The RMS Titanic Photo by: Google Images

Irishman sent a message in a bottle as the Titanic sunk


The RMS Titanic Photo by: Google Images

The chilling last words of 19-year-old Jeremiah Burke from Glanmire, Co. Cork, were slipped into a bottle not read until a year after his death on the Titanic. Now, the emotional artifact is on display at Cobh Heritage Centre.

Using the bottle of holy water that his mother gave to him when she saw him off in Cobh, Burke used one of his very own shoelaces to tie it up and threw the letter overboard.

The letter simply reads: "From Titanic, goodbye all, Burke of Glanmire, Cork.”

Miraculously, the bottle made its way to shore only a few miles from his family's house, according to the Belfast Telegraph. It was kept within the family until now, when his niece decided to donate it.

Speaking of how the loss affected her family, Mary Woods explained that, "Jeremiah's mother was at a removal several days later when a person came up to her and said 'I'm sorry for your loss.' It was only then that she found out what had happened. She died of a broken heart within the year.”

Jeremiah was just one of the 1,521 other passengers that died on April 15, 1912. The ship struck the iceberg at about 11:40 pm on April 14th, and sank around 2:20 am the following morning.



New photos reveal scenes of the Titanic survivors after the great Belfast ship sank

Film crews for miniseries ‘Titanic - Blood and Steel’ take to the streets of Dublin

New Titanic 3D images show Captain Smith’s bathtub


Log in with your social accounts:

Or, log in with your IrishCentral account:

Forgot your password ?

Don't have an account yet? Register now !

Join IrishCentral with your social accounts:

Already have an account ?

For Newsletter Subscribers – Draw for 1 Prize on December 31st.

Prize: Your Piece of Ireland – a Square of Land in the heart of the Glens of Antrim, Ireland

More details here (or you can buy a little piece of Ireland directly): http://bit.ly/1zew9ox

Terms & Conditions

Or, sign up for an IrishCentral account below:

By clicking above you are indicating that you have read & agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy.

Make sure we gathered the correct information from you

By clicking above you are indicating that you have read & agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy.

You already have an account on IrishCentral! Please confirm you're the owner.

Our new policy requires our users to save a first and last name. Please update your account: