Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 26 July 2014

Titanic: How Cobh proved lucky for eight passengers

First Class menu from the RMS Titanic.
Lunch menu from the RMS Titanic.
Lord Pirrie, the former head of Harland & Wolff and instigator of the Olympic Class liners constructed on the Queen's Island almost 100 years ago.

Queenstown, now Cobh in Co Cork, was the last port of call before the Titanic headed out into the Atlantic and her date with destiny.

Eight passengers were to disembark there, including the Titanic's most famous photographer, Father Browne, who took this picture. It is thought that some 120 people got on, almost entirely travelling third class.

Many were farmers and labourers who had used up their meagre savings for a chance to make a better life for themselves in America. One, a Miss Julia Barry, was a housekeeper who paid £7 17s 7d for her fare. She was lost in the disaster and her body was never recovered, a melancholy fate shared by many others.

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