For Southampton This Morning.
The new White Star liner Titanic, largest vessel in the world, has now been completed by her builders, Messrs. Harland & Wolff. Ltd., and at eleven o'clock this morning she will leave Belfast for Southampton, in readiness to take her place in the Atlantic service.
By special invitation, a number of guests—including several who had come Belfast to attend the trial cruise of the Belfast Steamship Company's new steamer Patriotic on the 28th ult. had an opportunity of inspecting the liner on Saturday last, and naturally this privilege was highly appreciated.
The visitors were afforded every possible facility in their tour through the huge vessel, and, needless to say, they were deeply impressed by the immense size of the Titanic, which certainly justifies her name, as well as the excellence of the accommodation for all classes of passengers.
In the first-class apartments, the decorations and equipment are on scale of unprecedented magnificence, and it is difficult to realise when standing in some of the spacious saloons and staterooms that one really is on board a ship and not in a large modern hotel.
Special interest was manifested in the suite rooms for millionaires and other wealthy passengers, who desire to cross the ocean under the most luxurious conditions. There are an unusually large number of these rooms, and they are decorated in different styles and periods.
The Titanic will maintain the reputation of Belfast in regard to shipbuilding, and the citizens generally will follow her career with sympathetic interest and best good wishes.
It is satisfactory to know that, notwithstanding the prevailing unrest in the labour world, work at the Queen’s Island is being carried as briskly as ever. There are no fewer than 15.000 men employed there at the present time, and we understand that the wages bill for the week ending Friday last reached total of £28,000 which constitutes a record for the firm. It is interesting know that the cheque on this occasion bore the signature of Lord Pirrie, K.P. for first time since his serious illness.