Thursday Doors – Remembering Titanic



This weekend marks the 105th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic and as I live only a short drive from where the ill-fated ship set sail for America (which took place on a Thursday from Cobh, County Cork) it’s only fitting that it should feature on this week’s Thursday Doors. The entrance in the photo above leads to a restaurant that looks out onto what’s left of Heartbreak Pier, the last place some of Titanic’s passengers touched dry land. The ship arrived in Queenstown (now called Cobh) in county Cork to pick up mail and 123 passengers, before setting out on her first trans-Atlantic voyage. There were over 2,000 passengers and crew on board as she left the harbour at 1.30 pm on Thursday 11 April 1912, bound for New York.

titanic experience cobh cork

Heartbreak Pier

The Titanic exhibition is housed in the old White Star Line office building, which looks much the same now as it did back then.


Of the 123 passengers who boarded from Cobh, three were first class, seven were second class and the remaining 113 were third class or steerage. Only 44 survived, ten of those being from Cork. When you receive your ticket for the guided tour you are given the name of one of the passengers who boarded Titanic from Cobh that day. At the end of the tour you find out whether or not you were among the survivors. The first time I took this tour, the name on my ticket was that of Katherine Buckley, aged 22, a young Irish woman from county Cork. You can find out what happened to her by following the link at the end of this post. This time my ticket belonged to Mary Canavan, a single woman aged 22.



She was one of nine children, a farmer’s daughter from County Mayo and embarked as a 3rd class passenger. Her ticket cost £7 and 15 shillings (approx. £700 in today’s money). Mary’s elder brother Patrick had emigrated to America the year before and she was to join him. She traveled in a group of fourteen men and women from her parish, Addergoole* in Mayo, but lost her life, along with two of her cousins, Patrick Canavan and James Flynn, when the ship went down. Only three of the group survived.

Katherine Buckley’s fate –  A Titanic Experience

If you sail on over to Norm’s blog you’ll find an interesting selection of international Thursday Doors by clicking the blue ‘frog’ link at the end of his post.

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About Jean Reinhardt

Author of 'A Pocket Full of Shells' an Amazon International best seller, Jean writes young adult and historical fiction. She has been known to shed a tear over Little House on the Prairie.
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47 Responses to Thursday Doors – Remembering Titanic

  1. Sherry Felix says:

    A sad time. I love Ocean liners. My mother and I used to travel on them.

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  2. I’ve never been on a cruise, Sherry, but my mother and sisters have and loved it. It’s on my bucket list for when I retire.


  3. Dan Antion says:

    I have always been fascinated by the Titanic and the story of the people makes it even more interesting.

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  4. I’m certainly glad I sailed over here today even if you did give me goosebumps with this post. Nice remembrance, Jean. 🙂

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  5. Joanne Sisco says:

    The Titanic is one of those iconic stories that seems to capture everyone’s imagination. It is fitting that you feature the Titanic so close to its tragedy anniversary.
    What an interesting idea to give each visitor a passenger profile when they come in. I would imagine it makes the experience that much more ‘alive’.
    Sadly, this sinking was a lesson in numerous things that, if done correctly, could have prevented the tragic death of so many people.

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  6. What a great way to learn a bit of history (both your post and getting the name of a passenger, etc.)! I have to echo what Joanne said and it’s a nautical example of the saying, “Pride goes before a fall” or, in this case, a sinking.


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  7. Was the pier always called Heartbreak Pier, or did it change to that name after the Titanic sunk?

    The history and stories of those who were sailing on her are fascinating. Thanks for sharing both Katherine’s and Mary’s. They were so young, and so brave!

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    • It was built about 150 years ago, Deborah, and it’s estimated that over one million people walked on it to board ships when they emigrated to America and Australia. That’s how it got the name Heartbreak Pier. It was called that before the Titanic disaster. As the ships headed out into the Atlantic they passed by Fastnet Rock, which was referred to as the Teardrop of Ireland, as it was the last bit of Irish land seen by emigrants.

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  8. dennyho says:

    Such a story yet I am intrigued with the details of the Titanic tragedy. Is that creepy?

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  9. sjhigbee says:

    Heartbreak Pier… that says it all, doesn’t it? For generations of folks who had to leave because the land of their birth was unable to support them. Thank you for sharing, Jean:).

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  10. ianbcross says:

    The final door to pass through before their fateful voyage. Just the opposite of “Abandon all hope ye who enter here.”

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  11. Norm 2.0 says:

    I think that all of these compelling individual human stories are the reason why the Titanic tragedy lives on and continues to captivate so many, even after all these years.
    Great post Jean 🙂

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  12. JT Twissel says:

    What a great idea for a tour! However it must have given you an eerie feeling – I know it would me!

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  13. jesh stg says:

    The personal story of Mary made this failed voyage even more sad! Good I didn’t know about this when I went as a 5-year-old on an ocean liner to go from Indonesia to Holland! A poignant account, Jean!

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  14. Helen Jones says:

    A lovely and poignant post, Jean. The tragedy of the Titanic continues to fascinate, doesn’t it? An example of the folly of man.

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  15. joey says:

    Wow, that’s a neat one. How sad and fascinated we all are by the magnitude of that tragedy. Thank you for sharing.

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  16. msgt3227 says:

    I have come to prefer traveling Trans-Atlantic via ship….just HATE commercial flying! Every time we make the crossing, the ship’s daily log will note when we are passing near the site of Titanic’s sinking…

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    • I don’t like flying at all. I always feel I might have a better chance in the water than in the air, if disaster strikes. It must be very emotive knowing you’re near the same spot where so many lost their lives.

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      • msgt3227 says:

        It is emotional being near that spot, especially on an ocean liner. I of course think of the people who lost their lives, but am also quite moved by the resilience of the survivors! I have a deep respect for those folks!! I feel the same way as you about my chances of survival in a water disaster versus an air disaster… Plus, on a ship I can actually walk around, take hot showers, and eat REAL food!!!

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  17. mihirtrada says:

    105 th anniversary !!! I’m just 21 but don’t know why I’m feeling old after reading this. Post is very informational for me atleast ! I’m very fascinated by titanic 😍

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  18. pattimoed says:

    Hi, Jean. Great bit of history here in your post. I remember reading about a passenger who had a premonition of disaster and did not sleep on the voyage. So sad.

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