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|If you like bustling cities, Belfast which houses almost
a third of Northern Ireland's population has a modern
shopping centre, pedestrianised areas, historic
buildings, museums and galleries, cafes and bars. The port is dominated
by the cranes of the Harland & Woolf shipyard which once
built many of the world's greatest liners. It is a pity
that the one everyone remembers, Titanic, came to such a tragic end almost a
century ago. Her sister ship, Britannic, was launched in 1914 but, because
of the First World War, was used as a hospital ship. She was sunk by a mine
in 1916 and so never entered service as a liner.
The Museums Service of Northern Ireland has created a new exhibition, "Titanica", to commemorate the centenary of the Titanic's launch.
The gantry cranes 'Samson' and 'Goliath' towering above the Building Dock in Belfast. Photo: Ross