Harland and Wolff 1861 - 1885

1861-1885, shipbuilder, Belfast, Irish; British

1854 - Edward James Harland moved to Belfast to become manager of Robert Hickson’s shipyard in Queen’s Island.

1858 - Hickson offered Harland his interest and goodwill in the shipyard for £5,000 and the company became Edward James Harland and Company.

1861 - Harland formed a business partnership with Gustav Wilhelm Wolff, creating Harland and Wolff.

1869 - exclusive business agreement with the White Star Line began.

1874 - Harland recruited William James Pirrie as another partner.

1880 - opened its own engine works. 1885 - due to a government proposal restricting trade, and the company's connections with Germany, it became Queen’s Island Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd.