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    Cobh: Titanic’s last port of call

    Queenstown (known as Cobh today) was Titanic’s last port of call before disaster struck, and the legendary ship has left an undeniable mark on this maritime town

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    For the 123 people that boarded at Cobh, the port was a gateway to the new world. The majority of those 123 were third-class passengers, travelling to the United States to begin new lives. The number included seven second class passengers, and only three first class. They came from all corners of Ireland to Cobh, a town with a maritime heritage stretching back hundreds of years.

    On that day, in the dawn of the 20th century, on 10 April at 1:30pm in 1912, a flurry of whistle-blowing indicated the tender ships PS Ireland and PS America had finished ferrying all the passengers to the RMS Titanic. Moments later, with its final pick-up of people and post aboard, Titanic continued on its maiden voyage and sailed unwittingly towards disaster.

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    Titanic Experience, Cobh, County Cork

    Titanic: A legacy

    The rest of the story, whether for TV, film or the written word, is well documented. The iceberg, the tragedies, heroes and villains of the Titanic story – ask almost anyone about Titanic, and they will fill you in on the timeline of the ill-fated Ship of Dreams.

    What is not so well known, is how the most notorious maritime tragedy of all time affected the places that Titanic left behind. Cobh is just one town that still feels Titanic’s legacy.

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    Titanic Experience, Cobh, County Cork

    The experience

    Today, Titanic and her passengers are remembered with reverence at places such as The Titanic Experience in Cobh. Here, in suitably respectful style the unanswered questions and the incredible coincidences of the Titanic story are brought into high relief on a guided tour.

    All of the exhibitions have one thing in common: a reverential respect for the gravity of what happened. Upon entry, you're handed a boarding pass which contains details of one of the 123 passengers that stepped aboard the Titanic.

    Through interactive touch-screen and holographic imagery and audio visual presentation, we’re given the background and context to Irish emigration in 1912, we see inside the famous ship built by Belfast manufacturers, Harland and Wolff, and re-live the tragic events leading to disaster. The exhibition finishes off with footage of Titanic’s final resting place on the seabed.

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    Cobh remembers

    Dr Michael Martin is well known in Cobh. His tours, his insight and his endless knowledge, not only about Titanic, but about emigration in general, are second to none. Join him on one of the many tours that he offers, including the Titanic Trail, Cork City Ramble and even a Cobh Ghost Tour.

    For each step his tour rambles through Cobh’s streets, you learn something new, gain new perspectives and begin to get a handle on how and why Ireland became so dependent on emigration and ships like Titanic.

    For example, it's in Cobh where another famous emigrant, Annie Moore, left Cobh, and was the first person to walk through the newly-opened immigration station, Ellis Island.

    Overall, Cobh holds a unique place in the larger Titanic story. The hopes and dreams of those who embarked at Cobh add a certain romance to this tragic tale. You can experience their world and connect to Titanic in Cobh today.