For many years Cobh was the port of Cork and has been linkend to Atlantic crossings. About 2.5 million Irish emigrated to America from this port. In 1838 the Sirius, the first steamship to cross the Atlantic, sailed from Cobh. The Titanic made its last stop here before its fateful journey in 191.
In 1849 Cobh was renamed Queenstown after Queen Victoria paid a visit. The name lasted until Irish independence in 1921 when, the local council reverted to the Irish Cobh.
The world’s first yacht club, the Royal Cork Yacht Club, was founded here in 1720, but nowadays it operates from Crosshaven on the other side of Cork Harbour.
Cobh is on the south side of Great Island in Cork Harbour and is home to Ireland’s only dedicated cruise terminal. During spring and summer many cruise ships come to Cobh and the town is transformed into a bustling place.
On 11 April 1912, Queenstown was famously the final port of call for the RMS Titanic when she set out across the Atlantic on her ill-fated maiden voyage. 123 passengers boarded in all; only 44 survived the sinking. There is a Titanic experience in Cobh but I haven’t had time to check it out. But we’ll go back for that soon.
Cobh is only a 30min drive from Cork and a great destination fora daytrip! Try to get down there when a cruise ship is in the harbour – it’s a great day out with the kids!