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31st August, 2013



There was a beautiful sunrise as we arrived, but a distinct autumnal chill in the air as we stood on the bridge wing. The rising sun eventually warmed things up and it remained a lovely day so I took a stroll along the waterfront and passed the cathedral, meeting several passengers lining up for the ‘road train’, which apparently had a very eloquent guide. A few others were trying a touch of the black stuff while sitting outside a pub and watching the world go by.

The ‘Titanic’ connection, as mentioned before, is somewhat ‘milked’ in Cobh, but few folks know about the effort that was made by locals to look after the survivors and bury the dead from the ‘Lusitania’, sunk off the Old Head of Kinsale by a German U-boat on May 17th 1915 during the First World war. Some believe this terrible incident was instrumental in bringing the USA into that conflict. There is a most suitable commemorative statue near the waterfront that is often thought by the uninitiated to be another piece of Titanic history.

A certain person is arriving tomorrow in Falmouth so I managed to find a small florist and picked up the most delightful yellow Cambria Orchid, very different to the ones we place in passenger cabins and that can be found in all ‘popular’ large retailers. I was advised in a charming Irish voice that the flower looks like the dress of a ballet dancer, vivid imagination I thought, but rather suitable under
the circumstances.

A small amateur brass band on the quayside saw us off, our ships whistle was sounded three times in reply as a farewell salute, the passengers cheered and waved enthusiastically. Cobh, a ‘gentle place’ I had heard someone say, slipped away behind us as we headed for the open sea. 

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