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A Titanic Fascination

April 11, 2013

R.M.S Titanic is famous the world over and as a result Cobh in County Cork attracts a huge number of visitors who want to learn more. The town in 1912 was called Queenstown and was the last port of call for the ill fated Liner.

R.M.S Titanic is famous the world over and as a result Cobh in County Cork attracts a huge number of visitors who want to learn more. The town in 1912 was called Queenstown and was the last port of call for the ill fated Liner. Why is this human tragedy of epic proportions so captivating 101 years on?

There is something intriguing about Ocean Liners in general don’t ya think? Brutish steel fortresses were designed with the sole purpose of achieving supremacy over the sometimes vicious and always unforgiving conditions of the world’s open oceans.

Long sharp bows, reinforced hulls and a tiered sterns differentiate these athletic specimens from slovenly overweight cruise ships packed from forward to aft with cabins to ensure maximum profitability. The splendid outward projection of power and force is epitomised by grand liners. The First Class travel experience is offered amid a panoply of marble, gold and delicately carved wood work all of which combine to create these incredibly impressive vessels so often unappreciated for what they truly are.

The fascination with Titanic after her demise was very much concentrated on the fact, she was at the time the largest and grandest ocean Liner ever built. The claim that she was unsinkable was a suggestion from one journalist in advance of the tragedy. This bold and now ironic statement was never made by Titanic’s owners, the White Star Line. Was the claim part of what makes the tragedy so unique? I’m not convinced.

The real fascination with Titanic is what occurred during the time she took to sink. It is the only difference between her and the countless other maritime tragedies seen through history that brew an intrigue in us all. Men and Women were faced with an inevitable reality, the ship they were aboard was being consumed by the dark depths of the North Atlantic. The decisions people took, faced with their mortality gave a snap shot of the differing moral compasses found in people regardless of their class. There were those who clambered for the life boats, there were those who assisted fellow passengers, some decided to die with dignity, others to live with shame. This is where the true fascination lies and why the story of Titanic will always captivate an audience.

Castlemartyr Resort is a perfect place to base yourself for an exploration of Titanic themed activities in the town of Cobh, located a short drive from the resort.

I can not recommend enough the fascinating Titanic Trail guided tour, a walk that brings you down the actually streets the last passengers of Titanic would have walked. The Titanic Experience Cobh is also a must do also, located in the old White Star Building of Cobh, it is where the last passengers embarked from. for Titanic. I felt that these two activities combined created an incredible overall expearience. I recommend to firstly part take in the morning guided walking Titanic Trail and then delve into the fascinating delights of the museum. To cap it all enjoy Afternoon tea in the parlour style Garden Room of the Castlemartyr Resort, a grand affair traditional aboard Ocean Liners of past and present.
 

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