Titanic and Olympic - Harland & Wolff, Belfast
Fascinating photograph taken on 6th March 1912, showing The RMS Titanic (left) and The RMS Olympic (right), the brand new ships of the White Star Line at the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast, Ireland. The caption on the reverse of the print reads as follows:
"Olympic on right alongside floating crane and wharf after having floated out of dry dock - Titanic on left having floated into dry dock - All being done on one tide on 6th March 1912"
Titanic closely resembled her older sister Olympic. Although she enclosed more space and therefore had a larger gross register tonnage, the hull was the same length as Olympic's. One of the most noticeable differences from Olympic was that half of Titanic's forward promenade A-Deck (below the boat deck) was enclosed against outside weather.
© Mary Evans Picture Library/The Herdman Archives Collection
Unloading Ships at London Docks, 1908
Illustration showing various cargoes coming ashore at London Docks, in the East End of London, 1908. Elephants tusks, barrels, boxes and crates are being unloaded from dumb lighters (engineless barges) onto the quayside for transfer to lorry or warehouse. The lighters were used to ferry cargoes between ship and shore and were so called due to their obvious effect on unloading vessels
© Illustrated London News Ltd/Mary Evans
St Malo, Brittany, France (Emerald Coast)
Lightermen (and women) ("Garbarriers") - at St Malo, Brittany, France. Lightermen were workers who transferred goods between ships and quays, as can be seen here with these French workers shifting bundles of sticks ashore from sailing vessels tied up against the harbour wall. The exact location of this scene is where the Rance River flows out into the English Channel between Dinard and Saint Malo. Date: circa 1910s
© Mary Evans / Grenville Collins Postcard Collection