Harland and Wolff Shipyard, Queen’s Road, Belfast, Co. Down

The famous Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast is known for its iconic cranes Samson and Goliath. During World War Two it was a vital shipbuilding firm.

Harland and Wolff

Queen's Road


Co. Down

United Kingdom

Harland and Wolff Shipyard in Belfast, Co. Antrim was one of the largest shipbuilding yards in the world. There, Belfast yardmen built White Star Line ships like RMS Olympic and the infamous RMS Titanic.

For the Royal Navy, they constructed aircraft carriers such as HMS Formidable and HMS Unicorn. They also built around 130 other vessels including the cruiser HMS Belfast. During World War Two, around 35,000 people worked in the Harland and Wolff yard.

Harland and Wolff in the Belfast Blitz

Luftwaffe bombs fell on the Harland and Wolff Shipyard during the Belfast Blitz. The incendiary and high-explosive devices caused severe damage on 7th-8th April 1941 during The Docks Raid.

Harland and Wolff, Belfast, Co. Antrim

Belfast Telegraph Photo AR 103: Scenes of destruction at the famous Harland and Wolff Shipyard, Belfast, Co. Antrim after the Belfast Blitz raids of April and May 1941.




Co. Down

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