Discovering Some of the Wonders of Ireland with a Day Tour of Belfast
Belfast is the second largest city in Ireland and offers a remarkable array of things to see and do. Visitors can join the Titanic Experience to learn more about the birthplace of the RMS Titanic, which was classified as the largest ship afloat when it entered service in 1911. The Titanic was launched from the slipways of the River Lagan in Belfast and boasted a capacity to carry an impressive 2,224 passengers and crew.
After the design of the Titanic was completed, it finally departed on its ill-fated maiden voyage on April 10, 1912 but sadly, the ship collided with an iceberg only 4 days later. The collision caused untoward damage to Titanic’s starboard side and gradually started filling with water. While the call went out to passengers and crew to evacuate, many of the lifeboats were only partially loaded when they were launched. Sadly, due to outdated maritime safety guidelines, there were not enough lifeboats on board to accommodate all of the 2,224 passengers and crew and Titanic was only required to carry enough lifeboats for 1.178 people. It is believed that 1,517 Titanic passengers were lost when the Titanic later sank deeply beneath the North Atlantic Ocean.
From the White Star’s intense competition for steam line supremacy, discussions between White Star and Belfast-based shipbuilding company, Harland and Wolff, took place and agreements were made to design a new “Olympic” class of liner. Measuring 882 feet in length and 92.5 feet at its broadest point, work began on the HMS Titanic in April, 1909 and continued until spring of 1911. When the Titanic finally departed from Southampton,England on April 10, 2012, it was proudly hailed as the largest steamship ever built.
Titanic was built by Irishman, William Pirrie and was thought to be the world’s fastest ship. The Titanic hull was divided into 16 compartments, assumed to be watertight, as four of the compartments could be flooded without causing a critical loss of buoyance, the Titanic was mistakenly considered to be unsinkable.
Incredibly, it took less than 3 hours from the first impact of the iceberg to the Titanic to the eventual sinking of the ship to the Atlantic Ocean floor. Titanic’s final resting place can be found in Newfoundland, Canada and has since become eligible for protection as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
More than 1,500 people went down in the sinking ship or froze to death in the icy waters of the North Atlantic Ocean.
Located in Belfast’s Docklands area, The Titanic Experience is the world’s largest Titanic Visitor Experience and features an interactive visual experience which is beautifully enhanced by reflective pools of water surrounding its base. The Titanic Experience boasts no less than nine state of the art galleries, each of which deals with different aspects of the Titanic saga.
Each of the Titanic Experience galleries features many different aspects of the Titanic story and gives visitors an invaluable insight into the different stages of its ill-fated journey from ship creation to the aftermath of the sinking ship which resulted in so many lost lives.
Why not explore the magic of Northern Ireland along with the Titanic Experience with Wild Rover’s award winning one day tour? Highlights include the Giants Causeway, Carrick A Réde Rope Bridge, The Belfast Titanic Quarter/Black Taxi Tour option and the world famous Giants Causeway?