Titanic (XI), The ("The Titanic Nobly Bore Along") (Titanic #11)
DESCRIPTION: Titanic stops at Queenstown for Irish girls and boys. An iceberg floats by but "Titanic proudly bore along unmindful of her foe." Wireless operators send an SOS but help is too late. The Carpathia saves those in lifeboats and took them to New York.
EARLIEST DATE: 1947 (Ranson)
LONG DESCRIPTION: Titanic, the pride of Belfast, leaves Southampton with millionaires and poor. She stops at Queenstown for Irish girls and boys. At night an iceberg floats by but "Titanic proudly bore along unmindful of her foe." When struck, Captain Smith has wireless operators send an SOS but help arrivesd too late. "Women and children" first saved seven hundred. The Carpathia saves those in lifeboats and takes them to New York.
KEYWORDS: drowning sea ship wreck rescue
April 14/15, 1912 - Shortly before midnight, ship's time, the Titanic strikes an iceberg and begins to sink. Only 711 survivors are found of 2224 people believed to have been aboard.
FOUND IN: Ireland
REFERENCES (3 citations):
McBride 67, "The Titanic" (1 text, 1 tune)
Ranson, p. 128, "The Titanic" (1 text)
Hammond-Belfast, pp. 30-31, "The Titanic" (1 text, 1 tune)
cf. all the other Titanic songs (plot)
NOTES: McBride: "In the Irish Tradition there are at least eight distinct ballads on the subject.... [This] version is the one most favoured by Irish traditional singers." - BS
For an extensive history of the Titanic, with detailed examination of the truth (or lack thereof) of quotes in the Titanic songs, see the notes to "The Titanic (XV)" ("On the tenth day of April 1912") (Titanic #15) - RBW
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