1912 : HEROIC CATHOLIC PRIESTS - R.M.S. TITANIC EVENTS MOVE SWIFTLY
At 6.30 pm that same day, Wednesday, after an uneventful crossing of the Channel, TITANIC lay off
CHERBOURG, FRANCE. Two tenders built to serve her and named Traffic and Nomadic, ferried out to her passengers , luggage and mail. At 8.10 p.m. she is underway again and headed for Queenstown ( now Cobh) in Ireland.
On Thursday 11th April, at 11.30 am just before Lunch TITANIC arrives in all her splendour off Queenstown, once again she cannot dock because of her draught, but anchors in the roadstead about 2 miles from the shore and the tenders Ireland and America bring out her passengers , luggage and mail. One tender takes away at least one passenger, our Jesuit Seminarian, Mr Francis Browne. He must have been devastated, for he had been offered by a wealthy American couple, a free passage to the United States . But a telegraphic request to his Provincial gained the following terse reply "GET OFF THAT SHIP". God was at work, saving the future Father Francis Browne Military Cross winner for his heroic work among the dying on the battlefields of World War I, all that was required was Mr.Browne's adherence to Religious Obedience. And he had freely given it.
By 1.40 pm TITANIC had all loaded and she set off for New York City the fabled destination in the New World
|The last photograph of R.M.S. TITANIC afloat.|