It is obvious why they choose Titanic in their claims, and yet neglect the names of its two, more successful, sister ships Olympic and Britannic, but I feel that it is a shame in many ways. Britannic was lost in the First World War, (as I mentioned in a post 'Ironic - and her sister ships' a few months ago) but Olympic was a great success for the White Star Line.
But, as they like to say in Belfast, "there was nothing wrong with Titanic when she left here".
So here is the huge dry dock, The Thompson Graving Dock, that was built in Belfast for the Olympic Class liners. Construction was completed in 1911, just in time after great difficulty due to the soft ground. The ships fitted rather snugly into this space, being just 5 feet shorter than the available length!
|Titanic (and Olympic)'s dry dock.|
|The view from the floor of Titanic's dry dock.|
|Titanic's dock - two of the three pumps to empty the dock.|
I've been visiting Belfast for 30 years an often wondered exactly where Titanic was built. At last that area of the city is being opened again.
Do go to see it if you can (even though their web site is singularly unhelpful and contains pages where the text has never been added)!