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History of Cobh

Cobh, pronounced cove is situated on the southern shore of Great Island, a jewel in one of the world's finest natural harbours. Some of its early place names are believed to derive from battles held with Phoenician Invaders. In the 7th century is was visited by religious monks who settled and contemplated all things spiritual. By 1176 the invasion of Henry the 2nd of England reached the port and its environs and altered the ownership and perspectives of local landowners. When Queen Victoria visited Ireland for the first time in 1849 it was at Cove she first stepped ashore. The town was renamed Queenstown from then. However following Irish Independence from Britain in 1920, it was renamed Cobh which is an Irish language word for Cove and is pronounced the same.

It's history is entwined with great ships, majestic liners and adventurous tales of the sea. As Ireland's most strategic port of call for transatlantic liners, it became the foremost port of emigration witnessing Ireland's sorrowful releasTitanic Statuee of its treasured sons and daughters to brighter and better things in the New World. Many famous ships graced its shores. From the age of Sail through to the great age of Steam and into the present age of Diesel. These included the paddle steamer 'Sirius', which in 1838 became first ever ship to cross the Atlantic from the Harbour to New York without the aid of sail. The Lusitania which was torpedoed in May 1915 with the loss of 1198 lives. The packed troop ships that sent young men and women to conflicts such as the American War of Independence, the Boer War the Crimea War and the First World War.

Cobh, Cork was the last port of call of RMS Titanic which anchored at the mouth of the harbour on April 11th 1912. It was from here that the ship weighed anchor for the last time and sailed west towards her tragic fate in the icy waters of the North Atlantic. One hundred and twenty three passengers left form Cobh. Cobh has always maintained a strong maritime tradition which we hope you too will experience. Today Cobh while respecting the various tragedies of the past, now shines with a vibrancy that lifts the spirit and embraces Ireland's new confidence and vision. Be a part of it. Come and see it. You will have the time of your life.

Information courtesy of Titanic-Trail.comĀ