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By William Fischer, Jr., May 12, 2019
"Titanic" Memorial Dedication
United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — "Titanic" Memorial
On Donegall Square East just south of Donegall Square North (Northern Ireland Route A1), on the right when traveling south.

Erected to the imperishable memory of those gallant Belfast men whose names are here inscribed and who lost their lives on the 15th April, 1912, by the foundering of the Belfast built R.M.S. Titanic, through . . . — Map (db m134331) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — 36th (Ulster) DivisionThe Great War — 1914 - 1918 —
On Shankill Road (Northern Ireland Route B39) at C Coy Street/Carnan Street, on the right when traveling west on Shankill Road.

The Ulster Division has lost more than half the men who attacked and, in doing so, has sacrificed itself for the Empire which has treated them none too well.

The much derided Ulster Volunteer Force has won a name which equals any in . . . — Map (db m134787) HM WM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — Abhainn na Feirste / River BelfastSlí na Gaeltachta / The Gaeltacht Way
On Divis Street (Northern Ireland Route A501) at Northumberland Street, on the right when traveling west on Divis Street.

Abhainn na Feirste Cé go bhfuil sí clúdaithe faoi choincréit anois agus gan a bheith le feiceáil, is ag an láthair seo ar Shráid Northumberland a chéadtrasnaíonn Abhainn na Feirste Bóthar na bhFál. Ainmníodh an abhainn as an . . . — Map (db m134462) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — Albert ClockCathedral Quarter — 1869 —
On Victoria Street at High Street/Queen's Square, on the right when traveling north on Victoria Street.

The Albert Memorial Clock is one of Belfast's best loved landmarks and is affectionately known as the city's very own 'leaning tower'. Standing 35 metres high and constructed mainly of sandstone, it was built on wooden piles on reclaimed, . . . — Map (db m135178) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — Anthony Trollope1815 - 1882
On Queen's Square, on the left when traveling east.

Novelist

worked here as Post Office Surveyor — Map (db m135235) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — Barney Hughes1808 - 1878
On College Square North just west of College Avenue (County Route B126), on the right when traveling west.

Master Baker Philanthropist lived here — Map (db m134425) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — Bayardo Bar Bombing Victims"A Forgotten Atrocity" — Lest We Forget —
On Shankill Road (Northern Ireland Route B39) at Argyle Street, on the left when traveling west on Shankill Road.

In memory of five innocent Protestants slaughtered here by a Republican murder gang on 13th August 1975

William John Gracey aged 63 Samuel Gunning aged 55 Joanne McDowell aged 29 Hugh Alexander Harris aged 21 . . . — Map (db m134827) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — BBC Broadcasting HouseCity Centre — 1941 —
On Ormeau Avenue at Dublin Road, on the left when traveling east on Ormeau Avenue.

Broadcasting House on Ormeau Avenue is the home of the BBC in Northern Ireland. Designed in 1936 by James Millar of Glasgow, the imposing and austere neo-Georgian style is typical of the era. The frame is steel with reinforced concrete floors . . . — Map (db m134216) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — Bedford StreetCity Centre
On Dublin Road at Ormeau Avenue, on the left when traveling south on Dublin Road.

The Ulster Hall is perhaps the best known building on Bedford Street. For almost 150 years, it has brought spectacle and delight to the people of Belfast. When the Ulster Hall opened in 1862, it was intended as a multi-purpose venue and space . . . — Map (db m134239) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — Belfast City HallCity Centre — 1906 —
On Donegall Square North (Northern Ireland Route A1) at Donegall Place, on the right when traveling east on Donegall Square North.

In the 17th century Belfast was little more than a village, but by the end of the 19th century it had become a dynamic industrial powerhouse, its mighty shipbuilding, linen, engineering and tobacco industries fueled by a rapidly growing . . . — Map (db m133776) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — Big Bill Campbell and Alastair Von (Ziff)
On Shankill Road (Northern Ireland Route B39) just east of Conway Street/Snugville Street, on the left when traveling east.

In proud memory of a true soldier BIG BILL CAMPBELL Died 8th January 1997 Lest We Forget No.5 Platoon ——————————— No. 1 Platoon 'A' Company L.P.W.W. Scotland . . . — Map (db m135141) WM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — Bobby Sands MPPoet, Gaeilgeoir, Revolutionary, IRA Volunteer. — Slí na Gaeltachta / The Gaeltacht Way —
On Falls Road (Northern Ireland Route A501) at Sevastopol Street, on the right when traveling west on Falls Road.

Ag Sráid Sevastopol cuimhhítear ar Bobby Sands i múrmhaislú a aithnítear ar fud an domhain. Ba scríbhneoir, file, réabhlóidi agus díograiseoir Gaeilge é Sands. Fuair sé bás 5 Bealtaine 1981 tar éis 66 lá ar stailc ocrais. As ucht . . . — Map (db m134465) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — Buildings & HousingSandy Row — A little part of Belfast —
On Sandy Row at Hope Street, on the right when traveling north on Sandy Row.

[Historic photo captions read]

1. Residents of Tea Lane built in 1832

2. Great Victoria St Presbyterian Church

3. A typical kitchen in Tea Lane

4. Mabel Street School

5. A living room scene in Tea Lane

6. A Sandy Row . . . — Map (db m134084) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — C Coy. First Battalion Ulster VolunteersU.V.F. • For God and Ulster — Recognition - Appreciation - Remembrance —
On Shankill Road (Northern Ireland Route B39) at C Coy Street/Carnan Street, on the left when traveling east on Shankill Road.

1st Battalion - Belfast Brigade "C" Company Ulster Volunteer Force Killed in Action

Vol. R. McIntyre 10-5-73 Vol. R. Wadsworth 11-4-75 Vol. T. Chapman 12-6-75 Vol. J. McGregor 12-6-75 Vol. W. Hannah . . . — Map (db m134811) WM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — Calder Fountain
On Donegall Quay (Northern Ireland Route A2) at Queen's Square, on the right when traveling south on Donegall Quay.

[Side A]

Erected by Public Subscription As a memorial to the labours of Francis Anderson Calder, Commander, R.N.

In the cause of humanity And to whom is mainly to be attributed the erection, between the years . . . — Map (db m135202) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — Civilians Murdered by Loyalists and British Forces During the Course of the Conflict
On Bombay Street just east of Clonard Gardens, on the left when traveling east.

Francis Finnegan — 21-7-20 ([age] 40) Br. Michael Morgan — 22-7-20 (28) Bernard Devlin — 22-7-20 (18) John J. Giles — 22-7-20 (19) Alexander McGoran — 22-7-20 (25) Thomas Robinson — . . . — Map (db m134625) WM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — Clonard MartyrsC Coy 2nd Battalion Belfast Brigade Oglaigh na H-Eireann (Irish Volunteers)I measc laochra na ngaedheal go rabh riad/Among the heroes there were many —
On Bombay Street just east of Clonard Gardens, on the left when traveling east.
Roll of Honor

Vol. Sean Gaynor · 26th Sept. 1920 Vol. Dan Duffin · 23rd April 1921 Vol. Pat Duffin · 23rd April 1921 Vol. Seán McCartney · 8th May 1921 Vol. Gerard O'Callaghan · 31st Aug. 1942 Vol. Tom Williams . . . — Map (db m134620) WM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — Crown BarCity Centre — 1826 —
On Great Victoria Street (Northern Ireland Route A1) at Amelia Street, on the left when traveling south on Great Victoria Street.

The Crown Bar is a gem in Belfast's architectural crown! This priceless time capsule is a rare and remarkably intact survivor of the 19th century gin palaces. Moreover, it is a living, breathing pub, described by John Betjeman as a "many . . . — Map (db m135124) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — CultureSandy Row — A little part of Belfast —
On Sandy Row at Hope Street, on the right when traveling north on Sandy Row.

[Historic photo captions read]

1. Romance blossoms at the Twelfth bonfire

2. Parade 1981

3. Arch outside Sandro Cinema in 1931

4. Jimmy Fryers on the Lambeg Drum in 1974

5. Sandy Row Orange Hall, opened in 1868

6. . . . — Map (db m134121) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — Custom HouseCathedral Quarter — 1857 —

The Custom House is an imposing two storey Victorian building designed by the architect Charles Lanyon and built in the Italian style. The existence of such a building was made possible and necessary as Belfast became one of the greatest . . . — Map (db m135257) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — Custom House SquareCathedral Quarter
On Queen's Square just east of Princess Street, on the right when traveling east.

This part of Cathedral Quarter is an area of great historical importance. It was the birthplace of Belfast, where the River Farset joined the River Lagan. In the past, ships tied up at quays here, but today Custom House Square provides an area . . . — Map (db m135188) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — Divis Street / Sráid DhuibhiseThe Gaeltacht Quarter / An Cheathrú Ghaeltachta
On Divis Street (Northern Ireland Route A501) 0.4 kilometers west of Westlink (Northern Ireland Route A12), on the right when traveling west.

There are many places of social and cultural significance in this vicinity. Raise your eyes and you'll see the twin spires of St Peter's Cathedral, a much-loved landmark of West Belfast. St Peter's is the mother church of the Diocese of Down & . . . — Map (db m134447) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — Donegall PlaceCity Centre
On Donegall Square North (Northern Ireland Route A1) at Donegall Place, on the left when traveling east on Donegall Square North.

In the 17th century, this area was part of the formal gardens of Belfast Castle but today it is the thriving retail centre of the city. The scene is dominated by Belfast City Hall (1906), centred on Donegall Square and near this point is the . . . — Map (db m134418) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — Donegall QuayCathedral Quarter
On Donegall Quay (Northern Ireland Route A2) at Queen's Square, on the right when traveling south on Donegall Quay.

You are at the Lagan Lookout and the Lagan Weir. There are fascinating places to visit in all directions from here. Head past Bigfish towards Corporation Square in the heart of Belfast's Sailortown district. There are two particularly . . . — Map (db m135252) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — Donegall Square NorthCity Centre
On Wellington Place/Donegall Square North (Northern Ireland Route A1) at Donegall Square West, on the left when traveling east on Wellington Place/Donegall Square North.

The splendid vista of the City Hall (1906) dominates the view from here, but it is by no means the only building of architectural or cultural merit to be seen. Take a circuit around the City Hall and discover some of the highlights of Donegall . . . — Map (db m134186) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — Donegall Square SouthCity Centre
On Donegall Square South (Northern Ireland Route A1) at Linenhall Street, on the left when traveling west on Donegall Square South.

During the late 18th and early 19th centuries, the balance of commercial power in Belfast shifted southward towards the White Linen Hall, where the City Hall, 1906, now stands. Donegall Square gradually became the heart of Belfast and Donegall . . . — Map (db m134242) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — Donegall Square WestCity Centre
On Howard Street (Northern Ireland Route A1) at Donegall Square West, on the right when traveling west on Howard Street.

Donegall Square West is dominated by the magnificent Baroque-style Scottish Provident Institution (1902) that looks out over the City Hall (1906). Take a stroll around Donegall Square and discover architectural treasures such as the Linen Hall . . . — Map (db m133768) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — Dr. James McDonnell1763 - 1845
On Donegall Place just south of Fountain Lane, on the right when traveling south.

Physician 'Father of Belfast medicine' lived in a house in this street — Map (db m134419) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — Fall Road Carnegie Library / Leabharlann Carnegie na bhFálThe Gaeltacht Quarter / An Cheathrú Ghaeltachta
On Falls Road (Northern Ireland Route A501) at Sevastopol Street, on the left when traveling east on Falls Road.

It is appropriate that the Gaeltacht Quarter, a place that is alive with language, should be home to one of the finest Carnegie libraries in Belfast. Carnegie libraries were built in the early part of the 20th century with money donated by the . . . — Map (db m134579) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — First U.S.A.E.F. Landed in This City 26 Jan 1942Second World War
On Donegall Square North (Northern Ireland Route A1) at Donegall Place, on the right when traveling east on Donegall Square North.

[Title is text]

[US Army, US Marine Corps, US Navy Emblems] — Map (db m133801) WM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — Francis Maginn1861 - 1918
On College Square North just west of College Avenue (County Route B126), on the right when traveling west.

Pioneer for Rights and Education of Deaf People worked here — Map (db m134422) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — Frederick Temple
On Donegall Square West just north of Donegall Square South, on the right when traveling north.

To the illustrious memory of Frederick Temple 1st Marquess of Dufferin and Ava KP. 1826 - 1902 Governor-General of Canada Viceroy of India Ambassador at St Petersburg Constantinople Rome and Paris . . . — Map (db m133909) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — Frizzell's Fish Shop Bombing Victims
On Shankill Road (Northern Ireland Route B39) just east of Canmore Street, on the left when traveling east.

This Tablet marks the site of Frizzel[l]’s Fish shop, where at 1.05 p.m. on Saturday 23rd October 1993 a terrorist bomb exploded.

9 innocent souls lost their lives and many more were injured. . . . — Map (db m134826) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — Grand Opera HouseCity Centre
On Great Victoria Street (Northern Ireland Route A1) at Glengall Street, on the left when traveling north on Great Victoria Street.

When the Grand Opera House opened its doors on 23 December 1895, it was an instant success. Crowds flocked to see a great variety of entertainment, including opera, drama, pantomime, circus, and the latest London comedy or musical.

Since . . . — Map (db m134036) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — Great Victoria StreetCity Centre
On Great Victoria Street (Northern Ireland Route A1) at Hope Street, on the left when traveling north on Great Victoria Street.

Two of Belfast's best loved buildings are on Great Victoria Street - the Grand Opera House (1895) and the Crown Bar (1885). Nearby, at the junction with Fisherwick Place, stands the Scottish Baronial style Presbyterian Assembly Building (1905). . . . — Map (db m135126) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — Great Victoria Street StationCity Centre
On Great Victoria Street (Northern Ireland Route A1) at Amelia Street, on the left when traveling north on Great Victoria Street.

On 12 August 1839, thousands gathered in Great Victoria Street to watch the opening of the first railway in Belfast – the Ulster Railway linking Belfast with Lisburn. The coming of the railways gave a new impulse to the growth of Belfast . . . — Map (db m133767) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — Henry George "Harry" Ferguson1884 - 1960
On Donegall Square East just south of Donegall Square North (Northern Ireland Route A1), on the left when traveling south.

Inventor Had business premises on this site — Map (db m134290) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — High StreetCity Centre
On High Street at Victoria Street, on the left when traveling west on High Street.

High Street and its environs contain a rich architectural heritage. Budding sleuths will appreciate the St. George's Building (1881), one-time home of the Ulster Overcoat Company, makers of Sherlock Holmes' famous overcoat. By way of . . . — Map (db m135142) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — HistorySandy Row — A little part of Belfast —
On Sandy Row at Hope Street, on the right when traveling north on Sandy Row.

[Historic photo captions read]

1. Early map of Sandy Row in 1858

2. Sandy Row busy with shoppers in days gone by

3. Sandy Row in 1907 looking towards Lisburn Road

4. Sandy Row with Gilpins in the distance

5. Looking . . . — Map (db m134124) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — Howard StreetCity Centre
On Howard Street (Northern Ireland Route A1) at Great Victoria Street (Northern Ireland Route A1), on the left when traveling west on Howard Street.

In the 19th century Howard Street was the site of a House Of Correction which bore the inscription “Within amend, without beware” over its front door. Today the street is dominated by the gothic architecture and corner tower of the . . . — Map (db m133823) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — IndustrySandy Row — A little part of Belfast —
On Sandy Row at Hope Street, on the right when traveling north on Sandy Row.

[Historic photo captions read]

1. Murray's Tobacco Factory opened in 1901

2. Ulster Spinning Co. staff in the 1930s

3. Bill Hewitt, drum maker of Sandy Row

4. Workers at the Albion factory in 1919

5. Belfast City . . . — Map (db m134119) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — James Holmes1753-1832
On Queen's Square at Princess Street, on the right when traveling east on Queen's Square.

First US Consul in Belfast at Chichester Quay opposite here 1796 — Map (db m135184) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — James Joseph Magennis1919 ~ 1986
On Donegall Square North (Northern Ireland Route A1) at Donegall Place, on the right when traveling east on Donegall Square North.

This memorial honours Belfastman & former H.M.S. Ganges Boy (1935 DJX 144907) Leading Seaman Magennis who while serving as the diver in H.M. Submarine XE111 was awarded the Victoria Cross . . . — Map (db m133977) WM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — King William III - "King Billy's on the Wall"12th July 1690 — Welcome to Sandy Row —
On Sandy Row at Linfield Road, on the right when traveling south on Sandy Row.

William III encourages his troops, on the morning of July 12th 1690

Let ambition fire thy mind Laat ambitie brand un'verstand

Williamite Forces Danish, English, Dutch, French Huguenots, Prussian, Scots, . . . — Map (db m134153) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — Korean War Memorial
On Donegall Square West just north of Donegall Square South, on the right when traveling north.

Men from many parts of the British Isles, but predominately from every community and part of Ireland, fought with the RUR in the ‘Happy Valley’ battle in defence of Seoul, capital of South Korea

The memorial above was carved by a Korean . . . — Map (db m133844) WM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — Leading Seaman James Magennis, VC1919-1986
On Great Victoria Street (Northern Ireland Route A1) just north of Wellwood Street, on the left when traveling north.

Submariner Born in Belfast ——————————— Acting Leading Seaman James Joseph Magennis VC, Royal Navy Was born in Belfast

Awarded the VC for his action on 31 July . . . — Map (db m135308) HM WM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — Living Leavesone hundred winters
On Donegall Square West at Donegall Square South (Northern Ireland Route A1), on the right when traveling north on Donegall Square West.

This tree is one of four, planted to celebrate the lives of Belfast's citizens who were over 100 years of age, during the City Hall's centenary year.

The four trees, one at each corner of the City Hal, represent the four seasons. The names . . . — Map (db m134015) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — Lord Kelvin OM(William Thompson) — 1824 - 1907 —
On College Square East (Northern Ireland Route A1) just south of Wellington Place (Northern Ireland Route A1), on the left when traveling south.

Scientist Born in a house on this site — Map (db m134429) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — Máire DrummI ndíl chuimhne / In memory
On Falls Road (Northern Ireland Route A501) at Sevastopol Street, on the right when traveling west on Falls Road.

Máire Drumm Vice President of Sinn Féin Assassinated by Loyalists 28th Oct. 1976

We must take no steps backward, our steps must be onward, for if we don't, the martyrs that died for you, for me, for this country, . . . — Map (db m134513) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — Michael O'Dwyer, Paddy Loughran, and Pat McBrideI ndíl chuimhne / In memory
On Falls Road (Northern Ireland Route A501) at Sevastopol Street, on the right when traveling west on Falls Road.

Dedicated to the memory of Michael O'Dwyer Sinn Féin members Paddy Loughran and Pat McBride who were murdered here by the R.U.C. on February 4 1992

a Mhuire Banríon na nGeal guí ar orthu [Our Lady Queen of the Celts . . . — Map (db m134515) WM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — Monument to the Unknown Woman Worker
On Great Victoria Street (Northern Ireland Route A1) at Amelia Street, on the right when traveling south on Great Victoria Street.

[Comments on monument, in no particular order]

The fastest growing section of the labour force are married women in part-time employment. This work is only one part of a mother's working day. . . . — Map (db m134019) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — Mother Daughter Sister
On Sandy Row at Linfield Road, on the right when traveling south on Sandy Row.
This sculpture celebrates the female culture and identity of Sandy Row and the generational contribution women have made to this community both in the family and workplace.

Que Sera Sera When I was just a little girl, . . . — Map (db m134128) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — Pat (Beág) McGeownI ndíl chuimhne / In memory
On Falls Road (Northern Ireland Route A501) at Sevastopol Street, on the right when traveling west on Falls Road.

To the memory of Pat (Beág) McGeown A Soldier, politician, community worker and bridge builder who died October 1 1996 as a direct result of being on the 1981 Hunger Strike in the H Blocks

"To live in the hearts of . . . — Map (db m134512) HM WM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — PeopleSandy Row — A little part of Belfast —
On Sandy Row at Hope Street, on the right when traveling north on Sandy Row.

[Historic photo captions read]

1. Mr R. J. Moss, Headmaster of Mabel St. School from 1886-1921

2. Saturday night dancing at the Orange Hall in Sandy Row

3. John Brown pictured outside his popular 'Ribbon Shop'

4. A friendly . . . — Map (db m134085) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — Presbyterian Assembly BuildingCity Centre — 1905 —
On Fisherwick Place at Howard Street (Northern Ireland Route A1), on the left when traveling south on Fisherwick Place.

This impressive three storey building is the headquarters for the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. Its gothic architecture and corner tower dominate the busy junction of Fisherwick Place, Great Victoria Street, Howard Street and Grosvenor . . . — Map (db m134212) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — Richard Mussen
On Shankill Road (Northern Ireland Route B39) at Argyle Street, on the right when traveling west on Shankill Road.

Richard Mussen joined the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers [27th Foot] at the age of 15. At the outbreak of the Zulu Wars he volunteered for active service and was transferred to the 2nd Battalion The South Wales Borderers [24th Foot]. At the . . . — Map (db m134883) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — Robert Dougan'C' Battery, South Belfast Brigade — U.D.A. • U F F —
On Sandy Row at Blythe Street, on the right when traveling south on Sandy Row.

In proud memory of Robert Dougan

Murdered by the enemies of Ulster 10th. February 1998

"A gentleman till the very end he died as he lived He was everyones friend."

"Lest We Forget"Map (db m135663) WM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — Royal Belfast Academical InstitutionCity Centre
On College Square East (Northern Ireland Route A1) at Wellington Place, on the left when traveling north on College Square East.

Royal Belfast Academical Institution, or Inst., occupies an eight acre site in the centre of Belfast. The eminent English architect John Soane, who designed the new Bank of England in 1788, drew up plans for the school in 1809 and its . . . — Map (db m134432) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — Royal Irish Rifles South African War Memorial
On Donegall Square East just south of Donegall Square North (Northern Ireland Route A1), on the right when traveling south.

In memory of the officers, non-commissioned officers and men of the Royal Irish Rifles, who were killed in action or died of wounds or disease in the South African War 1899·1902, this monument is dedicated. . . . — Map (db m134293) WM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — Sandy RowCity Centre
On Sandy Row at Linfield Road, on the right when traveling south on Sandy Row.

Sandy Row is one of the oldest residential streets in Belfast. It has long been an important route into the town, connecting it with the Malone Ridge — the main route from the south. As workers moved in from rural areas, seeking work in . . . — Map (db m134130) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — Séamus Mac Roibín / Seamus Robinson1890-1961 — Ag Fíorú na Poblachta 1916-2016 —
On Falls Road (Northern Ireland Route A501) at Sevastopol Street, on the right when traveling west on Falls Road.

Ball de Bhráithreachas na Poblachta, Óglaigh na hÉireann agus Na Fianna Éireann. Gníomhach i nGarastún Ardoifig an Phoist, Baile Átha Cliath, 1916. Rugadh 6ú Éanair, 1890. Bhí cónaí air sa cheantar seo . . . — Map (db m134478) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — Shaftesbury SquareQueen's Quarter
On Shaftesbury Square (Northern Ireland Route A1) just north of Donegall Pass, on the left when traveling north.

Follow Bradbury Place and University Road, past Lower Crescent (1852) and the grand Neo-Classical, concave Upper Crescent (1846), into the heart of Queen's Quarter. The Lanyon Building (1849), named after its architect Charles Lanyon, is the . . . — Map (db m135662) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — Shankill Protestant Boys Flute Band
On Shankill Road (Northern Ireland Route B39) at C Coy Street/Carnan Street, on the right when traveling west on Shankill Road.

The officers and members of the Shankill Protestant Boys flute band strive to achieve the same respect that our 1st Battalion West Belfast Ulster Volunteers and Ulster Special Service Force "USSF" forefathers rightfully achieved in 1913, as . . . — Map (db m134764) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — Sir Daniel Dixon Bart [Baronet]The Right Honourable
On Donegall Square North (Northern Ireland Route A1) at Donegall Square West, on the right when traveling east on Donegall Square North.

Mayor of Belfast 1892 and 1893. Lord Mayor 1901, 1902, 1903, 1905 and 1906. Freeman of the City. M.P. for Belfast-North-. Obit 1907.

Erected by his many friends in appreciation of the numerous public services rendered by him . . . — Map (db m133963) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — Sir Otto Jaffe1846 - 1929
On Donegall Square South (Northern Ireland Route A1) at Linenhall Street, on the left when traveling west on Donegall Square South.

Lord Mayor of Belfast 1899 & 1904 and Philanthropist had his office here — Map (db m134287) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — Sir Samuel Ferguson1810 - 1886
On High Street at Bridge Street, on the left when traveling west on High Street.

Poet and Antiquarian born in 14 High Street which was on this site — Map (db m134901) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — South Belfast Battalion, Ulster Volunteer Force1912 — For God and Ulster —
On Sandy Row at Wellwood Street, on the right when traveling south on Sandy Row.

Trained in the adjoining brewery yard These Stones are kept in remembrance

"Lest We Forget" — Map (db m135584) WM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — South Belfast Brigade MemorialUlster Defence Association — Lest We Forget —

"A" Battallion ~ Roll of Honour ~ Brig John McMichael 22-12-87 Jim Kenna 25-7-72 • Frankie Smyth 31-1-73 Ernie Dowds 10-10-75 • Sammy Hunt 5-9-76 Steven Audley 17-3-91 . . . — Map (db m135665) WM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — St. George's ChurchCity Centre — 1816 —
On High Street at Victoria Street, on the left when traveling west on High Street.

The site of St. George's Church marks the very beginning of Belfast. It is the place where settlement began and which gave the city its name. There are records of a chapel at Beal Feirste (Irish for 'the sandy ford at the mouth of the Farset') . . . — Map (db m135145) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — The Chronicles of a People
On Bombay Street, on the left when traveling east.

From the burning ashes of a Clonard Street is where I trace my own. Not fifty yards across the wall my blood runs blue as well. The red brick walls and darkened halls where secrets never met. For fear a neighbor lent his ear to something he'd . . . — Map (db m134725) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — The People of the Greater Clonard
On Bombay Street just east of Clonard Gardens, on the left when traveling east.

This plaque is dedicated to the People of the Greater Clonard who have resisted and still resist the occupation of our country by Britain. We acknowledge with pride the sacrifices they made throughout every decade. Their names would . . . — Map (db m134616) WM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — The QuaysLaganside Corporation 1989-2007
On Donegall Quay (Northern Ireland Route A2) at Queen's Square, on the left when traveling south on Donegall Quay.

Welcome to the Quays at the mouth of the River Lagan. Set around the Lagan Weir the Quays incorporate Queen's Quay, Hanover Quay, Gregg's Quay and Donegall Quay, all closely linked with the origins of Belfast. The city derives its name from the . . . — Map (db m135226) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — The Royal Sussex Regiment
On Donegall Place at Castle Street, on the right when traveling south on Donegall Place.

This plaque records the fact that on 28th. June 1701 Arthur Chichester, 3rd. Earl of Donegall by warrant of his late Majesty King William III formed the 35th Regiment of Foot which has since become famous as The Royal Sussex . . . — Map (db m134891) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — The Water Office
On Donegall Square North (Northern Ireland Route A1) at Callender Street/Donegall Square East, on the left when traveling east on Donegall Square North.

Historic Building 1869 Restored 1984 — Map (db m134417) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — Thomas Carnduff1886-1956
On Fountain Place just north of Wellington Place/Donegall Square North, on the right when traveling north.

The Shipyard Poet Resident Caretaker Linen Hall Library 1951-1954 — Map (db m134187) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — Thomas Russell1767 - 1803
On Donegall Square North (Northern Ireland Route A1) at Donegall Square West, on the left when traveling east on Donegall Square North.

United Irishman 'the Man from God knows where' Librarian 1794-1796 — Map (db m134178) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — Titanic Memorial Garden
On Donegall Square East just south of Donegall Square North (Northern Ireland Route A1), on the right when traveling south.

Titanic Memorial Garden is a permanent tribute to over 1,500 passengers and crew who died after the ship struck an iceberg and sank in the North Atlantic during its maiden voyage in April 1912.

When RMS Titanic departed Southampton on . . . — Map (db m134337) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — Ulster HallCity Centre — 1862 —
On Bedford Street just south of Franklin Street, on the left when traveling south.

For almost 150 years, the Ulster Hall has brought spectacle and delight to the people of Belfast. It was built at a time when the city was attracting major artists and needed a bigger concert hall. The Ulster Hall Company was formed in 1859 to . . . — Map (db m134240) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — Vol. Tom Williams
On Bombay Street just east of Clonard Gardens, on the right when traveling east.

In loving memory of Vol. Tom Williams "C. Coy" 2nd Battalion Belfast Brigade IRA who lived here and was executed in Belfast Gaol 2nd Sept 1942 Aged 19 years

ar dheis de go rabh a anam [To the honor of . . . — Map (db m134711) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — War Memorial
On Sandy Row at St Georges Gardens, on the left when traveling north on Sandy Row.

The Great War 1914-1918

In Memory of the Fallen

In Flanders Fields [poem not transcribed] ———————————— Second World War . . . — Map (db m135587) WM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — Welcome to the City CentreCity Centre
On Donegall Square North (Northern Ireland Route A1) at Donegall Place, on the right when traveling east on Donegall Square North.

Belfast has been shaped by time and circumstance. Its buildings tell the story of change and development, of commerce and industry, entertainment and religion.

Belfast city centre is the vibrant heart of a thriving metropolis, which has . . . — Map (db m133803) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — Wellington PlaceCity Centre
On Wellington Place (Northern Ireland Route A1) just east of College Square East (Northern Ireland Route A1), on the right when traveling east.

The growth in prosperity from cotton and linen during the Napoleonic wars saw Belfast's centre of gravity shift from its ancient heartland around High Street, out towards the White Linen Hall, where the present City Hall now stands. Wellington . . . — Map (db m134188) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — William James Pirrie
On Donegall Square East just south of Donegall Square North (Northern Ireland Route A1), on the right when traveling south.

In loving and most grateful memory of my beloved husband

William James Pirrie

1st Viscount K.P. P.C. H M.L. Born 31st May 1847 - Died 7th June 1924. Only son of James Alexander . . . — Map (db m134345) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Antrim), Belfast — World Wars Memorial
On Donegall Square South (Northern Ireland Route A1) at Donegall Square West, on the right when traveling west on Donegall Square South.

Pro Deo et Patria

Erected by The City of Belfast in memory of her heroic sons who made the supreme sacrifice in The Great War 1914 - 1918 1939 - 1945

Faithful unto death they are remembered with pride . . . — Map (db m133959) WM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Down), Belfast — 1908 Harland and Wolff Shipyard
On Queens Road, on the left when traveling north.

This plan shows the extent of Harland and Wolff's shipyard on Queen's Island in 1908. The Queen's Island shipyards were highly successful at this time; 247 ships were built on the island between 1900 and 1913, more than any other shipyard in . . . — Map (db m135267) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Down), Belfast — Bigger Ships and Bigger Docks
On Queens Road, on the left when traveling north.

Hamilton Graving Dock was continuously in use with ships being repaired, serviced or fitted out. It was leased by the Harbour Commissioners to Belfast's two main shipyards, Harland and Wolff and Workman Clark, as well as to ship . . . — Map (db m135388) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Down), Belfast — Building the Dock 1864-1867 / Belfast's Industrial Growth
On Queens Road, on the left when traveling north.

[Front]

Building the Dock 1864-1867

The construction of the dock began in February 1864 and was finished within three years. Four hundred and fifty men were employed to build the graving dock and the adjoining . . . — Map (db m135286) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Down), Belfast — Building the Dock 1864-1867 / Hamilton Dock
On Queens Road, on the left when traveling north.

[Front]

Building the Dock 1864-1867

The construction of Hamilton Dock began in February 1864 and was finished within three years.

[Top blue inset caption reads] This is the office of the Deputy Harbour Master, whose . . . — Map (db m135341) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Down), Belfast — Caisson
On Queens Road, on the left when traveling north.

Constructed in 1867, the caisson is one of the oldest surviving vessels built by Harland and Wolff.

The caisson is a hollow gate which closed off the entrance to the dock. Shaped like a ship's hull, it is made of wrought iron and hollow . . . — Map (db m135264) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Down), Belfast — East Belfast Protestant BoysFor God and Ulster
On Newtownards Road (Northern Ireland Route A20) at Hemp Street, on the left when traveling west on Newtownards Road.

[Mural] Dedicated To 1981 Gareth Keys 2008 ———————————— In Memory Of All Our Fallen Volunteers We Forget Them Not

East Belfast Ulster . . . — Map (db m135571) WM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Down), Belfast — Features of the Dock
On Queens Road, on the left when traveling north.

Select, turn, listen...

Find out more about how Hamilton Graving Dock worked. Select a channel and turn the handle a few times to play each audio track. 1 Keel blocks 2 Caisson 3 Diver

Time spent by ships in the . . . — Map (db m135275) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Down), Belfast — First Port: Views of Belfast
On Queens Road, on the left when traveling north.

[Excerpts with historical information]

Belfast Harbour Commissioners' Offices The magnificent office building of the Harbour Commissioners, who were responsible for the construction of Hamilton Dock in the 1860s, was first opened in . . . — Map (db m135369) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Down), Belfast — Former Harland & Wolff Headquarter BuildingClosed 1989 — Titanic Quarter —
On Queens Road just north of Bell's Theorem Crescent, on the left when traveling north.

This long three storey office building in sandstone and brick was the headquarters for Harland and Wolff. When this company was at its peak in the early to middle years of the 19th [sic - 20th] century, it was one of the mightiest shipbuilding . . . — Map (db m135514) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Down), Belfast — Hamilton Dock By Numbers
On Queens Road, on the left when traveling north.

Hamilton Graving Dock opened in 1867. It was almost twice the size of No. 2 Graving Dock which had been completed in 1826.

3 million gals The dock holds approximately 3 million gallons of water, the same volume as five and half . . . — Map (db m135405) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Down), Belfast — Hamilton Dock Stone Construction
On Queens Road, on the left when traveling north.

To ensure good quality work, the commissioners hired a mason specialising in dock construction, who was paid £2 5s 0d per week.

This was over four times the amount a worker in a country mill earned. . . . — Map (db m135284) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Down), Belfast — Hamilton Dock Stone Construction
On Queens Road, on the left when traveling north.

Only the very best quality stone was used for dock construction.

The Belfast Harbor Commissioners visited the site regularly to inspect progress. . . . — Map (db m135285) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Down), Belfast — Hamilton Dock: Refurbishment and Restoration
On Queens Road, on the left when traveling north.

Hamilton Dock was refurbished in 1948, when a new 25-inch (64cm) concrete floor was laid. It remained in use until the 1990s, but then fell into decline.

In 2009, work began to restore the dock, now a NIEA Scheduled Monument and the . . . — Map (db m135402) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Down), Belfast — Hamilton Graving Dock / SS NomadicCompleted 1867 / Launched April 25th 1911 — Titanic Quarter —
On Queens Road at Bell's Theorem Crescent, on the left when traveling north on Queens Road.

Hamilton Graving Dock

The 450th long Hamilton Graving Dock (1863 - 1867) was the first graving dock to be built on the County Down side of the River Lagan. It is serviced by the 12 acres of sheltered water that form the . . . — Map (db m135446) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Down), Belfast — Harland and Wolff ShipyardFounded 1861 — Titanic Quarter —
On Queens Road just north of Bell's Theorem Crescent, on the left when traveling north.

The names Edward Harland and Gustav Wolff are inextricably linked with Belfast's shipbuilding industry. Their partnership laid the foundations for what was to become one of the greatest shipyards in the world. To this day, Harland and Wolff's . . . — Map (db m135509) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Down), Belfast — Keel Blocks
On Queens Road, on the left when traveling north.

These blocks originally sat at the bottom of Hamilton Dock. They were used to support ships' hulls.

You can see similar blocks under Nomadic's keel. — Map (db m135404) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Down), Belfast — Newtownards RoadEast Belfast
On Newtownards Road (Northern Ireland Route A20) at Albertbridge Road (Northern Ireland Route A20), on the left when traveling west on Newtownards Road.

From the mid 1800s, the Connswater was the driving force behind east Belfast's industrial growth. Barges laden with raw materials and goods travelled its length and its waters powered many cotton and flax mills, such as the Portview . . . — Map (db m135564) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Down), Belfast — Nomadic in Hamilton Dock
On Queens Road, on the left when traveling north.

Turn and listen... Find out about the dockside scene. Just a few turns of the handle will play the track.

Hamilton Dock It's 1911 - Nomadic is being floated out of Hamilton Dock following her fit our.

1 Titanic in . . . — Map (db m135272) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Down), Belfast — Olympic SlipwayTitanic Quarter — Launched 1910 • Dismantled 1935 —

[Front]

The Olympic Slipway is where RMS Olympic was built beside her sister ship, Titanic. Although quiet and peaceful today, in 1910 this entire area was a hive of human industry, reverberating to the deafening din from steel plates being . . . — Map (db m134902) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Down), Belfast — On Board SS Nomadic
On Queens Road, on the left when traveling north.

Built on Queen's Island as a tender ship for the White Star Line, SS Nomadic is most famous for the part she played in the Titanic story.

Based in Cherbourg, France, Nomadic transferred passengers from the quayside to enormous passenger . . . — Map (db m135268) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Down), Belfast — Operating the [Hamilton] Dock
On Queens Road, on the left when traveling north.

'Our harbour now stands among the finest in the United Kingdom.' Belfast News Letter, 2 October 1867

Hamilton Dock was filled at high tide and emptied at low tide. [Photo caption reads] Above This . . . — Map (db m135269) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Down), Belfast — Queen's Island Shipyard / Belfast's Industrial Growth
On Queens Road, on the left when traveling north.

[Front]

Queen's Island From Pleasure Garden to Shipyard

Edward Harland and Gustav Wolff's shipyard, which would go on to become the most successful in the world, was established in 1861.

[Blue inset caption reads] . . . — Map (db m135321) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Down), Belfast — Queen's Island Shipyard / Hamilton Dock
On Queens Road, on the left when traveling north.

[Front]

Queen's Island From Pleasure Garden to Shipyard

Queen's Island was created in 1847 when slobs from the digging of Victoria Channel were deposited on the Co. Down side of the Lagan Estuary.

Queen's Island was . . . — Map (db m135338) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Down), Belfast — RMS Titanic Keel Laying Centenary

This plaque was unveiled on 31st March 2009 by John M Andrews, great nephew of Thomas Andrews, Chief Naval Architect, Harland & Wolff to commemorate the centenary of the keel laying of RMS Titanic

Built on this slipway . . . — Map (db m134932) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Down), Belfast — Shipbuilding & Mapmaking [Part 1]

'Belfaste is a place meet for a corporate town, armed with all commodities, as a principal haven, wood and good ground, standing also upon a border, and a place of great importance for service ...' Extract from a letter to the Privy . . . — Map (db m134933) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Down), Belfast — Shipbuilding & Mapmaking [Part 2]

1922 The Shipyards Expand Eastwards

The First World War had been a period of frantic activity in the shipyards of Belfast, with orders for both new warships and running repairs to the fleet. In 1917, both Harland & Wolff and Workman . . . — Map (db m135114) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Down), Belfast — The Bridge DeckNomadic
On Queens Road, on the left when traveling north.

The deck to the front, or fore, of a ship is called the forecastle deck. The term - pronounced 'fok-sel' - is an ancient one that originally referred to defences that were found on a warship.

Only the crew were allowed on the . . . — Map (db m135386) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Down), Belfast — The Dockside: A Hive of Activity
On Queens Road, on the left when traveling north.

The dock was a hive of activity with up to two ships being worked on by large teams of men from the shipyards. The workers stood on wooden platforms called stages.

Brand new ships were also 'fitted-out' in the dock, with their final . . . — Map (db m135397) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Down), Belfast — The Poop DeckNomadic
On Queens Road, on the left when traveling north.

From the quayside, third-class passengers boarded Nomadic through gates on either side of the poop deck, separated from the first and second-class passengers. Then they descended the stairway to enter the third-class deck.

The hatch . . . — Map (db m135346) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Down), Belfast — The Pump HouseHamilton Dock
On Queens Road, on the left when traveling north.

The pump house, built c.1867, contained the important machinery used to empty the dock of water. Inside the pump house was a boiler and a steam engine, which drove one underground centrifugal pump. A tall brick chimney - to release fumes and . . . — Map (db m135437) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Down), Belfast — The Pump HouseHamilton Dock
On Queens Road, on the left when traveling north.

In the mid-1920s, the original steam-powered pumps were replaced by ones driven by electric motors.

Each of the 125 horsepower electric motors, which can still be seen inside, drives a pump in the underground well. Above the motors you . . . — Map (db m135438) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Down), Belfast — The Searcher

C.S. 'Jack' Lewis Ulsterman, Writer, Scholar, Teacher, Christian Born 1898, Reborn 1931

The Searcher, by sculptor Ross Wilson, represents the narrator of The Magician's Nephew, Digory Kirke. In this story he has a wardrobe made from . . . — Map (db m135550) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Down), Belfast — Titanic and Olympic Slipways

KEY (1) (2) The illuminated blue lines demonstrate the actual size and location of the Titanic (1) and Olympic (2) ships constructed on these two Slipways.

(3) The turfed and decked areas denote the proportions of people that . . . — Map (db m135002) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Down), Belfast — Titanic SlipwayTitanic Quarter — Launched 31st May 1911 • Sank 15th April 1912 —

[Front]

On 31 May 1911, SS 401, Titanic, slid down Slipway No. 3 at the Queen's Yard of Harland and Wolff and settled on the waters of the Victoria Channel in Belfast Lough. In her brief life she would be the largest, most luxurious . . . — Map (db m135088) HM

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Londonderry), Belfast — Donegall Square NorthCity Centre
On Donegall Square North (Northern Ireland Route A1) at Donegall Place, on the right when traveling east on Donegall Square North.

Donegall Square is the heart of modern Belfast, centred on a grassy square occupied by the City Hall and surrounded by buildings in a wide variety of styles and from different periods. The buildings provide a microcosm of the city’s . . . — Map (db m133769) HM


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