Thursday, October 2, 2008

Cobh,QE2

This is actually 3 posts! I went to Cobh this morning to see the QE2 which is visiting there. Cobh has a great maritime history, it was the last port of call for the ill fated Titanic before she sailed to her doom and in to the history books.
A pub bearing the name of one of the big liners of the last century 'The Mauretania'.












This is the statue of 16 years old Annie Moore with her 2 brothers, (I cut her head off )! She left from Queenstown to find a better life in America.Books have been written about Annie's life in the new world.


















Titanic memorabilia on sale in one of the shops.














I visited New York last year with my son and we went to Ellis island, it was where emigrants from all over the world were processed for entry to the US. It is now a huge heritage site, I have to say it is an eerie place ,even now.This is me standing next to the Annie Moore statue there, Annie was the very first person to be processed through Ellis Island.



















This is how Barry and myself may have looked back then if we were emigrating. I think we would have been quite well off! We had our photos taken and they were matched up to a suitable background photo taken from the Ellis Island archives. Thousands of Irish among other nationalities looked to the new world for a better life. So many left never to return to their homelands, in a time when there were no phones or means of communication. Many were illiterate and even if they could write the people at home may have been illiterate.They worked and sent money home for another family member to follow them out, or sent money to their parents to help them to survive in very hard times.

10 comments:

W. Latane Barton said...

What interesting posts. I have been to New York numerous times and have never been to the statue of liberty or Ellis Island. Shame on me.

I love New York but it is a world apart from the rest of the US.

Peggy said...

Hi Latane, we did a bus tour and Ellis Island was included.You can get off at the Statue of Liberty as well. We sailed around it but carried on to Ellis Island which was what I wanted to see.
Peggy

The Tile Lady said...

The Titanic is such a sad loss too! It just wrenches your heart out to know of the lost in any tragedy such as this!

I am glad you came to NY and saw Ellis Island. We went once and went up inside the statue and it was hard on me, traveling slowly up this spiral metal staircase in the hot interior of her body, up, up, up. I have asthma and just did the best I could until I came to a vent of air (they were positioned every so many feet) so I could breathe again! I couldn't look down, it was so steep (vertigo!) :-) Then, finally at the top, you pass by the windows that make up her crown and quickly thrust a hand out to touch a part of the outside, and then back down again! It all happened so fast (like in Washington DC for those of us in the US, getting to see the Constitution--you stand in line forever, and then walk past it, and boom, it's gone! lol) I wondered why I had put myself through that harrowing climb for such a fast stand at the top of Lady Liberty! But, what we do for tourism! :-) One thing you can do, at least, is say you were there! Anyway, I'm glad you were here! You look great standing next to the statue of Annie Moore!

Peggy said...

Thanks Tile lady, We did the whole tourist thing as it was our first time there and probably my last.We went up the Empire State Building and Ground zero, which was again an eerie experience.I will dig out my photos of new york sometime during the winter when there is nothing to report from the allotment.I even had my photo taken with the naked cowboy on 7th Ave.!

Graycrow said...

Cobh is lovely, and so much history.

ga.farmwoman said...

What a great post, Peggy.
I was in New York when I was a teenager. I was headed off to London, then Paris. It was a long time ago.
I would love to go back to all those places now.
My husband visited Ireland when he was in the Navy. Also a long time ago. He said it was a beautiful place, green everywhere.
Thanks Peggy. I got to travel today and it didn't cost a dime.
Have a great weekend.
Pam

Peggy said...

Hi Graycrow and Pam, Cobh is just 12 miles from my home and I suppose we take it a bit for granted. It does ahve along and chequered history, being a major seaport both for the British navy and now our own navy.It was where convicts were held until they were sent out to Australia on prison ,often for nothing more serious than stealing food!
it is nice to read about other peoples history Pam, tell farm man the place is so green because we get so much rain!
Best wishes to all
Peggy

The Tile Lady said...

I can't wait to see your NY photos over this winter! I will be looking forward to them!
I also enjoyed reading everyone's comments on your posts too!

Lynda said...

Peggy, thanks so much for sharing these most interesting posts and photo's with us - so much history ! Wonderful that you got to experience a little piece of it ....

Graycrow said...

Hi Peggy, we spent a day in Cobh when I lived in Cork, visited the Titanic mueseum and the cathedral and walked around those hilly streets, it's a nice old-fashioned town with great views of Cork Harbour. I miss Cork sometimes.