11/04/2013

Belfast To Mark Titanic 101 Anniversary

Belfast will formally mark the 101st anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic on April 15.

Beginning at midday, the ceremony will remember the people – 28 of whom were from Belfast – who died in 1912 when the famous ship sank after striking an iceberg.

The Lord Mayor of Belfast, Alderman Gavin Robinson, will join John Andrews, President of the Belfast Titanic Society, to lay wreaths at the Titanic Memorial in the City Hall grounds.

A minute silence will then be observed and prayers will be said.

On board the Titanic were nine men from the Harland and Wolff Guarantee Group, led by the ship`s designer, Thomas Andrews. They were travelling to address any problems which may have arisen on the ship`s maiden voyage to New York.

All nine men, along with 1,500 others, lost their lives on the night of 15 April 1912.

The service also will remember six other men – J Blaney, John Harper, James Heslim, Thomas Morrow, James McGrady and W Swann – whose names were not known when the memorial was commissioned and so are missing from it.

The memorial, which depicts the female figure of 'Thane' looking down on two sea-nymphs rising from the waves with the body a drowned seaman in their arms, was first unveiled in June 1920, having been paid for by public subscription.

It was originally situated in Donegall Square North, but was moved to its present location on the eastern side of the City Hall grounds in March 1960.

A new Titanic Memorial Garden was opened last year to mark the centenary of the disaster.

(IT/CD)

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