Belfast 1955: Gorgeous Photographs Of The City Of Ships

 Belfast Northern Ireland 1955

 

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.

 

Belfast 1955 Northern Ireland

Foylebank ship under construction at the Harland & Wolff shipyard.

Belfast Northern Ireland 1955

Belfast Northern Ireland 1955

Harland & Wolff shipyard

Belfast Northern Ireland 1955

Little Ship Street.

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Belfast 1955 Northern Ireland

The cargo ship Port Melbourne (right) under construction at the Harland & Wolff shipyard. The ship was later renamed Princess Danae.

Belfast Northern Ireland 1955

The Royal Hippodrome cinema on Victoria Street

Belfast Northern Ireland 1955

Belfast Northern Ireland 1955

Workmen by the Titanic Memorial outside Belfast City Hall.

Belfast Northern Ireland 1955

Harland & Wolff shipyard

Belfast Northern Ireland 1955

Alhambra Theatre on Lower North Street.

Belfast Northern Ireland 1955

Harland & Wolff shipyard

Belfast Northern Ireland 1955

The cargo ship Port Melbourne under construction at the Harland & Wolff shipyard.

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