#OTD in 1912 – The Titanic stopped at Queenstown (now Cobh), Co Cork.

The doomed ship anchored two miles off shore at Roches Point as the port could not accommodate a ship of its size. 123 mainly 3rd class passengers who had paid 15, 10 shillings for a one way trip embarked. Eight people who boarded at either Southampton or Cherbourg disembarked. Only 48 of the Queenstown passengers would survive. Those who would die included 18-year-old Mary Delia Burns from Sligo, 20-year-old Katherine Buckley from Cork. One of the passengers who disembarked was Frank Brown, then training for Jesuit priesthood. Brown took the only photographs of the Titanic’s final stop that are known to survive. Brown had been gifted a ticket for the Southampton-Queenstown part of Titanic’s fateful voyage.

Frank Brown took the last published photograph of Titanic Captain Edward Smith. Following Brown’s ordination, he became a decorated chaplain with the Irish Guards during World War I.

Brown continued his passion for photography throughout his life and his tenure as Superior of St Xavier’s church. Frank Brown died in 1960.

See: Frank Brown’s photograph collection

Photo: Titanic arriving in Queenstown (Cobh), Co Cork – One of the last pictures of the Titanic afloat before it met its end.

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