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Titanic's birthplace

Titanic's birthplace

Titanic was constructed on slip 3 of Harland and Wolff's North Yard (later the Queen's Yard); Olympic on slip 2, and the Nomadic on slip 1 (which has a pile of bricks on it).
The head of slip 3 is not very clear in this shot, but was roughly in the area of the concrete ramp (directly beneath the of 'a' and 'L' of Stena Line on the Stena Caledonia).
The ramp of slip 2 is partly obscured by H&W's old Main Office. I think these ramps (slips 1 and 2) were constructed long after the Olympic trio were built. Check out the Belfast Titanic Society's site (or a link from) for an article on these ramps by Eddie Gregory.
Photo taken from Goliath 20-08-2002.

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Thanks Alan, for this soon to be historic photo... how this part of the yard looked in the years between being a shipyard and a tourist attraction etc. Not to mention the silos etc in the background, now gone and the Stena treminal & berth soon to be shifted.
Is it true that the area around the light blue shed (now also demolished) in the centre right of the picture, used to be the site of the Workman Clarke yard? I know H&W used it more recently and perhaps Gallaghers too.
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Alan
I studied this photo a little while ago and now I am back to it again,how the whole area has changed. Alan it is truly a magnificent picture.
Thanks for posting you put up some great shots.
Fred
 

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Yes, this was the original site of Workman, Clark's yard (later named their North Yard). Whilst H&W's yards were referred to as Queen's Island in press reports, Workman, Clark were referred to as the Belfast Shipyard. The slips were used by the Lagan Construction Company during WWII for the construction of landing craft and as you mentioned by H&W in the 1950s for the construction of the 'Ton' class minesweepers. (I think the shed was also constructed by H&W.) In the 60s I remember it being used as a warehouse for the storage of tobacco by Gallahers. I think it was next employed as an animal feed store before being demolished. Of late this area has been used to store steel, like many sites in the harbour.
This photo was the purpose of my visit to the yard, but fortunately I also obtained shots of the Anvil Point under construction in the Building Dock.
One day I'll get Snappy Snaps to scan some black and white 120 film I took on the same day. They should provide much better detail than the above.
Best wishes, Alan.
 

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Thanks Fred - look closely at the area immediately above the after deck of the Stena boat. Its either the Antrim Runner or Down Runner which were supposed to operate a service between Belfast, Carrickfergus and Bangor. Nothing came of the plans and they ended up in West Africa. I think they were eventually employed on the Thames.
Best wishes, Alan
 

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Yes Alan
From memory was Robert in Coleraine something to do with these,
Fred
 

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Brings back memeories of Belfast - paying my last visit to the former St Columba in UK waters, sailing on the Saint Colum 1's last crossing with Capt Jimmy Fullerton, and how could I ever forget Muldoon's Bar!
 

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Hi Alan,
Love your work and the info that comes with it, please keep it coming.
I have pondered for many years where the Workman Clark Yard had been and eventually would have asked on site, don't understand why I didn't.
Would Otranto and Orvieto for Orient Line both in 1909 have been their best and biggest builds ?
Cheers
Ted
 

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Ted, Otranto and Orvieto (12,124gt) were at the time of their completion in 1909 the largest ships built by Workman, Clark - until the advent of the Nestor and Ulysses (14,500gt) in 1912/1913. The 1927-built Bermuda (20,000gt) was the largest vessel ever built by the Belfast yard.
I have taken these figures from 'Forgotten Shipbuilders of Belfast - Workman, Clark, 1880-1935.' This book is a reprint of two company histories - 1903 and 1933. It contains a list of ships built, excluding barges and some small craft.
Best wishes, Alan.
 

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