Often referred to as the “unsinkable ship” of its time, RMS Titanic was a British passenger ship that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean in the early hours of 15 April 1912, after colliding with an iceberg during its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City resulting in the deaths of 1,503 people. The Titanic disaster has never faded from the world’s imagination and, even though more than 100 years have passed, is an event of permanent interest. Here are 5-key points to remember when visiting the Titanic Centre in Belfast:
- Construction of this famous ship began in 1909 in a Belfast shipyard run by the shipbuilding company Harland and Wolff – designed by Irishmen and built by Irishmen;
- The RMS Titanic was the world’s largest passenger ship when it entered service (April 1912) and the largest man-made moving object on Earth. Today, Titanic Belfast is the world’s largest Titanic visitor experience and leading tourist attraction in Northern Ireland;
- The Titanic’s maiden voyage was a return trip from Britain to America. The outward route was Southampton, England – Cherbourg, France – Queenstown, Ireland (today it’s known as Cobh, Cork) – New York, USA;
- The Grand Staircase on board descended down seven of the ship’s 10 decks and was a key feature in the Titanic movie. This is replicated at the Titanic Museum in Belfast when you book for afternoon tea and it makes a great souvenir photograph;
- The wreck of the Titanic was discovered in 1985 and lies 370 miles off the coast of Newfoundland, around 12,500 feet below the surface.