“The Titanic was a palace of light and life and wonder. She was the greatest ship that ever sailed the seas. She was the greatest thing that was ever made by the hands of men. 60,000 tons moved away when the Titanic floated upon the sea . . . her engines had the power of 46,000 horses. Every two minutes her fires consumed a ton of coal. She was the last-made wonder of the world.” (Arthur Mee, Hampshire (1939), 332–33.)
The Titanic was the largest and most luxurious ship ever built, but she sank in less than three hours during her maiden voyage in the early hours of April 15, 1912. On April 11, 1912, Titanic made her last call in Queenstown (Cobh). 113 third-class, 7 second-class and only 3 first-class left from the White Star Line pier in search of better opportunities in the New World. The total number of passengers and crew on board the Titanic was 2,228. 1,523 passengers and crew were lost when the ship sank on April 15, 1912. Only 705 passengers and crew were saved. Tragically, more than 400 available lifeboat spaces were left empty. Only 44 of the 123 people who boarded in Queenstown survived.
April marks the 111th anniversary of Titanic’s disaster, and is mainly remembered today for the remarkable stories of passengers who fought to save their lives at the last moment. Stories that will stay alive in the White Star Line Building in Cobh.
The 123 passengers who boarded at Queenstown (Cobh).