Titanic photographs

Titanic photographs

The photographs shown here reveal a remarkably detailed picture of Titanic and her sister ships, Olympic and Britannic.  They vividly portray Edwardian Belfast, capturing the industrial might of the city in which they were built, and the optimism of the pre-First World War era.

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Titanic photographs

During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Belfast was one of the most important industrial centres in the world. Its shipbuilding, engineering, linen and ropemaking industries supplied many countries throughout the world. These photographs not only give us a unique view of Titanic, but they allow us to step back in time to the glimpse the economic, social and political elements that made up that ere.

Belfast City Centre

These images, taken by the photographer William A. Green between 1910 and 1925, vividly capture the bustle of street scenes in and around Belfast City Centre.

Belfast Public Buildings

These photographs, featuring some of Belfast’s most prominent public buildings, were taken by William A. Green during the years 1910 to 1925.

Photographs of Britannic

These images show Titanic’s sister ship, Britannic. Launched in 1914, just as the First World War broke out, she was used as a hospital ship, but was sunk by a mine in 1916 and never entered commercial service.

Britannic being fitted out

These images show Britannic being fitted out at the Harland & Wolff shipyard. They capture the huge scale of the three Olympic-class liners, Olympic, Titanic and Britannic.


Olympic (1911) was the first of an intended trio of superlative liners for the White Star Line’s North Atlantic service. This collection contains a rare aerial shot of the ship at sea.

Accommodation on board Olympic

These images capture the refined elegance of First Class accommodation on board Olympic.

Olympic under construction

These stunning images show the huge Arrol Gantry at Queen’s Island in the Harland & Wolff shipyard. It was inside this steel web that Olympic, Titanic and Britannic were built. The gantry remained in use until the 1960s.

Olympic being fitted out

The process of fitting out Olympic involved not just the installation of engines, boilers and electrical hardware, but also all the services and furnishings necessary to provide for the comfort and needs of passengers.

Olympic’s machinery

It took enormously large and powerful engines and machinery to power a ship weighing over 45,000 tons, as these photographs reveal.

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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.