FIRST Minister Peter Robinson has unveiled a plaque commemorating the eight men who lost their lives during the building over a century ago of the mighty passenger liner Titanic – but it was only five-eighths of the story.
For three of the victims are ‘unknown’ on the plaque at the Harland and Wolff Welders Club in Dee Street, east Belfast, as their identity has been lost in the mists of time, overshadowed by the terrible loss of 1,517 souls when the ship stuck an iceberg in the North Atlantic on April 15, 1912.
Mr Robinson told the News Letter: “In an era when the phrase ‘health and safety’ did not exist, it was sadly inevitable that lives would be lost during any major construction or engineering project. The eight men who perished during the construction of Titanic are an integral part of the story of the ship, and it is right that they are commemorated within the heart of east Belfast where the vast majority of shipyard workers came from.”
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