31st May 1911 was one of the biggest days in history for Belfast Shipbuilding.
Shortly after midday, watched by thousands, RMS Titanic slid from her slipway where she had evolved over the previous three
years, into the water
Over seeing the proceedings was Lord Pirrie and J Bruce Ismay, who shortly afterwards boarded SS Nomadic and were ferried
through the calming waters to the waiting RMS Olympic.
With her passengers boarded on RMS Olympic bound for Liverpool, SS Nomadic and her sister tender SS Traffic
began their four day journey to Cherbourg.
The next and final time SS Nomadic stood in the shadow of her big Sister RMS Titanic
To commemorate the 96th anniversary of this historic launch day and the departing of RMS Olympic, SS Nomadic and Traffic
from Belfast, a limited edition First Day Cover has been issued by Titanic Heritage Trust.
Each of the 500 envelopes are post marked Belfast May 31st 2008 and have an issue number of authentication.
Images courtesy of celebrated Belfast artist Jim McDonald
220 x 110 mm-90 GSM white self seal envelope
£11.99 inc. Post & Packing