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.