Back on the coach and off to the coast to visit the Heritage Center in Cobh (pronounced Cove). Cobh is ‘one of the major transatlantic Irish ports, the former Queenstown was the departure point for 2.5 million of the six million Irish people who emigrated to North America between 1848 and 1950. On 11 April 1912, Queenstown was famously the final port of call for the RMS Titanic when she set out across the Atlantic on her ill-fated maiden voyage. … At Queenstown 123 passengers boarded in all; only 44 survived the sinking. … Cobh was also a major embarkation port for men, women and children who were deported to penal colonies such as Australia. The records of such deportations can be found in ships’ log books in the Cobh Museum … Another tragically notable ship to be associated with the town, the Cunard passenger liner RMS Lusitania, was sunk by a German U-boat off the Old Head of Kinsale while en route from the US to Liverpool on 7 May 1915.‘²
The following slideshow contains photos of exhibits, artifacts from the Titanic, and the immigration of millions of Irish fleeing the Great Famine.