The Titanic Memorial, Cobh
Well, I arrived in Cobh wanting to see things about the Titanic. On April 11th 1912 the luxury liner weighed anchor for the last time at Cobh to pick up Irish emigrants heading for New York. Many of them never made it, mainly the men, and the poorer passengers trapped below decks. A priest and his family were the only first class passengers to board at Cobh.
I walked up and down the main street three times before finally spotting the Titanic memorial beneath a tree! It is dwarfed by the memorial to the Lusitania, which is 10m to the west. So expect to find a simple lump of rock on the street corner.
There are references to the Titanic all over Cobh but you have to be eagle-eyed to find them. For example there is a 'Titanic Trail' of information plaques. And an alcove in the Heritage Centre. And an exhibition of photogrpahs at the nearby Arts Centre when I visited.
Though the sinking of the Lusitania evokes more memories in the history of Cobh, the sinking of the Titanic is also associated with this harbour town. Cobh (then Queenstown) was the last port of call for the infamous ocean liner on April 11th 1912. From the 123 people who embarked in Cobh (almost all of them third calss passengers) only 44 survived.
Its proximity to the bigger Lusitania memorial may dwarf it, however it attracts more tourists that the mentioned monument. The monument was unveiled by Millvina Dean in 2000. Dean was the youngest passenger on the Titanic and the last living survivor until she died in 2009.
This is a memorial to the Irish emmigrant victims of the Titanic . Cobh was the last stop of this ship before its tragic sinking in 1912.