This broken pier from which the last 123 passengers left terra firma to board the Titanic still stands in Cobh. It was known as Heartbreak Pier and the last piece of land to disappear from the view of those emigrating from Ireland was Fastnet Rock, referred to as The Teardrop of Ireland.
Among that small group of passengers to board the Titanic in Cobh was nineteen year old Jeremiah Burke, who threw a bottle into the sea from the deck of the ill-fated liner. Inside, was a note containing the words, ‘From Titanic. Good bye all. Burke of Glanmire Cork.’ A year later, the bottle was found intact, in an estuary near his home. His message is now on display in the Queenstown Experience in Cobh, along with photographs of himself and his cousin, Nora Hegarty, who perished with him. Of those last 123 passengers to board the Titanic, only 44 survived. You can see in front of Nora’s photograph below, the unbroken bottle, kindly donated to the exhibition by her family.
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In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Broken.”