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photoblog image Albion house and it's Titanic connection

Albion house and it's Titanic connection

Abion House, previously White Star House and also known as the Streaky Bacon Building, was commisioned by Bruce Ismay, head of the White Star shipping line. The architect was Richard Norman Shaw, who also designed New Scotland Yard in London.

Bruce Ismay travelled on the ill fated voyage of the RMS Titanic and his reputation was tarnished forever when it was learned that he had been rescued in a lifeboat otherwise filled with women and children.

When the news of the Titanic become known in April 1912 massive crowds gathered outside this building, and the clerks of the White Star Line, concerned for their own safety, wrote the names of the surviving passengers on pieces of paper and tossed them from the balconies into the crowd below.

The building suffered damage to the end gable in the second world war and was repaired using a slightly different colour of brick.

Albion house and it's Titanic connection

Abion House, previously White Star House and also known as the Streaky Bacon Building, was commisioned by Bruce Ismay, head of the White Star shipping line. The architect was Richard Norman Shaw, who also designed New Scotland Yard in London.

Bruce Ismay travelled on the ill fated voyage of the RMS Titanic and his reputation was tarnished forever when it was learned that he had been rescued in a lifeboat otherwise filled with women and children.

When the news of the Titanic become known in April 1912 massive crowds gathered outside this building, and the clerks of the White Star Line, concerned for their own safety, wrote the names of the surviving passengers on pieces of paper and tossed them from the balconies into the crowd below.

The building suffered damage to the end gable in the second world war and was repaired using a slightly different colour of brick.

comments (4)

Great perspective and information Les, nice one.
Les Auld: Appreaciate the comment, thanks.
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 26 Jun 2007, 15:46
Wow! That is some structure! The colors are amazing. And that story is also something else, Les.
Les Auld: Thanks Ginnie, it is a story that has always interested me.
Very unusual architecture. I wonder what they were smoking! And the history lesson is interesting as well.
Les Auld: Thanks Martin, not a unique piece of architecture though as New Scotland Yard looks virtually the same.
  • Ellie
  • 27 Jun 2007, 00:02
It's a magnificent building isn't it? And an interesting snippet too, about the Titanic, I can imagine how scared the workers must have been to have to tell the bad news.

There's a stripy building in Southampton, I'll have to try to take its picture some time soon, but not till it stops raining ... know any good Ark builders?
Les Auld: Thanks Ellie, arks built by the dozen in Cammell Lairds just over the water from here!

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