From 1907 to 1973, when it was sold to Vosper Thornycroft, the famous Belfast shipbuilding company Harland and Wolff operated a ship repair yard in the eastern docks. Harland Crescent and Pirrie Close in Shirley were built in 1933 on what had once been their sports ground. Harland Crescent was named after Edward James Harland, founder of the firm, Pirrie Close was named after William James Pirrie, chairman of the company. It was during Pirrie’s chairmanship that the Harland and Wolff built the superliners Olympic and Titanic.
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