Titanic Belfast – where the story began

The RMS Titanic – designated RMS for ‘Royal Mail Ship’ – was one of the biggest ships ever built. It sank in the freezing North Atlantic on its maiden voyage in 1912, after hitting an iceberg, and it went down quickly – within three hours of the collision. The ship only carried enough lifeboats for about half the number of people on board and over 1,500 people drowned, with another 700 eventually pulled from the water.

It’s a famous story, but the bare facts lose their power over time. The last survivors – babies on the voyage – succumbed to old age and not an icy sea, and the Titanic story has largely become one of myth and legend. Fiction intrudes upon memory, so that Leonardo and Kate speak to us – “I’ll never let go, Jack” – in a way the actual passengers never could.

For the real story, you need to go back to the place where it all began – Belfast.

Titanic was built in the Harland and Wolff shipyards, and it’s there – on the actual slipway – that Titanic Belfast tells the tale. It’s a stirring story of industry, commerce and design, laced with personal testimony, heroism and heartbreak. The people who built Titanic, and those who sailed on her, and died on her, explode the myths and speak their truths, and it’s both chilling and uplifting to put actual human experience at the heart of the Titanic story.

Join me on my walk-through video at the Titanic visitor experience – an extraordinary building that does a remarkable job in shining a light on a story you think you already know.


Find out more at Titanic Belfast.

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Hi, I'm Jules – travel blogger & Rough Guides writer – sharing travel-writing tips, travel ideas and amazing places. I hope my journey can inspire your next trip, and I wish you happy travels in fascinating places

3 thoughts on “Titanic Belfast – where the story began

  1. Ciao Jules. Looks like a great ‘experience’. The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic also has an interactive, educational Titanic exhibit. I wrote a post last year about Halifax and the Titanic ( all the bodies were brought to Halifax) and my view on the reasons for ongoing media fascination with the ship. The history and things that happened as a result are fascinating. Ciao, Cristina

    1. It really is fascinating. The thing I took away was how class-based the survival rates were – basically, if you were travelling second- or third-class, in steerage, you were screwed.

      1. Yes it was awful. They had dioramas of the first, second and third class rooms and the menus. Huge differences. The price of a first class ticket was equivalent to about $60,000 today! They decreased the lifeboats because they obstructed the view! The lack of safety standards was horrible, and went through a huge overhaul after the sinking. The biggest thing to me though was the audacity….’even God can’t sink this ship’. I must try to get to the Belfast exhibit one day. Ciao, Cristina

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