Published Sunday, 13 October 2013
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Born in 1907, Mary Millar was four years old when she watched the ship with her mother in 1912.
One of the oldest people living in Northern Ireland, if not the oldest, she witnessed the sea trials of the Titanic sitting on her door step in Ballywhisken, Millisle.
The centenarian recalls asking her mother why only three of the funnels had smoke coming out of them.
"It was very exciting because it was unsinkable, people were interested in it," she said.
She said the fate of the ship's maiden voyage was "a terrible tragedy".
Mary was joined by friends and family at Titanic Belfast on Sunday to celebrate her 106th birthday, and she admitted she was excited to be in the museum which tells the story of the ship.
"I wasn't expecting all this, they didn't tell me. Wait 'til I get them home," she told UTV's Judith Hill.
Mary's husband James worked on the Harland and Wolff shipyard for 40 years, and she believes his father may have even been part of the Titanic building project.
Tim Husbands, chief executive of Titanic Belfast, feels it was fitting to celebrate her birthday.
"It was a great privilege, obviously, to share her personal birthday with her at 106 years old but to have somebody that's so closely associated with the Titanic, emphasises the authenticity of the site we have here," he said.
He said story-telling was an important part of putting together the Titanic project.
"To have somebody that remembers the sea trials that can talk about her experiences, it really helps to put the project in context," he explained.
"She's as sharp as a tack and her stories are very enticing, she was obviously very excited to see the Titanic during the sea trials and to be able to translate that into words at any age is a feat but at 106, it's a great testament to her."
|Mary Millar pictured as a child.|
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