Never-seen-before photographs showing the launch of the ill-fated Titanic from a shipyard in Belfast have been discovered in an old box in a cupboard 103 years later. The five black-and-white images show the world’s biggest vessel sliding down a slipway and into the water for the first time in front of a massive crowd of 100,000 spectators.

The snaps were taken at 12.15pm on May 31, 1911, by a Belfast businessman who was given close access to the doomed liner inside the Harland and Wolff shipyard.

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