Titanic sinking 99th anniversary remembered in Belfast

image captionThe Titanic under construction at Harland & Wolff shipyard in Belfast

The Titanic, her crew, and passengers will be remembered in Belfast later as a ceremony takes place on the 99th anniversary of the ship's sinking.

The RMS Titanic sank on 15 April 1912 after striking an iceberg.

The disaster claimed the lives of 1,517 people.

Lord Mayor of Belfast Pat Convery and John Andrews, president of the Belfast Titanic Society, will lay wreaths at the Titanic Memorial in the City Hall grounds at 1200 BST.

Following the wreath-laying, a minute's silence will be observed and prayers will be said.

When the ship left Belfast, nine men from Harland and Wolff, including the ship's designer, Thomas Andrews, were on board.

The men were accompanying the ship on her maiden voyage to address any problems which may have arisen on the journey to New York.

Nineteen other Belfast men, most of whom were part of the crew, will also be remembered at the ceremony.

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