The History of the Dock

Explore the history of Titanic’s Dock & Pump-House

Today, the world’s most famous liner lies at the bottom of the Atlantic, inaccessible to all but the most intrepid of deep sea explorers. Here in Belfast, however, you will find the closest link to the great ship. In the shipyard where the dreams of Bruce Ismay, William Pirrie and Thomas Andrews were brought to life by thousands of Belfast builders, you can still see the places where she stood, towering against the skyline – the largest moving object ever constructed by the hand of man.

At the dry dock where she was finished, Titanic spent her final days in Belfast. Here, at this very place, workers put the final touches on the most luxurious liner ever built. And it was here that engineering brilliance reached new heights as great minds applied themselves to the gargantuan task of building such a grand vessel.

Titanic’s dry dock was the largest dry dock ever constructed, and it represented the pinnacle of Edwardian engineering. Because it is still in near-perfect original condition, you have a unique opportunity to see Titanic’s birthplace just as it was when she was here, to see just what her builders would have seen as they stood here.

From Titanic’s physical footprint in history, the huge Thompson Dry Dock to the stunning Pump-house with the original engineering works that operated the dock, everything here is almost exactly as it was when Titanic glided in to the dock almost a century ago.

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Titanic Quarter - Slip Ways
Titanic Quarter - Titanic's Dock
Titanic Quarter - Drawing offices