Harland & Wolff Collection

Harland & Wolff Collection

The Harland & Wolff Collection comprises c75,000 negatives recording the development of the firm from the mid-1890s to the present day, with some earlier exceptions.

It includes hundreds of images produced by R.J.Welch who was the firm's official photographer from c1894-1920.

The collection records in detail all stages of the shipbuilding process, including documentation of the building of such famous vessels as the Oceanic, the Titanic, HMS Belfast, HMS Eagle and the Canberra, as well as portraying shipyard buildings and plant, and working life and people in its many departments and shops. 

Prints of the R.J. Welch Harland & Wolff collection can be purchased, both framed and unframed, from our partners, Art UK.

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Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph, Harland and Wolff glass plate negative. subject : Shell plating starboard propeller shaft and bossing. Ship No: 317. Name: Oceanic. Type: ...

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Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph, Harland and Wolff glass plate negative. subject : Port near profile of completed ship in Belfast Lough. Ship No: 367. Name: Aragon. Type: ...

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Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph, Harland and Wolff glass plate negative. subject : Internal view between inner and outer skins. Ship No: 433. Name: Britannic. Type: Passen...

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Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph, Harland and Wolff glass plate negative. subject : Third class dining saloon. Ship No: 367. Name: Aragon. Type: Passenger Ship. Tonnage: 94...

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Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph, Harland and Wolff glass plate negative. subject :Sequence of views of ship in Alexandra Graving Dock, showing operation to lengthen hull b...

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Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph, Harland and Wolff glass plate negative. subject : Beginning erection of deckhouse on upper deck, view forward. Ship No: 317. Name: Oceanic...

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Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph, Harland and Wolff glass plate negative. subject : General view, shell plating portside hull aft of midships. Ship No: 317. Name: Oceanic. ...

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Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph, Harland and Wolff glass plate negative. subject : Door and entrance to first class library, from inside. Ship No: 317. Name: Oceanic. Type...

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Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph, Harland and Wolff glass plate negative. subject : Starboard stern view on No. 6 slip, South Yard prior to launch. Ship No: 382. Name: Avon...

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Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph, Harland and Wolff glass plate negative. subject : Laying deck planking forward. Good view of gantry crane, view aft. Ship No: 317. Name: O...

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Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph, Harland and Wolff glass plate negative. subject : HMS HAWKE collision damage-middle hole looking forward, with figure. Ship No: 400. Name:...

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Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph, Harland and Wolff glass plate negative. subject : Views from dockside, showing arrangement of supporting timber shores....

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Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph, Harland and Wolff glass plate negative. subject : Reconstruction of North Yard slips 2&3 and erection of Arrol gantry for building OLYMPIC...

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Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph, Harland and Wolff glass plate negative. subject : First class staircase and landing. Ship No: 326. Name: Saxon. Type: Passenger Ship. Tonn...

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Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph, Harland and Wolff glass plate negative. subject : View from tank top to frames erected forward of midships. Ship No: 317. Name: Oceanic. T...

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Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph, Harland and Wolff glass plate negative. subject : Port profile while outfitting at Alexandra Wharf. Ship No: 317. Name: Oceanic. Type: Pas...

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Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph, Harland and Wolff glass plate negative. subject : Sitting room of first class parlour suite, Regency style. Ship No: 400. Name: Olympic. T...

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Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph, Harland and Wolff glass plate negative. subject : Sequence showing erection and testing of 200 ton floating crane....

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Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph, Harland and Wolff glass plate negative. subject : Port stern view alongside outfitting wharf, with after funnel in position. Ship No: 317....

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Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph, Harland and Wolff glass plate negative. subject : Condensers and other propelling machinery components in Engine works prior to assembly.....

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Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph, Harland and Wolff glass plate negative. subject : Views of damaged underside hull and supporting shores, from dock floor....

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Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph, Harland and Wolff glass plate negative. subject : First class gymnasium. Ship No: 400. Name: Olympic. Type: Passenger Ship. Tonnage: 45324...

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Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph, Harland and Wolff glass plate negative. subject : Two views of main offices, Queen's Road....

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Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph, Harland and Wolff glass plate negative. subject : Port stern view on old No. 9 slip, renumbered 4, North Yard prior to launch. Ship No: 31...

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Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph, Harland and Wolff glass plate negative. subject :Exterior views of newly completed Southampton Works and offices....

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Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph, Harland and Wolff glass plate negative. subject : Second class smoke room with seated posed figures drinking. Ship No: 390. Name: Rotterda...

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Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph, Harland and Wolff glass plate negative. subject : Laying main deck plates, with posed workers. Ship No: 358. Name: Adriatic. Type: Passeng...

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Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph, Harland and Wolff glass plate negative. subject : Reconstruction of North Yard slips 2&3 and erection of Arrol gantry for building OLYMPIC...

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Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph, Harland and Wolff glass plate negative. subject : Sitting room of first class parlour suite, Louis XIV style (R Sloan suite).. Ship No: 40...

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Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph, Harland and Wolff glass plate negative. subject :Engine room with double bottom in course of replacement....

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Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph, Harland and Wolff glass plate negative. subject : Port bow view fully framed. Ship No: 400. Name: Olympic. Type: Passenger Ship. Tonnage: ...

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Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph, Harland and Wolff glass plate negative. subject : First class cabins with single and double beds. Ship No: 326. Name: Saxon. Type: Passeng...

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Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph, Harland and Wolff glass plate negative. subject : Starboard bow view on No. 1 slip, North Yard, prior to launch. Ship No: 424 Name: Patrio...

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Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph, Harland and Wolff glass plate negative. subject : Port bow near profile on slip prior to launch. Ship No: 357. Name: Amerika. Type: Passen...

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Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph, Harland and Wolff glass plate negative. subject : First class smoke room. Ship No: 342. Name: Walmer Castle (Celt). Type: Passenger Ship. ...

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Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph, Harland and Wolff glass plate negative. subject : Full length port view. Ship No: 433. Name: Britannic. Type: Passenger Ship. Tonnage: 481...

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Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph, Harland and Wolff glass plate negative. subject : Crankshaft and other propelling machinery components in Engine Works prior to assembly. ...

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Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph, Harland and Wolff glass plate negative. subject : Starboard profile of builder's model, without case. Ship No: 412. Name: Themistocles. Ty...

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Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph, Harland and Wolff glass plate negative. subject : Reconstruction of North Yard slips 2&3 and erection of Arrol gantry for building OLYMPIC...

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Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph, Harland and Wolff glass plate negative. subject : Second class smoke room. Ship No: 410. Name: Edinburgh Castle. Type: Passenger Ship. Ton...

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Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph, Harland and Wolff glass plate negative. subject : First class hairdressing salon. Ship No: 390. Name: Rotterdam. Type: Passenger Ship. Ton...

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Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph, Harland and Wolff glass plate negative. subject : First class drawing room, including fireplace and grand piano. Ship No: 366. Name: Nieuw...

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Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph, Harland and Wolff glass plate negative. subject : Office display of five half models of unidentified White Star cargo liners....

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Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph, Harland and Wolff glass plate negative. subject : Library and writing room, plate damaged. Ship No: 360. Name: HMS Enchantress. Type: Stea...

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Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph, Harland and Wolff glass plate negative. subject : First class dining saloon. Ship No: 352. Name: Baltic. Type: Passenger Ship. Tonnage: 23...

Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph, Harland and Wolff glass plate negative. subject : Sequence showing damaged bottom at bow section and means of providing support. Ship No: ...

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Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph, Harland and Wolff glass plate negative. subject : HMS HAWKE collision damage-upper hole, wood covering removed. Ship No: 400. Name: Olympi...

Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph, Harland and Wolff glass plate negative. subject : Starboard profile of completed ship at outfitting jetty in Abercorn Basin. Ship No: 429 ...

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Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph, Harland and Wolff glass plate negative. subject : Condensers on trucks leaving engine works. Ship No: 433. Name: Britannic. Type: Passenge...

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Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph, Harland and Wolff glass plate negative. subject : Starboard profile of cased builder's model. Ship No: 357. Name: Amerika. Type: Passenger...

Reconstruction of North Yard No. 8 slip, renumbered 2, for building OCEANIC, ship no. 317.

Reconstruction of North Yard No. 8 slip, renumbered 2, for building OCEANIC, ship no. 317.

Photograph, Harland and Wolff glass plate negative. subject : Reconstruction of North Yard No. 8 slip, renumbered 2, for building OCEANIC. Ship No: 31...

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Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph, Harland and Wolff glass plate negative. subject : First class 'bibby' cabin. Ship No: 367. Name: Aragon. Type: Passenger Ship. Tonnage: 94...

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Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph, Harland and Wolff glass plate negative. subject : Old and new sections of foundry, with moulds, castings and foundrymen....

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Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph, Harland and Wolff glass plate negative. subject :Generating station electrical workshop, interior....

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Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph, Harland and Wolff glass plate negative. subject : First class oak panelled state room. Ship No: 382. Name: Avon. Type: Passenger Ship. Ton...

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Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph, Harland and Wolff glass plate negative. subject : Three views of builder's half model OLYMPIC/TITANIC, different to above. Ship No: 400. N...

Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph, Harland and Wolff glass plate negative. subject : Starboard bow 3/4 profile on No. 2 slip, North Yard, prior to launch. Ship No: 352. Name...

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Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph, Harland and Wolff glass plate negative. subject : Hydraulic riveting of centre plate, including riveters and portable furnace. Ship No: 40...

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Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph, Harland and Wolff glass plate negative. subject : Propeller and underside hull, port view forward from dock floor. Ship No: 299. Name: Chi...

CELTIC ON THE WAYS, READY FOR LAUNCH

CELTIC ON THE WAYS, READY FOR LAUNCH

Photograph, Harland and Wolff glass plate negative. subject : Port stern view on slip prior to launch. Ship No: 335. Name: Celtic. Type: Passenger Shi...

Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph, Harland and Wolff glass plate negative. subject : Launch; starboard stern view entering water. Ship No: 347. Name: Galeka. Type: Passenger...

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Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph, Harland and Wolff glass plate negative. subject :Bow cradle. Ship No: 433. Name: Britannic. Type: Passenger Ship. Tonnage: 48158. Launch: ...

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Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph, Harland and Wolff glass plate negative. subject : View aft from port bridge wing, showing funnel, masts and lifeboats, at sea. Ship No: 30...

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Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph, Harland and Wolff glass plate negative. subject :Rigging shed interior...

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Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph, Harland and Wolff glass plate negative. subject : First class four and two berth cabins, including one with private bathroom (H1291). Ship...

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Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph, Harland and Wolff glass plate negative. subject : Sequence showing erection and testing of 200 ton floating crane....

Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph, Harland and Wolff glass plate negative. subject : Laying main and upper deck plates. Ship No: 358. Name: Adriatic. Type: Passenger Ship. T...

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Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph, Harland and Wolff glass plate negative. subject : Port bow profile on No. 7 slip North Yard prior to launch. Ship No: 293. Name: Georgic. ...

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Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph, Harland and Wolff glass plate negative. subject : Port stern 3/4 profile of completed ship as above. Ship No: 385. Name: Iroquois. Type: O...

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Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph, Harland and Wolff glass plate negative. subject : View forward along port hull from side of graving dock showing arrangement of timber sho...

Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph, Harland and Wolff glass plate negative. subject : Sequence showing erection and testing of 200 ton floating crane....

Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph, Harland and Wolff glass plate negative. subject : First class library and writing room, with dome and fireplace. Ship No: 390. Name: Rotte...

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Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph, Harland and Wolff glass plate negative. subject : One set of whistles before installation. Ship No: 400. Name: Olympic. Type: Passenger Sh...

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Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph, Harland and Wolff glass plate negative. subject : The Children's saloon or nursery, first class. Ship No: 367. Name: Aragon. Type: Passeng...

Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph; glass plate negative

Photograph, Harland and Wolff glass plate negative. subject : First class dining saloon staircase. Ship No: 367. Name: Aragon. Type: Passenger Ship. T...

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