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Being bombarded with Titanic documentaries over the last few weeks, and having an interest in the subject, I decided on the launch of the ship, 12:15pm 31st May 1911.

This article from the Irish Times describes some of the key elements:Thunderous cheers from the large crowd ( of ‘thousands’), sounds of rockets, and ‘Every ship in the Lough sounded its siren’.

A huge wave as the ship hit the water, ‘the scene presented would be so inspiring and impressive’.

This must have been a big day for the whole of Belfast, “I felt a great lump in my throat, and an enormous pride in being an Ulsterman.”

Viewers who came to the meeting described a machine, the crowds, and a sense of celebration, (‘fun fair’), and a sense of impending doom (darkness, being trapped).