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Historical Inspiration

Harland & Wolff played an important part in the design of many of the world’s most famous ocean liners, the creation of the ‘floating hotel’ which influenced the design of many of today’s cruise ships.

For over 150 years the company specialised in the design and construction of large passenger vessels. The company had facilities on the Rivers Clyde, Mersey and Thames, but its shipyards at Belfast were amongst the largest in the British Isles and for many years turned out world record amounts of tonnage.

The list of liners and warships constructed at Belfast reads like a veritable who’s who of the largest and the finest - White Star’s Titanic and Olympic, Oceanic, Majestic, Teutonic; the heavy cruiser HMS Belfast; Pacific Steam Navigation’s Reine del Pacifico; Royal Mail Lines Andes; the Union-Castle motorships Capetown Castle and Durban Castle; and the turbo-electric P&O-Orient liner Canberra.