the famous vessel was launched back in 1911. A minute’s silence followed, remembering those who had lost their lives on the liner’s maiden voyage, as well as those who had been involved in her construction.

According to the Belfast Titanic Society’s 101 Facts webpage:
  • the launch took 62 seconds to complete;
  • the process consumed 23 tons of tallow and soft soap.

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