As the world commemorates the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic April 15, a city in Ireland is striving to curb the taboo associated with the doomed ship
Belfast in Northern Ireland, where the Titanic was built, has faced the ire of industrial failure since the ship shank on her maiden voyage a hundred years ago.
The Titanic was built at the former Harland and Wolff Shipyard in Belfast, and launched May 31, 1911.
According to Reuters, for much of the century since the Titanic sank, the story of the doomed liner has been a taboo subject in Belfast, an unwelcome reminder of industrial failure and bitter sectarian division in the city that built her.
Now Northern Ireland's power-sharing government, buoyed by 14 years of peace, aims to salvage the liner as a symbol of one-time industrial might, hoping the Hollywood glamour around its story can create an icon for a new, united city, Reuters reported.
A six-floor Titanic Belfast building was opened in Belfast to portray the story of the Titanic from the ship's construction in Belfast to her sinking in the Atlantic.
Have a look at the sites in Belfast that reminds of the Titanic and its sinking April 15, 1912.
The original dry dock in which the Titanic liner once stood at Queen's Island, Belfast, Northern Ireland, is seen in this April 24, 2008 file photograph. This now vacant lot at the former Harland and Wolff Shipyard in Belfast is the site where Titanic was built, and then launched on May 31, 1911. David Alberg/NOAA
The Titanic centre in Belfast is illuminated by digital projections as part of the city's festival of events to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Titanic's fateful maiden voyage, April 7, 2012. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton
A general view of the dock in East Belfast where the Titanic was built. January 17, 2012. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton
The original dry dock in which the Titanic liner once stood at Queen's Island, Belfast, Northern Ireland, is seen in this April 24, 2008 file photograph . REUTERS