The Maritime Trail and Titanic Museum in Belfast, Ireland

The Maritime Trail—Boatbuilding history galore—The Titanic Museum

September 19, morning.

Walking along the Maritime Trail is one of the best ways to see the history of Belfast’s working harbour.

Red boats in the Belfast harbour, IrelandIt runs along the river Lagan and contains views of life along the water.
A reflection in the water on our walk along Belfast's Marine Trail Seagulls pose on our walk along Belfast's Marine Trail A plan of the Titanic Quarter of Belfast’s Maritime Trail.At Queen's Quay we saw a plan of the Titanic Quarter of Belfast's Marine Trail A Maritime Trail sign explaining the influence of Harland and Wolf’s (H & W) shipyard on Belfast’s shipbuilding industry.
A Marine Trail sign showing the influence of H & W on Belfast's ship building industry The ‘Caisson’, a type of lock used to open and close the area where the larger ships were built.
The 'Caisson', a type of lock used to open and close the area where the larger ships were built, along Belfast's Maritime Trail Notes about how the ‘Caisson’ worked. 
Notes about how the 'Caisson' worked. It was a type of lock used to open and close the area where the larger ships were built, along Belfast's Maritime TrailThe Maritime Trail culminates at the Titanic Museum.
The statue in front of the Titanic Museum in Belfast, IrelandThe entire walk was full of marine history and by the time we reached the Titanic museum we were on information overload.
The Titanic sign in Belfast, IrelandWe wandered inside and looked around the gift shop but the high admission (£17 pp) put us off.
A reflection of the Titanic Museum in Belfast, Ireland Besides, a friend of ours, a self-admitted Titanic ‘groupie’, told us he had been disappointed in the museum as it was more about the famine than the Titanic.
A reflection of the Titanic Museum in Belfast, Ireland Behind the museum the trail carried on a short way. Here is Al standing at the prow of the Titanic ‘floor plan’.
Al at the prow of the Titanic 'floor plan', just behind the Titanic Museum on Belfast's Maritime TrailFrom this point we could see several of the iconic yellow H & W cranes.
The iconic yellow H & W crane on Belfast's Marine Trail A poster on a Belfast wall showing featuring a H & W crane, saying “seeds grow in the cupped hands of patient children and shoot from inside pockets out of sleeves and collars”.
A poster on a Belfast wall showing the iconic yellow H & W crane

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