Thursday 9 February 2012

The Titanic 100 Years on.

The Titanic sank in April 1912. The last port it called at before it sank was Queenstown in Ireland, just outside Cork city (Queenstown is now called Cobh).

In 1912 my maternal grandmother Catherine Cummins was 20. She lived with her family at 10 Ballyvoloon, part of Cloyne Terrace, Queenstown. 

In the 1911 census her family consisted of;

Her parents Michael (58) and Jane Cummins (44) and her siblings Josephine (25), Nellie (23), Stephen (21), Michael (15), Esther (12), Winnie (11) and Charles (6). According to the census they were all Roman Catholic and they could all read and write. Her Dad could speak both English and Irish. 

Below is an image of Queenstown Harbour from circa 1900.

Library of Congress

[Queenstown Harbor. County Cork, Ireland]
[between ca. 1890 and ca. 1900].
1 photomechanical print : photochrom, color.
Notes:Title from the Detroit Publishing Co., catalogue J--foreign section. Detroit, Mich. : Detroit Photographic Company, 1905..
Print no. "12024". Forms part of: Views of Ireland in the Photochrom print collection.
Subjects:Ireland--County Cork. Format: Photochrom prints--Color--1890-1900. Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.
Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA,
Part Of: Views of Ireland (DLC) 2001700656 More information about the Photochrom Print Collection is available
Persistent URL: Call Number: LOT 13406, no. 033 [item]