Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Today we left Kinvara and made our way to Cobh, the famous port on the outskirts of Cork City, which was once known as Queenstown. It was from here that the majority of our emigrants departed for the USA. The picture above shows the heritage centre,which was the main terminal for the trains and the boats.
Alison and Andy inside the heritage centre. This is a wonderful place to visit,and full of interesting information on the trials of emigration, and what on our ancestors had to go through as they prepared to leave Ireland. This was also the last port of call for the Titanic and here you can learn quiet a lot about her disastrous voyage, along with information on the Lusitania, and many more ocean liners that used the port of Cobh.
An old photo of the inside of this terminal.
Another photo of the inside,showing the area where the trains from Cork would unload their sad passengers.
This almost blasphemous notice on exhibit in the centre, declaring that even God could not sink this mighty ship.
These pictures below are part of the exhibition showing what the living conditions inside the famine ships were like.
The bronze figures of Annie Moore and her two young brothers on the quayside at the departure pier in Cobh. They were the first people to register in Ellis Island.
Our weather today was overcast all day, with very little sunshine, but it did not affect our day too much as we spent quiet some time inside the heritage centre in Cobh.
Tomorrow we journey down along the south coast, and back up along the south west coast to Killarney.