#HelloMaritimeMile Press Release :
Previously silent objects are waking up and looking for someone to chat to!
Date: 4 Feb 2019 – 17 Mar 2019
Time: Any time that takes your fancy between the above dates.
Venue: From Donegall Quay, Belfast to Queen’s Road, Belfast
Objects along the stretch known as Maritime Mile in Belfast are ‘waking up’, and anyone with a mobile phone can strike up a conversation and hear what they have to say!
Starting at the Big Fish at Donegall Quay, people will be able to interact by text with a range of well-known maritime landmarks, finishing at the HMS Caroline at Alexandra Dock. Key ‘objects’ include:
The Great Light
The project aims engage both visitors and residents of the city to learn more about the notable landmarks that are located along the scenic riverside stretch, as well as have some fun.
‘Hello Maritime Mile’ is a pilot ‘Smart Cities’ project between Belfast City Council, Titanic Foundation, Tourism NI, Ulster University and Hello Lamp Post. It will run for six weeks until St Patrick’s Day (17 March). See our St Patrick’s Day events.
How to play
1. Find an object
Look out for an object signposted with the yellow branding.
2. Say ‘Hello’
Send a text to 028 250 222 55 in this format:
“Hello” plus object name e.g. “Hello Big Fish”
3. You’ll soon get a reply!
Chat with the object to learn some fun facts and hear other peoples’ stories.
Please note, standard network rates apply and all messages are anonymous.
See the original article here : https://www.belfastcity.gov.uk/events/Event-101787.aspx
Information from DiscoverNorthernIReland Website : https://discovernorthernireland.com/things-to-do/activities/tours-and-itineraries/maritime-mile2/
The Hastag : #HelloMaritimeMile :
Make sure to use the hashtag #HelloMaritimeMile and upload you best snaps to Instagram and Twitter.
The Big Fish
If you’re visiting the Lagan Lookout, or admiring the Customs House, you’ll notice a big fish sculpture beside the Lagan. It was created by John Kindness, and the most interesting thing about this fish are its beautiful blue scales, which are made up of ceramic tiles describing different scenes from the city’s history.
RMS Titanic’s tender ship and the last remaining White Star Line vessel has been restored to her original glory. Walk the decks, explore the ship, and take journey through over 100 years of authentic maritime and social history.
Titanic Belfast is the world’s largest Titanic visitor experience and a must-see on any visit to Belfast and Northern Ireland.
Titanic Belfast, named the World’s Leading Tourist Attraction at the prestigious World Travel Awards in 2016, is located beside the Titanic Slipways, the Harland and Wolff Drawing Offices and Hamilton Graving Dock, the very place where Titanic was designed, built and launched in 1912.
The Great Light
The Great Light is one of the largest optics of its kind ever built in the world, and is around 130 years old. Weighing 10 tonnes and measuring 7 metres tall, the optic is a unique maritime heritage object with significance to Belfast’s economic, maritime and industrial past.
The Great Light project tells the story of lighthouses, their light-keepers and their role in the maritime and industrial history of Belfast and beyond, and The Great Light is part of the Great Lighthouses of Ireland network, promoting lighthouse tourism, north and south.
Walk the 500 metre Titanic Walkway on Victoria Wharf, which connects the Titanic Slipways to HMS Caroline and the Thompson Dock, to learn about the maritime and industrial heritage of the area.
If you have an interest in lighthouses you won’t want to miss this site : https://www.greatlighthouses.com – each and every location is simply spectacular.
Following a new walkway, make your way from Titanic Belfast to HMS Caroline, a unique survivor of The Battle of Jutland in World War One. Explore the impressively recreated cabins that have been restored as if the crew left the ship yesterday, listen in on the everyday sounds in the Captain’s and Senior Officers’ cabins and enjoy interactive exhibits throughout the ship.
There is a bit of fun between you and the points of interest and it is a nice walk too. It is accessible to everyone of any ability – being flat and well laid out, you don’t need a map nor directions. Just get to the Big Fish, say hello, follow the prompts and make your way step by step to HMS Caroline.
Well worth it.