30/03/2005

Rare 'Titanic gem' found in Belfast

A rare piece of Titanic history has been uncovered during Belfast City Council's ‘Titanic - Made in Belfast’ event this week.

The technical plans of the 100-tonne crane specifically built to construct the Titanic and her sister ships have caused great excitement among Titanic enthusiasts since they came to light for the first time in almost 90 years at the beginning of the week.

The item is so rare a find that evaluators, Henry Aldridge and Son, of Devizes, Wiltshire, expect it achieve a four figure sum when it goes to auction, possibly as early as next month.

“The plans were brought to us on Monday at our evaluation stand at the City Hall,” explained the company’s Alan Aldridge, who is holding a series of evaluations at the City Hall this week.

"On presentation by the owner we know this was authentic and of the Titanic period given its look and feel - it even has a reference to the Lusitania, the biggest ship at that time on the plans. For us this is an absolutely fantastic find and we would like to think they there are many more hidden gems waiting to be discovered in the city of Belfast."

Aldridge's, the world’s leading auctioneers of Titanic and White Star Line memorabilia, will back be at the ‘Titanic - Made in Belfast’ event on Friday and Saturday (April 1 and 2), with twice daily evaluation sessions in the City Hall.

‘Titanic - Made in Belfast’ continues until Saturday (April 2).

(MB/SP)

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