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The Province of Ulster flag

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Also called Ulster Flag (Nine Counties).

Not to be confused with the Ulster Flag (Six Counties).

Why two Ulster Flags? Well, it is simple.

Ulster traditionally was made up of nine counties. Six of these counties make up Northern Ireland while the other three are part of the Irish Republic.

The Ulster Flag (Nine Counties) is therefore the flag of the province of Ulster as it was in ages past while the Ulster Flag (Six Counties) is the flag of the six counties that make up Northern Ireland.

It is a composite flag made up of the cross of the De Burgh family and the Red Hand of Ulster, often associated with the O’Neill family, two of the most prominent families of Ulster.

Now that you know all about this flag, why don’t you read about the other unofficial flags of Northern Ireland?

Unofficial Flags flown in Northern Ireland:

Saint Patrick’s Saltire

Flag of Ireland

Independent Ulster Flag

Saint Andrew’s Cross

Four Provinces Flag

Orange Order Flags

Are you sure you know which is the Official flag of Northern Ireland?

Read about:

The Union Jack Flag

The Royal Standard Flag

The Ulster Flag (or Ulster 6 Counties flag or Red Hand Ulster Flag)

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True Titanic Facts – priceless information about one of the most famous ships

Why does a webpage about famous Irish shipwrecks include true Titanic facts? Didn’t the Titanic sink south of Newfoundland more than two thirds on its way to New York, and far far away from Ireland? Yes, this is true. But nonetheless, there is a strong Northern Ireland connection. In this and subsequent pages you will discover some amazing facts about the world’s most famous maritime disaster and the Irish connection.

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The Titanic before embarking on its fatal voyage. Photo Source: Public Domain.

Facts on the Titanic

Work Began: March 1909

Launched: May 1911

Completed: March 1912

Where: Belfast

By Who: Harland and Wolff

For: White Star Line

Key People: Bruce Ismay, Chairman, White Star Line

Lord Pirrie, Chairman, Harland and Wolff

Thomas Andrews, Chief Designer

Workers Involved in Building it: 3,000

Total Harland and Wolff Workforce Then: 15,000

Cost of Construction: $7.5 million ($400+ mil. today’s prices)

Other Titanic Facts

Ship Type: Ocean Liner

Displacement: 46,328 tons

Length: 269 meters (883 ft)

Height: 53.3 meters (175 ft)

Beam: 28 meters (92 ft)

Draught: 10.5 meters (34 ft 7 in)

Decks: 9

Power: 46,000 hp

Speed: 23 knots

Crew: 899

First Class: 739

Second Class: 674

Third Class: 1026

Lifeboats: 1186

These are some of the basic facts about the boat. Continue to the following pages to read about its first and fateful trip, the sinking and the reasons for the sinking. You will also be able to see photographs and hear the now famous tune taken from the movie Titanic.

More Ture Titanic Facts

Why not read more about the Construction of the Titanic. You can also read about the the sinking of the Titanic? It comes in three parts. Part 1 deals with the beginning of the fateful voyage; part 2 about the collision and the events surrounding it; and part 3 about the final moments.

Read also about the Mystery Ship that could have saved many more passengers but somehow didn’t. Read also about the heroic Titanic Band that played music to the end, as well as the Passengers, some famous and most not but still precious human beings whose loss was tragic or their salvation a feat. Read also about the survivors.

By reading all the above pages we hope you will have a good grasp of the history of Titanic and the major true Titanic facts.

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Titanic 1912 sinking

Titanic 1912 Sinking

On April 2, 1912, the Titanic left Belfast, Northern Ireland, for Southampton, England. The 480 nautical mile trip (552 normal miles or 883 km) would have taken more than a full day. Once in Southampton, the Titanic prepared for her fateful voyage. Abundant supplies were loaded. The numbers are staggering: 60 tons of meat and fish products; 5 tons of cereals; 50 tons of fruits and vegetables; 40,000 eggs and nearly 40,000 bottles of drinks including bottled water. Passengers came on board too. First class passengers had to pay $4350 per person; second class passengers $1,750; third class passengers only $30.

Brief Piece of Drama

With supplies and passengers loaded the Titanic sailed at noon, Wednesday, April 10, 1912. Close by two other large ships were docked, the Oceanic and the New York. As the Titanic began to move the large amounts of water displaced came upon the two ships, the New York rose on then dropped with force snapping her moorings. She then began to swing towards the Titanic coming to within 4 feet (just over a meter) of the massive liner! An accident was averted when a tug boat threw a rope and pulled the New York.

The Voyage Begins

With that incident out of the way the Titanic headed south for Cherbourg, France, 84 nautical miles away, arriving approximately 7:00 in the evening. There it stopped for two hours to pick more passengers and departed at 9:00 in the evening for Ireland and the port of Queenstown (currently known as Cobh).near the city of Cork, 306 nautical miles north west from Cherbourg. It arrived at Queenstown about fifteen hours later, around noon on Thursday, April 11 and stopped for less then two hours to pick more passengers. Given that the harbour of Queenstown was too small for the Titanic to dock, she anchored two miles out. Little boats known as tenders, ferried the last passengers and their luggage to the Titanic. By now she had well over 2200 persons on board, crew and passengers, as many as 2240. At 2:00 pm the Titanic set sail never to be in touch with land again.

Three Uneventful Days

As the land of Ireland began to fade on the horizon crew and passengers began to settle into their routines. The last passengers who had boarded at Queenstown were making themselves comfortable in their rooms. Those who had boarded in England and France were, no doubt, in the process of exploring this magnificent piece of maritime engineering with its maze of corridors, multiple decks, imposing figure and luxurious fittings. The first class passengers where certainly planning their social and business meetings given that the Titanic had ample salons for entertainment and plenty of important people on board to facilitate business transactions and meetings. The crew began to settle into their routines, busy but certainly proud and with a sense of history filling their minds knowing that they had the privilege to work on what was then the world’s largest and most luxurious ship on her maiden voyage. Captain Edward Smith, a man of extensive experience at sea must surely have felt at ease in his new job. As he himself had stated, in his 40 years at sea he had never been involved in a serious accident neither had he witnessed any maritime disasters. He believed that the technology of ship building had reached such an advanced level that ships would simply not sink unless sunk by human activity.

For three days the journey progressed without incident. During these three days the Titanic covered more than 1,500 miles. Throughout there were reports coming in from other ships about sightings of icebergs. How seriously would the captain and crew take them?

Other Pages About the Titanic

Now that you have read Part 1 of the Sinking of the Titanic read the following:

Titanic 1912 Sinking Part 2

Titanic 1912 Sinking Part 3

The Mystery Ship that could have saved more people

Titanic 1912 Sinking: The Passengers

The Survivors

The Titanic Band that played music to the end

Quick Titanic Facts

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