For a time Belfast was one of the most important centres of shipbuilding in the world. Shipbuilding reached its height in Belfast prior to the First World War, with 25,000 people employed in shipbuilding across Belfast producing 8% of world shipping output. Harland & Wolff, Belfast's biggest shipyard, employed 15,000 people at the time, with workers drawn from the local population to build the leviathans taking shape at the yard.
In 1847 the shipbuilders Robert Hickson & Company were established on Queens Island. Hickson retired in 1859, whereupon the yard was purchased by Managing Director Edward James Harland and his business partner Gustav Schwabe. Harland and Schwabe were joined by Gustav Wolff in January 1862, with the yard taking the name Harland & Wolff.
In total, the yard had produced some 1,750 vessels during a century of continuous shipbuilding. The company continued building bulk carriers and tankers, but with declining fortunes in shipbuilding the yard produced its final ship MV Anvil Point in 2003.
Today, the six counties that make up the province of Northern Ireland were part of a united Ireland. Paritioned in 1921, Northern Ireland has has a turbulent history with nationalists and unionists involved in nearly three decades of violence that cost over twice the number of lives lost in the Titanic disaster, with tens of thousands more injured.
The 1998 Good Friday Agreement has brought peace and stability to Northern Ireland. This confidence has allowed tourism to become increasingly important to the economy of Northern Ireland as its traditional industries of shipbuilding and textiles have declined. Today Northern Ireland is proud of its Titanic connections as birthplace of the Titanic and her sister ships Olympic and Britannic.
At the heart of Northern Ireland's Titanic heritage are the Titanic Signature Project, Titanic Belfast which opened in 2012, the former Harland & Wolff offices and associated landmarks, the unique collections of the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum and many other memorials that celebrate and commemorate the Titanic, those that built her and sailed aboard her, and the shipyard of Harland & Wolff.
Use the map controls to locate and view all the memorials listed in Northern Ireland.
Pan the map left, right, up and down using your mouse cursor or touch device; click or touch the zoom controls to narrow and widen your search area. Click or touch to select any of the markers to learn more about each Titanic memorial. Sites close to each other may have their markers overlapped, so increase the zoom to see each individual map marker.