In 1955, Bert Hardy recorded life in Belfast, Northern Ireland, a city famous throughout the world for shipbuilding for Picture Post. The port city at the mouth of the River Lagan was home to Harland & Wolff. Established by Edward Harland, who bought the city’s Queen’s Island shipyard in 1858, and Gustav Wolff, the company constructed White Star Line’s entire fleet of ocean liners, including the ill-fated Titanic launched in April 1912. The First and Second World Wars brought huge demand for ships and at its height Harland and Wolff employed 30,000 people – now the figure is around 700.
Would you like to support Flashbak?
Please consider making a donation to our site. We don't want to rely on ads to bring you the best of visual culture. You can also support us by signing up to our Mailing List. And you can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. For great art and culture delivered to your door, visit our shop.