The 2013 Belfast Titanic Maritime Festival was launched today at the Queen’s Quay by the Lord Mayor of Belfast Alderman Gavin Robinson, Michelle McKenna from the Northern Ireland Tourist Board; pirates’ Clar and Mark from Belfast City Council and little pirates Ryan and Leah Milliken from Antrim.
The Festival, organised by Belfast City Council and supported by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board and Belfast Harbour, will take place over the last May Bank Holiday weekend – Saturday 25 to Monday 27 May – at Queen’s Quay extending down to Titanic Belfast.
Among the ships sailing into Belfast for the first time will be the Gulden Leeuw, an impressive Dutch tall ship built in the 1930s with a rich history. Returning ships are the Pelican of London, a sail training ship built in 1948 which has served as an Arctic trawler and coastal trading vessel until 1995. There will also be a wide range of land-based activities celebrating the city’s unique maritime history at Queen’s Quay, the Arc, Nomadic Boulevard and Titanic Belfast.
For more information on the Festival, you can visit the council website at www.belfastcity.gov.uk/events