I love "Titanic".
|They said, "God Himself could not sink this ship." With those dimensions and a nickname like "Queen of the Ocean", I wouldn't have disagreed.|
|I know, I know...this isn't Jack's bicycle. Humor me, won't you?|
I could go on and on about "Titanic", believe me. But sadly, today's post isn't about Jack and Rose (and, in case you haven't gathered this yet, my favorite romance. "The Notebook" runs a close second.) It's about a little town called Cobh (pronounced "cove"), perched at the tip of Cork Harbor. This otherwise-nondescript town was a) where Titanic was built, and b) the last port of call on that doomed maiden voyage.
|See where the landmasses on the horizon break in the middle? That channel opens up to the Atlantic...and is where, a century ago last April, Titanic broke into open water for the first and last time.|
|Meet Annie Moore, the first Irish immigrant to be processed at Ellis Island - where an identical statue of her and her two brothers stands to this day.|
Cobh has an entire museum dedicated to Titanic (and the Lusitania, too. That ship's story, though tragic, doesn't tug at my heart in quite the same way. Still, wherever your allegiances stand, this statistic is humbling.)
|I was pleasantly surprised at all of the music displayed in this museum.|
|A replica of the type of room used to console the few who survived Lusitania's sinking.|
|A typical passenger's room|
|This life-sized replica of a ticketmaster gave me quite the fright as I turned the corner.|
I left the museum with movie scenes whizzing through my mind and a spring in my step. It's really a wonderful film.
The last thing on the agenda for Saturday was a walking tour of Cobh. The town, for all of its fame and natural beauty, is in steady decline. Most of these shopfronts mask rooms gathering dust bunnies and doors that haven't been opened in decades.
|The Lusitania "peace memorial". The inscription reads, "To the memory of all who perished by the sinking of the Lusitania (May 7, 1915) and in the cause of universal and lasting peace."|
|Here's St. Colman's Cathedral, which contains the only church carillon in the Republic of Ireland (the southern bit), has 49 bells to its name...and they're all tuned perfectly.|
|I always turn backwards the moment I enter cathedrals like this, just to check out the choir loft and the organ. As you can see, this church didn't disappoint.|
Next up: the beginning of Sunday, which I spent climbing, crawling, and leaning backwards over the side of a castle wall. A theme seems to be emerging...