You many think Belfast is famous for producing one thing, the Titanic. You would be wrong. Titanic may be the best known export but she was by no means the only innovative piece of engineering to leave these shores.
Looking at Belfast today, it is hard to believe that a hundred years ago it was the second city of the British Empire with a huge industrial core. Not only did Belfast have the biggest shipbuilders in the world but also the biggest rope works and linen industry. Air conditioning was invented here. Carbonated minerals were also a Belfast invention.
It was against this backdrop of entrepreneurial spirit from a city punching well above its weight that the Titanic came into existence.
From Titanic Stories