The town of Cobh in Cork is remembering the 110th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic this weekend, paying tribute to the 1,504 people who lost their lives on the White Star Liner’s ill-fated maiden voyage.
More than 80 members of the British Titanic Society traveled to Cobh for their annual convention and traveled to Roches Point on Friday to lay a wreath at the spot where the liner made its final stop before departing for New York.
Society members gathered aboard a local boat at Roches Point on Friday afternoon as Denis O’Brien, a local descendant of a Titanic victim, laid a wreath at sea.
Jess Sweetingham, spokesman for the British Titanic Society, told The Irish Times the ship arrived at Cobh around 11.30am on April 11, 1912 and anchored about two miles from Roches Point at 12.15pm.
“Eight passengers left the ship, which had left Southampton on April 10, and 123 passengers, mostly third class, boarded and it then left Cobh at 1.30pm on April 11 – only 48 of those passengers who boarded at Cobh would survive the Titanic’s collision with the iceberg three days later”, Sweetingham told the Irish Times.
The British Titanic Society will also pay tribute to the victims of the RMS Lusitania, torpedoed by a German submarine off Cork in 1915.
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The company will visit the Cobh Heritage Centre, Titanic Experience, Titanic Walking Trail, St Colman’s Cathedral and the Lusitania Museum over the weekend.
“We are extremely grateful for the tremendous help we have received from the local community and businesses in preparing for this event,” Sweetingham told The Irish Times.
Meanwhile, one of Titanic’s six remaining lifejackets will go on display for the first time on the island of Ireland to mark the 110th anniversary.
The lifejacket will be on display at the Titanic Museum in Belfast, which described the artifact as a “really special thing”.
The lifejacket is said to be in “good condition with the original ribbons remaining”.