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Titanic: 99th Anniversary

April 15, 2011 by Post Team 

Titanic, Bangor filmmaker who made the original film about the Titanic has been honored in the 99 anniversary of the sinking of the liner. The film of the late William MacQuitty ‘A Night to Remember “was hailed as” the best film ever made “on the Titanic.

His widow, Betty, sons and friends gathered outside his childhood home in Bangor on the morning of Friday, when a plaque was unveiled by the Ulster Historical Society.

Mr. MacQuitty was also a celebrated writer and photographer, and one of the founders of the Ulster Television.

MacQuitty Betty, his widow said her husband to Northern Ireland is essential for life and creative work.

“I think his curiosity from the outset wanted to see the world -. That was his ambition was a very curious person.”

Friday’s ceremony was a wreath was laid at the Titanic Memorial in the grounds of Belfast City Hall.

Twenty-eight men from Belfast were among the 1,500 people who died when the Titanic sank on April 15, 1912.

The mayor of Belfast, Pat Convery, and John Andrews, president of the Belfast Titanic Society, attended the service and observed a moment of silence.

When the ship of the White Star Line, which was built in Harland and Wolff shipyard, left Belfast nine of the top engineers in the shipyard were on board. His duty was to address problems that may have arisen in the Titanic’s maiden voyage to New York.

These men of the Harland and Wolff Assurance group, led by the ship designer Thomas Andrews, also perished when the ship sank after hitting an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean.

Six other men were among those remembered – their names are not remembered, as their identities were not known when it was designed.

The monument was inaugurated in June 1920 and represents the female figure of Thane looking down on two sea nymphs rising from the waves, with the body of a drowned sailor in her arms.

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