Unseen Titanic photos go on display in Belfast

Unseen Titanic photos go on display in Belfast

The tragic story of the passenger ship has led to countless TV shows, films and debates – but now, we will be able to see a bit more on what the Titanic looked like during its launch.

Previously unpublished photographs of the Titanic are now on display at at the TITANICa exhibition at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum near Belfast.

Unseen Titanic photos go on display in Belfast

The photo album, which is made up of 116 prints, includes images of the liner going down the slipway in the Belfast shipyard where it was built, with excited spectators chasing behind.

The collection belonged to John W Kempster, who was a director and master of ceremonies at Harland and Wolff in east Belfast during that period.

Unseen Titanic photos go on display in Belfast

The Titanic was launched in May 1911, setting out from Belfast for Southampton a year later. In April 1912, the ship hit an iceberg on its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York and more than 1,500 passengers and crew drowned.

Unseen Titanic photos go on display in Belfast

The current owner of the album Steve Raffield, bought it at auction two years ago and has decided to put it on public display.

Unseen Titanic photos go on display in Belfast

William Blair, a human history expert, said: “The ship seems to be a perfect mirror reflection of society, you learn the class distinctions, the social codes of that era. It is almost Downton Abbey at sea.”


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