Hello all from the shadow of the great Harland & Wolff shipyard in Belfast,
I just stumbled on your site and I congratulate everyone involved in the Titanic Historical Society.
I was reading on the forum about the Titanic Signature Project and I was disappointed with some of the posts I read especially those from “Tom McCluskie” who says he is from Northern Ireland.
Firstly he said about a poll of UTV viewers and 65% of people disagreed about the money that Titanic Belfast was going to cost. I can say that I never remembered such a poll and I am sure that the people of Belfast would say such a thing about something so deep in affection held by all here. And as for money, think of the money that has been wasted in thirty years of troubles in Northern Ireland and now our Local Government made up from both sides of our community, decided and helped finance this for all our people to be proud of, and I hope that this is the first of many things that will bring the world to our shores.
I don’t know if Mr McCluskie has himself any history of the H&W shipyard and the Titanic, but I have plenty of history of which I am very proud of firstly my two great grandfathers worked on the Titanic and her sisters, one a riveter and the other a master joiner (carpenter) also my grandfather and my father as well as myself worked at H&W as welders.
Also I am a very proud member of the Harland & Wolff Welders Football and Social Club 18-20 Dee Street Belfast and where there are a lot of original photographs and paintings about the Titanic and other ships built in the yard, many of the photos are ones you would never see anywhere else in Belfast or on the internet, and some came from the drawing office where the Titanic was designed.
Some of the other posts are very negative and I sense a touch of envy of what we are doing here in Belfast with The Titanic Belfast Project. I live in the shadow of the shipyard and along with everyone else are very proud of what is going on. The Titanic Belfast Project is already sold out to after October 2012 and we will have a tourist attraction the envy of the whole world. To stand on the very spot where she was born is something only Belfast can offer.
I also read with dismay another post from someone who visited on a cruise ship who said that they got a taxi ride to the “dock” and the Yard was deserted. I have to say to that person, that was the Thompson Dry Dock where the Titanic and quite a few more of the ships where fitted out and that to this day Harland & Wolff is still a working shipyard working mostly nowadays on the renewable energy sector and ship repair and under Goliath and Samson, lies one of the world’s biggest dry docks and only recently been knocked of the perch as the biggest.
So for anyone coming to Belfast to see Titanic’s birthplace, Visit Titanic Belfast and be amazed
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