I've visited this place twice and each time I have been completely overwhelmed by the sheer size of the place. As an electrical engineer I found the Pump House itself very interesting. All of the old machinery/control stations are still there (including a manually wound crane from the 1800s!). The view from the top of the vast hole that is the room of the Pump House down to the floor where the pumps are still held, is incredible.
Next you step out into the open where you basically look down into the dry dock where Titanic was fitted out. The first thing that strikes you is the sheer size of the place. Not just the depth, but the length. Its absolutely enormous and pictures just don't do it any justice. The original stairways the the Harland and Wolfe workers used are still there all be it they are blocked off. The original flood gate is still there but is no longer in use and a new gate has been installed to preserve the site.
Walking down into the dock itself is an experience in itself. You really get to understand the sheer size of what was here. The strange thing is you stand there thinking "This very famous and iconic ship once stood where I'm standing and better still it was Irish, it was ours". There is a small replica of a section of the hull which again shows the scale of the ship as it dwarfs a 6'1 man like myself.
Basically this place is all about showing people the sheer scale of the Titanic and how enormous it really was. It is also a great testament to those who built it as almost everything there was there in 1911. It also allows visitors a chance to get as close to the ship as they will probably will ever get.
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