We visited the Titanic Trail on Monday 23rd September 2013, I had been there before with my friend on Queen Mary. My Husband had not seen it and therefore on our tour around Southern Ireland we visited Cobh and the titanic Trail. Cobh harbour is the second largest Natural Harbour in the world, with Sydney Australia being the largest. Cobh is pronounced Cove. After the great Famine of 1846-1848 cobh became the country's main Emigration Port with people leaving Ireland for the new World, shipping to America developed, so too did Cobh's appeal for Liners, an appeal which lasts up to today.
In April 1912 Titanic arrived in the Harbour but could not get close enough to board passengers so little boats took people out to the Ship. We were able to see the old/ancient steps leading down to the little boats. I have to admit it sends me cold to see these steps. In 1849 Queen Victoria visited Cobh and to mark the occasion the Queen gave permission to call the town 'Queenstown' in her honour. 11th April 1912 Titanic's last port of call, picked up people who were emmigrating to America. The next night out in the cold Atlantic Titanic was heading for an ice burg, the captain tried to steer the ship away from the ice burg but it was too late. Titanic put out distress messages but the nearest ship was some 4-6 hours away. Some passengers were lucky and got into life crafts but most died either in the ship or in the icy cold water of the Atlantic. Eventually help came but not many were saved. The museum at Cobh, The Queenstoun Story is a must to see the history about the area and the lead up to people emmigrating. In Cobh Museum In this year of The Gathering 2013 we were invited to sign:
LEABHAR MOR na CRUINNE
(The Great Book of The Gathering)
This is a dedication to a family member or friend who may have left Ireland, too learn more go to www.cobhmuseum.com
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