Remembering Titanic


April 14th 2020 marks the 108th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. I’ve updated this post from a few years ago to share with you as we used to live only a short drive from where the ill-fated ship set sail for America. The Titanic Exhibition in Cobh county Cork is well worth a visit. Heartbreak Pier was the last place where 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. Follow the link below for more information and images.

Katherine Buckley’s fate – A Titanic Experience

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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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15 Responses to Remembering Titanic

  1. Dan Antion says:

    thanks for remembering this sad event, Jean.

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  2. Norm 2.0 says:

    A few summers ago we visited the cemetery in Halifax Nova Scotia where many of the victims are buried. Rows and rows of tombstones all with the same ‘died on’ date – it’s surreal. Such a tragedy.

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  3. Ally Bean says:

    There was a traveling Titanic exhibit that came through here years ago. At the beginning of your walk through the exhibit you were given a name of and class of ticket of someone on the ship, then as you went through the exhibit you could see where you’d have been, what you’d have been doing as the ship was sailing. In the final room you found out if you survived or not. I made it, Z-D did not. It was a sobering experience.

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  4. What a sad anniversary, Jean, but thanks for an informative post. Reminds me a bit of places you see in France where there are memorials for those who died in WWI and II, often men from the same families. Of course, those are on a much smaller scale, but there are a lot more of them.


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  5. sjhigbee says:

    You’re right. We need to remember this tragedy as it was caused by a series of mistakes stemming from the sense that we were invulnerable enough to build unsinkable ships. It lulled those involved into making some terrible assumptions. Thank you for marking this sad event, Jean.

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  7. Bhagyashree says:

    Any mention of Titanic, makes my heart heavy and sad. I wonder how happy everyone’s lives would have turned out if the tragic event had not taken place.

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