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Caption for Belfast, Canal Wharf And Queen's Bridge 1897: The wharf tells of another watery enterprise. The River Lagan flows within a few miles of the huge Lough Neagh, which is bordered by four Ulster counties; a lot of work was done to make the river able to take barges, with a link to the lough. It was never very profitable, but it carried a considerable amount of traffic until well after this photograph was taken. Most of the traffic was coal, which was loaded in the harbour beyond the bridge and taken to the linen mills along the river, but there was also a steady flow of sand downstream to this wharf. The barges made the first part of their journey upstream with the aid of steam tugs; here we see a tug returning to the coal quays - its funnel would be lowered to miss the arches. The long 21-arch bridge built across the Lagan in the 17th century served for a very long time; it was Victorian Belfast which built this five-arch Queen's Bridge. It had to be widened not very long before the photograph was taken, and the massive brackets that carry the pavements can be seen.

An extract from Belfast Photographic Memories.

Memories of Belfast

Does anyone remember or know someone that might remember the McKinnell family who lived on Bourton Street in the mid 1950's. The property they lived at may have been a Blacksmith's I think. I am producing an extended family tree and would like to put a little history to the families I research. (...Read full memory)

i lived at the top of sandy row in the 1950s and used to go up to the institute to roller skate from there as the building was on a slight incline. This was a beautiful old building I can't remember when it was demolished and replaced by the queens one but today it probably would be a listed building. A pity so many of these have (...Read full memory)

My cousin and I lived at the top of the Oldpark Road, near Ballysillan, in the mid-1950's and every Saturday morning during our tenth and eleventh years, we would catch the bus into town, walk around the City Hall and down to swim at the Ormeau Baths. After we had our permitted 30 minutes, we would walk back to a cafe (...Read full memory)

I was lucky in that I lived in an area that was not often touched by the violence that was going on in Northern Ireland at the time, but a telephone conversation with my mum in recent days brought back memories of life in Belfast when 'the troubles' were in full swing. She had just heard the news of the recent (...Read full memory)

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