POTD – Reflected

One of the best “to do’s” in Belfast is the Titanic tour around the docks.

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  • Nunoftheabove

    Yeah, looks….inspiring.

  • Nunoftheabove,

    I’ve been there. Just to look into the dry dock is quite amazing.

  • lamhdearg

    Am i the only one that see’s the titanic reflected in the water, this is your best picture (i have seen ) yet.

  • Nunoftheabove

    JoCanuck

    I have’t been to that exact spot (I think) but have been there and ‘done’ the whole Titanic thing. I have to be honest, I simply don’t get it.

  • Drumlins Rock

    Lamh, Mooch is a very fine photographer, seems to see things most of us miss, (espically his portraits which almost spook me), that is one of the reasons the grafitti pics bug me more.

    Back to Titanic, missed it at first, but spookily its there… Joe you should nip over to Halifax NS to see the graves, very moving.

  • I’ve done that, DR. And yes, it was very moving.

  • Drumlins Rock

    I also found this grave in Halifax very interesting!

    http://www.myedgemere.com/ross_tomb.htm

  • Yes, DR. We spent a few hours there; a fascinating graveyard.
    Not really connected, but I read recently that British soldiers in Halifax, and presumably elsewhere, in the early 1800’s, were given a daily ration of one gallon of beer. Amazing how they could stand up so well, let alone create an empire through force of arms.

  • lamhdearg

    Was that a yankee gallon.or a british one. either way at max 8 pints, i could drink that a day and still fight, in fact i seem only to fight with at least 10 pints down. Do you see the titanic in the pic joe.

  • SethS

    Like Nunoftheabove’s a am bemused by the whole Titanic obsession. Can anyone explain it?

    Seems to me it skews the history of the shipyards – you’d think that no other ships were built there from the way people go on.

  • SethS

    @joecanuck. I suspect beer was a lot weaker in those days. Presumeably better to be a bit drunk than down with dysentry etc from drinking the water.

  • Neil

    Like Nunoftheabove’s a am bemused by the whole Titanic obsession. Can anyone explain it?

    Think it all stems from that dreadful, long movie about two people who weren’t actually on the boat.

    I agree completely though. I don’t see the attraction and reckon it’ll turn out to be a massive waste of money, it’s only saving grace being that there’s very little else to do in Belfast for any tourists that pass through. Damned with faint praise.

  • SethS

    @Neil,

    Possibly, though I think the obsession in Belfast existing before that, the film just made it worse.

    On the other hand have heard from a few visitors who said whey would have gone down there, had there been a visitor centre.

  • Nunoftheabove

    I think the fact is that outside of murals and what not there’s actually not that much memorable for the casual tourist in Belfast to go see and do and take pictures of (OK, I’ll give you Stormont and Queens, architecturally).

    Whilst I kinda understand the Titanic appeal in the (former) shipbuilding hinterland of east Belfast (diminishing returns though surely ?) I suspect the truth is that theTitanic schtick is just that – it’s marketing-driven; it’s a gimmick. I fairly recently spent four to five hours on tourist buses across Belfast just to sense-check the visitor’s view of it and was under-whelmed by what was being shown off and spoken about . If you strip Titanic and the murals out of it…..thin stuff.