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
Labour Union Poster - Great London Dock Strike
Labour Union Poster Commemorating the Great London Dock Strike of 1889. This industrial dispute involving dock workers in the Port of London broke out on 14 August 1889, resulting in a victory for the 100,000 strikers and establishing strong trade unions amongst London dockers, one of which became the nationally important Dock, Wharf, Riverside and General Labourers Union. The strike is widely considered a milestone in the development of the British labour movement, symbolising the growth of the New Unions of casual, unskilled and poorly paid workers, in contrast to the craft unions already in existence. The strike helped to draw attention to the problem of poverty in Victorian Britain and the dockers cause attracted considerable public sympathy. Date: 1889
© Mary Evans Picture Library
The Galata Bridge - Istanbul
The Galata Bridge - Istanbul. The capital city of the Roman Empire between 330-395 AD, in Byzantine times, Byzantium was considered the world centre of civilsation for 600 years. Then having been known under the name of Constantinople, after the declaration of the Republic in 1920s was renamed Istanbul. All business in Constantinople has historically been linked to the Bosphorus, dividing the European side of the city from the Asian side of the city. Istanbul is now the third largest city in the world with a population in excess of 11 million and the only metropolis in the world situated on two continents. Date: circa 1910s
© Mary Evans / Grenville Collins Postcard Collection