Titanic Series No9. Titanic Memorial

Chris Cardwell

Dundonald, United Kingdom

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The Titanic Memorial is now 91 years old and is starting to show signs of wear and tear. In the lead-up to the centenary, Belfast City Council has decided to create a memorial garden around the sculpture and to make some improvements to the structure itself.

The sculpture by Sir Thomas Brock depicts the goddess of death, variously called Thane or Fortuna, receiving the body of a seaman from two mermaids. He is being given a crown of olive leaves to welcome him into the afterlife. The theme was obviously meant to tie in with the derivation of the names of White Star’s liners, Olympic and Titanic.

It was first unveiled in 1920 in the middle of the roadway in front of City Hall. Film footage exists of a Lord Mayor’s parade from the 1950s in which the floats and participants are seen dodging around the memorial on its traffic island. In 1959 it was decided that the Titanic Memorial was becoming a hazard to the increasing volume of traffic in Donegall Square and a decision was taken to move the structure into the grounds of the City Hall. It was a process which took around six months and during which pieces of the two water fountains were lost, never to be retrieved.

This particular image was taken by myself one grey overcast Sunday morning while walking around Belfast. The memorial garden which is currently being constructed around the statue meant I could not get close, or get a full shot, so instead I took the shot from a closer perspective and included part of the City Hall in the background. The sky was added in Adobe photoshop to add a sense of drama and emotion to the image.

Taken with my Nikon DSLR D3100 and edited in Adobe Photoshop CS5 and photomatix.

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Exposure: 1/80sec
f-stop: f/8
ISO: 200
Lens: Nikor 18-55mm VR Lens.

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