The Docks of London - The London Docks
Incredible wealth of the Ivory Floor - One of the wealthiest corners in the London Docks. A view of the "Ivory Floor" where elephant tusks, boar tusks, narwhale horns, rhinocerous horns and sometimes mammoth tusks are ranged in incredible profusion. It is said than many, perhaps most of the tusks of elephants displayed are not of freshly killed beasts, but are old treasures of Chiefs, reluctantly surrendered, stored maybe, for centuries in remote African Villages. The picture shows men moving some of the large tusks on specially constructed trolleys.
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British Politics - The Ulster Volunteers - 1913
'Volunteers prepare for action at a meeting in Larne'. Protestant Ulstermen, armed with Boer War-era British Army equipment, pose for camera. The Volunteers were set up to resist Home Rule for Ireland, by force, if necessary. Other Volunteers can be seen drilling, background.
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The Great Liners - Titanic
A photograph c1912 of the "unsinkable" four-funnelled ship the RMS Titanic. Part of the White Star Line, Titanic sank off Newfoundland on her maiden voyage to the USA after striking an iceberg (14-15/4/1912). 1513 people lost their lives. *02/04/02The SS Titanic. The City of Belfast will pay tribute to the man who designed its most famous ship, the Titanic, Tuesday April 02, 2002. Lord Mayor Jim Rodgers will unveil a plaque at the former home of Thomas Andrews, 90 years to the day that the ship left Belfast for Southampton to begin its ill-fated maiden voyage. Commissioned by the Ulster History Circle, the plaque will be unveiled at the house now occupied by the Irish Football Association at Windsor Avenue in south Belfast. A series of events have been taking place in Belfast as part of a festival to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the launch of the Titanic. 02/12/03: A manuscript which describes the final hours of the Titanic by the most senior officer to survive the sinking was today, being auctioned at Sotheby's New Bond Street sale rooms in London. The 17-page unpublished document by Charles Lightoller, the vessel's Second Officer, was going under the hammer with other memorabilia relating to the famous ship.