Titanic launch sequence 1

Launch of Titanic, 31 May 1911.

The list of dignitaries at the launch included Lord and Lady Pirrie; J. Pierpoint Morgan, owner of the White Star Line and Bruce Ismay, Chairman of the White Star Line, with members of his family. 

There was no ceremonial breaking of a bottle on Titanic's bows to start the launch, but rather a signal was given by Lord Pirrie for the firing of rockets.  It took 62 seconds for Titanic’s hull – over 882 feet long and weighing 24,360 tons – to slide from her building berth into the waters of Belfast harbour.

Over 100,000 spectators turned out on launch day to witness this spectacle. Tickets were sold for a reserved enclosure at the Albert Quay, the proceeds going to local hospitals. 



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Visiting Information

TITANICa The Exhibition is on display the the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, Cultra. Click here for opening times, how to get here and admission prices.


Titanic Exhibition

The Titanic exhibition is housed in the Transport galleries at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, Cultra. You can also experience "TITANICa The People's Story in the Outdoor Folk Museum.

Click here for more information on the 500 artefacts on display and also the Ultimate Living History experience.