Bottle of Champagne that Christened Titanic didn't break

It is considered bad luck when the bottle of champagne used to ‘christen’ a ship fails to break when swung against the hull at launching.  However, none of the White Star Line ships was ‘christened’ in this way, so the story is false.

However, one of the Harland & Wolff workers who had to knock out the wooden supports from the hull of Titanic at her launch, was severely injured in this operation and was taken to hospital.  He died later of his injuries.
 

 

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TITANICa The Exhibition is on display the the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, Cultra. Click here for opening times, how to get here and admission prices.

 

Titanic Exhibition

The Titanic exhibition is housed in the Transport galleries at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, Cultra. You can also experience "TITANICa The People's Story in the Outdoor Folk Museum.

Click here for more information on the 500 artefacts on display and also the Ultimate Living History experience.

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