Shipyard worker trapped in hull

One of the many myths surrounding Titanic is that a shipyard worker was accidentally trapped in the hull of the ship during construction. 

The story is false, but may have originated in the routine tapping of rivets at the end of each day to check that they were correctly fitted. 

The sound of this tapping may have encouraged older shipyard workers to tease the younger employees with stories of trapped workers tapping in hope of rescue.




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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.