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The story of the Polly Woodside – from Belfast to Melbourne: going aboard after 132 years

by Familia Ulster Genealogical Review: No. 33, 2017


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by James Bartlett

The Titanic may be the most famous ship to come out of the Belfast shipyards, but across the world in Melbourne,

Australia, another vessel that sailed from Queen’s Island some 25 years earlier is still afloat, and still welcoming

thousands on board. The Polly Woodside was built in 1885 for William Woodside, a shipping entrepreneur from

Corporation Street, Belfast, who had a huge head start in the shipping industry when he was given three ships for

his twenty-first birthday.