Our first trip around Belfast was to the Titanic Museum this morning! I’ve been trying to compare Belfast to a U.S. city, but I’m having a hard time coming up with one because it’s very unique. It’s been a crazy and exhausting past few days here, but I woke up really excited to start our adventures! The walk over was about one mile (I’m so glad Google Maps didn’t switch everything to kilometers) and it was a great way to wake up without any coffee.
The museum wasn’t necessarily what I expected, but it had a small ride inside and they used a lot of different media to show the construction of the Titanic and it’s journey from London. One of the most interesting things I learned was about the White Star Line and how the company initially told all of the press and newspapers that everyone survived the sinking ship. Because of the delay in communication, friends and relatives waited in New York for the survivors to arrive, only to then discover that very few had actually survived.
A tour guide showed us the spot where the Titanic was built, and behind it were patches of grass that represented a memorial for each of the victims separated by first, second, and third class. Surprisingly, the movie Titanic seemed very accurate to us. We read about a survivor (Molly Brown) that saved many women and children along the way, that we assumed was portrayed by Kathy Bates in the movie. “The Unsinkable” Molly Brown was an incredible woman, and who doesn’t love Kathy Bates? Unfortunately, Jack and Rose were absent from the museum. I was disappointed not to see a wardrobe so we could finally settle the question of whether or not Jack could have fit and survived.
This is the SS Nomadic which is the last remaining ship in the White Star Line. It was interesting that this was a first and second class boat only, because it’s hard to believe that a large amount of people could fit on that ship for long periods of time. Further research showed that Marie Curie, Charlie Chaplin, and Elizabeth Taylor were passengers on this ship at some point. Based on my current financial situation and our love of The Dirty Onion on Day 3 of this trip, I think I would be on the SS Traffic, carrying the lower class Irishmen and women.