It'll soon be 100 years since that fateful night on April 14, 1912 when the Titanic struck an iceberg and sank with 1,517 still on board - one of the deadliest maritime disasters in history.
In a report in the Irish Examiner this week, an original account of the ship arriving in Cork harbor in 1912 was reprinted: "As one saw her steaming slowly, a majestic monster floating it seemed irresistibly into the harbour, a strange sense of might and power pervaded the scene. She embodies the latest triumphs in mercantile engineering." Shortly before noon on April 11, 1912, the Titanic arrived at Cobh (or Queenstown as it was then known) where seven people disembarked and 123 boarded on their ill-fated journey to the new world.
Two hours later the ship was on her way with Queenstown in Ireland her final port of call.
Just three-and-a-half days later a tragedy of epic proportions, with the power to captivate the imagination even after one hundred years, unfolded. That shiver you feel when you contemplate what happened means that the Titanic's hold of our imaginations has never relented.
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Now the Titanic's unforgettable voyage will form the inspiration for a series of events to be held in Cobh this year to commemorate both the engineering triumph — and the natural disaster that sank it — of the Titanic. Among the exciting events planned will be a special Saint Patrick’s Day Parade with marchers adorned in the style of 1912.
A vivid exhibition setting the scene entitled Titanic, Reflections and Reactions, Queenstown 1912 will open in March in the Cobh Museum and will then run for the rest of the year.
But naturally the main events will take place in April, beginning with the visit of the impressive Cruise Liner Balmoral. The ship will take passengers on a 12-night memorial cruise from Southampton from April 8 which will follow the Titanic’s original itinerary, passing by Cherbourg on the French coast before calling into Cobh.
A series of outdoor concerts are also scheduled to take place from April 11 to 14, telling the story of the Titanic’s unbreakable connection with Ireland, north and south. For more information visit www.titanic100.ie
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