A very happy little Titanic fan........
The day finally arrived for Ethan when he got to go to the Titanic Museum, a passion of his for the last couple of years now. He has always loved watching the movie and reading the book at Pa Stick's house. His knowledge of the Titanic is just amazing. Dave and Bec were able to use the visit to the Titanic Museum as an automatic carrot to modify any unwanted behaviour........Ethan was motivated 100% by the opportunity to go.
On Wednesday we took the 2 hour drive to County Cork to a town called Cobh which proudly boasts the World's second largest natural harbour after Sydney. A stunning little spot - formally called Queenstown where in 1912 - 123 people boarded the The Titanic - the very last passenger pick up spot before heading off on it's maiden and final journey.
The Museum stands proudly in the same building and site that the original ticket office and pier stood where the passengers boarded the small transfer boats which would take them out to the Titanic which was anchored out of the harbour in order to save time as the Captain had been in a hurry to arrive in New York early and wanted to waste no time.
As we entered the museum we were given a passenger card/ticket of one of the 123 people who boarded the boat in Queenstown. Although Ethan wanted to be Jack from the movie Titanic he was pretty impressed that he was THOMAS 19 years old and would be travelling just like Jack in the 3rd class cabins - he happily said "Mummy maybe.......Thomas knew Jack". Ethan was so excited to be there he was taking it all in and was absolutely wonderful going through the guided tour, asking questions and listening to it all. Uncle Nathan Dave and Bec were all given passengers too, Nathan was Patrick - 28 from Ireland - 3rd Class, Dave was Philip -37 from USA - 3rd class and Bec was Lillian, 37 from the USA - the only passenger boarding the boat in Queenstown who was travelling in 1st class - a ticket that would cost in today's terms 60,000 US dollars, some first class passengers paid the equivalent of 100,000 US dollars.
At the end of the tour we found out the fate of our passengers, Ethan (Thomas) survived and so did Bec ( Lillian). Nathan and Dave were lost at sea.
Cobh is still a major Port for Cruise Ships and is a popular tourist town with a very very important history. One of the passengers who caught the Ship at Southampton and disembarked at Queenstown took an amazing photograph of the 123 passengers waiting on the deck just prior to their transfer to the Titanic. The 1st class passenger on the upper deck (right) 2nd class on the left upper deck and the 3rd class were waiting down the bottom. His photographs have been used world wide and were key to informing researchers and the documentary and film makers about what the inside of the Ship looked like such as the grand staircase, decks and the dining rooms.
The Museum was terrific with so many clever and interesting exhibits and most importantly Ethan loved it..........we are so happy we went and took part in the 'Titanic Experience'.........