Robinson celebrates centenary of Thompson Graving Dock
First Minister Rt. Hon. Peter D. Robinson MLA has officially unveiled a plaque to mark the centenary of the Thompson Graving Dock in Titanic Quarter.
~ Tuesday, 6 September 2011
The dock, once the largest in the world, was opened by the Belfast Harbour Commissioners in 1911. Designed and built by civil engineers, the Dock is 880 feet in length, its huge size enabled the building and fitting of a new generation of White Star liners including the Olympic, Titanic and Britannic.
Speaking at the event Mr Robinson said: “The Thompson Graving Dock was a remarkable feat of engineering and stands today as a reminder of not only our world-renowned shipbuilding heritage but as a testament to the impressive skills of the civil engineers who designed and built this iconic dock.
“It is only fitting that the dock in its centenary year is now a protected historic monument. The important role that the Thompson Graving Dock has played in the history of shipbuilding and in the history of Belfast must not be understated or forgotten.”
Mr Robinson went on to acknowledge the key role civil engineering has played in the development of Northern Ireland: “Civil engineering plays a prominent and essential role in many aspects of our daily lives and the Dock is one example of our many outstanding local engineering achievements.”
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- The Thompson Graving Dock is located within the Northern Ireland Science Park.
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