During the 1900’s British shipbuilders were dominating the industry. More specifically, Harland and Wolff shipyard was the leading shipbuilder during this time. The industry assisted in the growth of Belfast’s booming economy during the 20th Century.

The reconstruction of Harland and Wolff’s shipyard accommodated the building of Olympic and Titanic. Along with the actual assembly of these ships, this helped Harland and Wolff employ over 15,000 workers, 3,000 of which worked on Titanic. Workers lined up early in the morning to secure work for the day at Harland and Wolff.

Men in the shipyard worked long days under very strict rules and regulations such as only being allowed approximately 7 minutes for the entire day to use the restroom. Many shipyard workers lived in 4 bedroom terrace houses that were lit by candlelight and heated by coal fires. Larger families often occupied these homes.