A year after the ship sank, the bottle was found, just a few kilometers from the sender’s hometown in Ireland.
He was the youngest of seven children and had worked on the family farm before setting out on his journey. His sisters had settled in Charlestown, Massachusetts, and had sent money home for Jeremiah to join them.
Geplaatst door Cobh, The Queenstown Story at Cobh Heritage Centre op Donderdag 12 april 2018
Before he left, his mother Kate gave him a small bottle of holy water for the trip. His father William brought the cousins to Queenstown to see them off.
When the ship hit an iceberg and began to sink, Jeremiah wrote a note and placed it in the holy water bottle his mother had given him, tied it up with his own shoelaces, and threw it overboard.
The note simply read: “From Titanic, goodbye all, Burke of Glanmire, Cork.” He couldn’t have known that his would be the last words from the Titanic.
Jeremiah Burke 19years old from Ballinoe, Whites Cross Cork , boarded Titanic at Queenstown destination Massachusetts,…
Geplaatst door Cobh, The Queenstown Story at Cobh Heritage Centre op Dinsdag 31 mei 2011
One year later, the message in a bottle washed up just a few kilometers from Jeremiah’s hometown of Glanmire, Cork. The Royal Irish Constabulary contacted the Burke family with the news that a man walking his dog had found the message in a bottle at Dunkettle. He’d read the letter and handed it into the authorities.
Kate immediately recognized her son’s handwriting, and identified the holy water bottle she had given him just before he set off on his trip.
An article in The Cork Examiner on April 27, 1912, said the “sympathy of the people of Cork will go out in full measure to the parents of Miss Nora Hegarty of Killavallig, Whitechurch, and Mr. Jeremiah Burke, of Upper Glanmire, both of whom were only 19 years of age and who lost their lives in the Titanic disaster.”
“They left Queenstown full of hope for a bright and happy career in the United States,” the article said. “Their parents and relatives will have the sympathy of all in the great sorrow into which they have been plunged.”
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