THIS DAY 100 years ago, the doomed Titanic liner departed Cobh (then Queenstown), Co Cork at 1.30pm.
It had started sea trials from Belfast on 2 April 1912, entered Southampton in England on 3 April, set sail at noon on 10 April to pick up more passengers at Cherbourg in France and then arrive in Cobh at 11.30am the following day. Two hours later, it left the Co Cork harbour on what was to be its longest leg – across the Atlantic. As we know, it never completed that leg, hitting an iceberg on 14 April and sinking in the early hours of 15 April 1912.
As of 7.30pm on 11 April 2012, this is where the Titanic lay, making fine progress off the southwestern coast of Ireland: