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Post Mon Feb 18, 2013 12:48 pm

15-tonne sign arrives at the Titanic Signature Building

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Believed to be the largest sign ever made in Northern Ireland, the lazer-cut sign is made from eight, 30mm thick, solid steel plates and is 4.5m tall and 15m long – the same length as the private promenades available on the Titanic’s most expensive accommodation, the First Class Parlour Suites. The Parlous Suite on the port side, consisting on rooms B52, B54 and B56, was occupied by Bruce Ismay, Chairman of the White Star Line, which owned Titanic. The sign is also the same weight as the ship’s main anchor.

Made by BSK Engineering, based near Cookstown, the sign made a 50 mile, four-county journey to Belfast along the M1. Several roads had to be closed in Dungannon to accommodate the over-sized structure, which was transported as a complete piece. Titanic Belfast’s CEO, Tim Husbands, said: “In less than eight weeks Titanic Belfast will open its doors to the world. The effect which has gone into making Titanic Belfast not only an impressive physical spectacle, but also an amazing experience inside, has been simply immense.

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“Everything about this project, from the Titanic sign to the 3,000 shards which make up the building’s exterior, to its use of breath-taking technology to bring Titanic’s story alive, has been designed to give Northern Ireland an attention grabbing, international attraction. Even the plaza on which the sign sits includes one of the world’s largest outdoor maps of the northern hemisphere tracing Titanic’s route across the Atlantic,” he said. The interest in the project has been phenomenal, with pre-booked ticket sales currently standing at over 50,000, including 1,000 group tours. Spaces are rapidly running out for the open day and other key dates during the upcoming Titanic 100 Festival in April.

Barry Kerr, BSK Director, oversaw the construction of the sign. He said: “BSK Engineering has supplied several items of steel work to Titanic Belfast ranging from railings to pavillions. Given the unique nature of the building and its contents, there’s been nothing run-of-the-mill about any of the jobs we’ve completed – not least the sign.”

“It’s taken a team of up to six workers the best part of two weeks to put the sign together, but the result has been worth it – a Titanic sign for a Titanic project. Everyone at the firm has been proud to be involved with such a prestigious project. We’re looking forward to joining the tourists to get our pictures taken outside Titanic Belfast beside our handiwork!”

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During its trip to Belfast, the Titanic sign made a scheduled stop at Sacred Heart Primary School, near BSK’s premises. Principal Eunan McGinn said: “The school has strong community relations and we are always eager to enhance the curriculum and incorporate learning outside the classroom, so when we heard that our neighbours at BSK were working on the Titanic sign we asked them to stop by.”

“Titanic is currently a thematic unit taught to enhance pupils’ understanding of the world around us. The children were amazed at the sheer scale of the sign – they’re definitely enthused about all things Titanic now.”

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Post Mon Feb 18, 2013 1:18 pm

I don't want to seem negative but the kenning could be better...


kerning even...


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Post Mon Feb 18, 2013 1:25 pm

Liam Bryant wrote:I don't want to seem negative but the kenning could be better...

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....and the steering :D
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Post Mon Feb 18, 2013 1:27 pm

Liam Bryant wrote:I don't want to seem negative but the kenning could be better...

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I have to agree :o What's a T1T ANIC

I'd send that back to be made again
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Post Mon Feb 18, 2013 4:24 pm

Somebody posted this on another site...doesn't look as bad in the ground but still not right.
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Post Mon Feb 18, 2013 4:36 pm

Better Harry....

But still a T1T ANIC to me :(
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Post Mon Feb 18, 2013 7:46 pm

If the V was turned the right way up the kerning would be about right, bet they have just typed it out then inverted the V.
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Post Mon Feb 18, 2013 11:07 pm

Sorry but that's bad!
Surely someone should have seen that before it was to late.

Bit like the Iceburg you might say!!!!!
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Post Tue Feb 19, 2013 12:01 am

Such pride in a the world's most famous disaster.

"You know WE built the TITANIC"...

You don't hear the builders of many other doomed-by-design structures with a high death toll remark that with such fervour!
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Post Tue Feb 19, 2013 12:46 am

DavidRogers wrote:Such pride in a the world's most famous disaster.

"You know WE built the TITANIC"...

You don't hear the builders of many other doomed-by-design structures with a high death toll remark that with such fervour!


You Mean T1T ANIC
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Post Tue Feb 19, 2013 1:12 am

DavidRogers wrote:Such pride in a the world's most famous disaster.

"You know WE built the TITANIC"...

You don't hear the builders of many other doomed-by-design structures with a high death toll remark that with such fervour!


It where the iceberg wot done it! :D
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Post Tue Feb 19, 2013 9:15 am

Here's the designer saying "If I stand here do you think they won't notice the kerning?"
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Post Tue Feb 19, 2013 9:23 am

Monumental (oh i swore !) up as it is okay on promotional literature. Most people won't notice it though. :o
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Post Tue Feb 19, 2013 11:49 am

Its already rusting.

Don't you Poms prime anything :P
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Post Tue Feb 19, 2013 2:28 pm

I couldn't bear it anymore..I've adjusted kerning and taken a chunk off which should weigh in for a few quid down the local scrap yard...everyones happy :D
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Post Wed Feb 20, 2013 2:30 pm

that looks a lot better martin. good job.
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Post Wed Feb 20, 2013 3:00 pm

I'll say. Martin fixed the T!T ANIC!
Too bad you weren't around 100 years ago.
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Post Wed Feb 20, 2013 3:13 pm

:D :D Stealing that Martin!
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Post Wed Feb 20, 2013 3:19 pm

lol.it wasn't easy, 1 cup of coffee and 2 digestives and all was sorted.

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