RMS Titanic = Then and Now
Posted on April 14th 2019
It is strange to think that over one hundred years ago this month, the great ship was only moments away from disaster. By the end of March 1912 the ship would have probably completed trials and passed the Board of Trade inspection. I can only imagine the excitement that bubbled around the Belfast shipyards as the ship left for her maiden voyage. My grandfather,James Alexander Arlow, helped to build this amazing vessel. He was a furnace-man, and heated the rivets that went into the hull plates. The same rivets that we now suspect were the wrong grade of iron and ultimately failed when the ship struck the berg. It is amazing the Titanic still commands such great interest. At least four movies have been produced over the years, and several books published. Museums display artifacts and replicas of the ship. In 2012 a local PEI a restaurant featured a Titanic night, serving the same meal as was served on that last fateful night . The staff and waiters dressed in traditional shipboard clothing. In the City of Belfast a huge complex known as the Titanic Quarter was nearing completion. It is building on the actual site where Titanic was originally built.
A sad yet fond and special memory from the grand old City of Belfast, and the ill fated ship built in her shipyards
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