A new collection of luxury table linen commemorating the RMS Titanic has been named after the local company that made linen for the White Star Line.
Blackburn-based textiles giant, Vision Support Services, recently unveiled its ‘Liddell’ product range - a table linen collection commemorating the Belfast-built liner, which sank in the Atlantic Ocean on April 15 1912.Liddell was founded on the banks of the River Lagan in Donaghcloney in 1866.
Set up by William Liddell, and then known as William Liddell & Co, the factory became the largest Irish linen jacquard weaving company in the country whilst a rival company, William Ewart & Son Ltd, founded in 1883, quickly became one of the leading dynasties in the Ulster linen industry.
During the early 20th century, William Ewart & Sons (later merging to become Ewart Liddell & Co) was the preferred linen supplier of bed, bath and table linen to the Oceanic Steam Navigation Company - owners of the White Star Line. Supplying the entire fleet of vessels, including the RMS Titanic, the company produced the linen for the first class cabins emblazoned with the OSNC logo, in a contract that today would have been worth around £250,000. In order to celebrate the brand’s 150th anniversary last year, Vision set about on a research project which took them to Northern Ireland to discover more about the history of the factory, the workers and William Liddell himself.
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