MemberFebruary 18, 2013 at 11:48 am
Believed to be the largest sign ever made in Northern Ireland, the lazer-cut sign is made from eight, 30mm thick, solid steel plates and is 4.5m tall and 15m long – the same length as the private promenades available on the Titanic’s most expensive accommodation, the First Class Parlour Suites. The Parlous Suite on the port side, consisting on rooms B52, B54 and B56, was occupied by Bruce Ismay, Chairman of the White Star Line, which owned Titanic. The sign is also the same weight as the ship’s main anchor.
Made by BSK Engineering, based near Cookstown, the sign made a 50 mile, four-county journey to Belfast along the M1. Several roads had to be closed in Dungannon to accommodate the over-sized structure, which was transported as a complete piece. Titanic Belfast’s CEO, Tim Husbands, said: “In less than eight weeks Titanic Belfast will open its doors to the world. The effect which has gone into making Titanic Belfast not only an impressive physical spectacle, but also an amazing experience inside, has been simply immense.
“Everything about this project, from the Titanic sign to the 3,000 shards which make up the building’s exterior, to its use of breath-taking technology to bring Titanic’s story alive, has been designed to give Northern Ireland an attention grabbing, international attraction. Even the plaza on which the sign sits includes one of the world’s largest outdoor maps of the northern hemisphere tracing Titanic’s route across the Atlantic,” he said. The interest in the project has been phenomenal, with pre-booked ticket sales currently standing at over 50,000, including 1,000 group tours. Spaces are rapidly running out for the open day and other key dates during the upcoming Titanic 100 Festival in April.
Barry Kerr, BSK Director, oversaw the construction of the sign. He said: “BSK Engineering has supplied several items of steel work to Titanic Belfast ranging from railings to pavillions. Given the unique nature of the building and its contents, there’s been nothing run-of-the-mill about any of the jobs we’ve completed – not least the sign.”
“It’s taken a team of up to six workers the best part of two weeks to put the sign together, but the result has been worth it – a Titanic sign for a Titanic project. Everyone at the firm has been proud to be involved with such a prestigious project. We’re looking forward to joining the tourists to get our pictures taken outside Titanic Belfast beside our handiwork!”
During its trip to Belfast, the Titanic sign made a scheduled stop at Sacred Heart Primary School, near BSK’s premises. Principal Eunan McGinn said: “The school has strong community relations and we are always eager to enhance the curriculum and incorporate learning outside the classroom, so when we heard that our neighbours at BSK were working on the Titanic sign we asked them to stop by.”
“Titanic is currently a thematic unit taught to enhance pupils’ understanding of the world around us. The children were amazed at the sheer scale of the sign – they’re definitely enthused about all things Titanic now.”
MemberFebruary 18, 2013 at 12:18 pm
I don’t want to seem negative but the kenning could be better…
MemberFebruary 18, 2013 at 12:25 pmquote Liam Bryant:
….and the steering 😀
MemberFebruary 18, 2013 at 12:27 pmquote Liam Bryant:
I have to agree 😮 What’s a T1T ANIC
I’d send that back to be made again
MemberFebruary 18, 2013 at 3:24 pm
Somebody posted this on another site…doesn’t look as bad in the ground but still not right.
MemberFebruary 18, 2013 at 3:36 pm
But still a T1T ANIC to me 🙁
MemberFebruary 18, 2013 at 6:46 pm
If the V was turned the right way up the kerning would be about right, bet they have just typed it out then inverted the V.
MemberFebruary 18, 2013 at 10:07 pm
Sorry but that’s bad!
Surely someone should have seen that before it was to late.
Bit like the Iceburg you might say!!!!!
MemberFebruary 18, 2013 at 11:01 pm
Such pride in a the world’s most famous disaster.
"You know WE built the TITANIC"…
You don’t hear the builders of many other doomed-by-design structures with a high death toll remark that with such fervour!
MemberFebruary 18, 2013 at 11:46 pmquote DavidRogers:
You Mean T1T ANIC
MemberFebruary 19, 2013 at 12:12 amquote DavidRogers:
It where the iceberg wot done it! 😀
MemberFebruary 19, 2013 at 8:15 am
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MemberFebruary 19, 2013 at 10:49 am
Its already rusting.
Don’t you Poms prime anything 😛
MemberFebruary 19, 2013 at 1:28 pm
MemberFebruary 20, 2013 at 1:30 pm
that looks a lot better martin. good job.
MemberFebruary 20, 2013 at 2:00 pm
I’ll say. Martin fixed the T!T ANIC!
Too bad you weren’t around 100 years ago.
MemberFebruary 20, 2013 at 2:13 pm
😀 😀 Stealing that Martin!
MemberFebruary 20, 2013 at 2:19 pm
lol.it wasn’t easy, 1 cup of coffee and 2 digestives and all was sorted.
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