It has been a century since the Titanic sank. I am a child and I love reading and hearing about The Titanic.
It sank in the Atlantic Ocean on its maiden voyage. It set sail on April 10 ,1912 under the command of Edward Smith. Survivors came from 1st class passengers with 3rd class having the worst survival rate.There had been barely enough lifeboats around for passengers and crew.The Titanic hit an iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland in the North Atlantic ocean. It happened around 12pm on April 14,1912. Its sister ship, the Carpathia was close to the sinking Titanic. It took the Titanic over 2 hours to sink into the ocean and the final part went under at 2 :20am on the morning of April 15,1912 .The Carpithia vessel ended up arriving 2 hours after the Titanic had sunk. There were 2,223 people on board the Titanic, over 1500 died. Famous people on the Titanic were Molly Brown,wife of a Colorado silver mine entrepreneur and John Jacob Astor. Molly Brown became famous in her own right for being the only woman to have rowed a lifeboat to safety. by ALANNAH Shine Age 10.
The oldest surviving Irish woman was a distant ancestor of Alannahs, called Ellen or Helen Shine from Newmarket, County Cork. She boarded at Cobh ( then called Queenstown) Ellen then 20 years old traveled third class gave an account of her ordeal to a New York paper and it was reproduced in The Times on April 20th 1912.
Ellen said that when the accident happened they rushed to the upper deck where they were met by members of the crew who endeavoured to keep them in the steerage quarters. The women, however, rushed past these men and finally reached the upper deck. When they were informed that the boat was sinking most of them fell on their knees and began to pray. She saw one of the lifeboats and made for it. In it were already four men from steerage who refused to obey an officer who ordered them out. They were, however, finally turned out.
In later years Ellen Shine was married to a Mr Callaghan. She died on 5 March 1993 aged 101 in Glen Cove, New York. She was the last remaining Titanic survivor from Ireland. Check out Meath Today on Facebook and LIKE!