Wednesday, 26 October 2011


Tragic Titanic message in a bottle goes on view in Cobh - News - Cork Independent

A handwritten note from a victim of the fatal first trip of the Titanic is go on display at the Cobh Heritage Centre this week. The note was written by 19 year old Jeremiah Burke from Ballinoe, White's Cross and was hurled from the deck of the Titanic in a bottle.
The note simply said: "From Titanic, Goodbye All, Burke of Glanmire Cork". Incredibly the bottle washed up a year later on the shoreline near his family home in Glanmire. His eventual destination was to be Massachusetts.
The note has been in the treasured possession of the Burke family until recently when a member of the family, Cllr Mary Woods of Midleton, donated it to the Cobh Heritage Centre. The note was carefully conserved and now forms part of the Titanic exhibition in the Centre along with the photographic and military medals of Titanic photographer Fr Frank Browne.
A reception will be held in the Cobh Heritage Centre tomorrow, Tuesday 25 October at 5pm to officially thank the Burke and Woods family for donating the piece of Cork history.
Enquiries to Debbie Walsh, General and Marketing Manager Cobh Heritage Centre, 021-4813591 or email

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