Cruise Liner / Lusitania Exhibition
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East Cork Camera Group decided to photograph every cruise liner visit to Cork Harbour in 2015 and, with over fifty visits scheduled, it was clear at the outset that it would be a commitment to get them all.
Regal Princess kicked the season off in style on 25th April, arriving with the sunrise on a beautiful Saturday morning and from then on they came thick and fast, with multiple arrivals sometimes on the same day. The months rolled by and, when Marco Polo recorded the fifty seventh and final visit of the year on 21st December, the club had maintained a 100% record and in the process, exhausted vantage points all around the harbour from Roche’s Point to Myrtleville with Cobh town, of course, being a favourite haunt. Particular highlights were the many beautiful early mornings and balmy summer evenings spent around and on the harbour, the great people we met along the way and being invited on board Royal Princess and MSC Splendida to shoot their palatial interiors.
After every visit, a gallery of images was posted to this website where there are now over 1,000 images from the project in 57 galleries. Realising that this was a unique collection, thoughts of an exhibition soon began to circulate. The Cobh Maritime Building became available for an exhibition for the month of July 2016 and forty-five images were selected, including seven from the Lusitania Centenary Commemoration events held during May of that year. The exhibition, which was supported by many sponsors, was open to the public during the month of July, 2016 and attracted over 6,000 visitors. In keeping with the maritime theme, East Cork Camera Group were delighted to make the Royal National Lifeboat Institution a beneficiary of the event and thanks to everyone who made a donation to that worthy cause during the exhibition.
in June 2017, the exhibition was displayed in part at Cobh Library as part of Cork Harbour Festival while, for the month of July 2017, the exhibition was on display in the concourse of Cork Airport coinciding with the first transAtlantic flight from the airport to Providence, Rhode Island. The exhibition attracted favourable comment from many of the thousands of people who used this modern and busy facility during the month.
This exhibition webpage was created for the project exhibition and our free Exhibition App can be downloaded to your Apple or Android mobile device from here (you must click the links on your mobile device).
We also published a companion book containing all the images from the exhibition and many more besides. This beautiful, hardcover, coffee table book can be purchased in print or as an ebook for your tablet or Kindle or as a pdf for all digital devices.
East Cork Camera Group would like to thank our image sponsors without whom, the exhibition would not be possible. These are: AIB, Cobh; Cork County Council - Tourism Section; East Cork Oil; ESB; Leeside Shipping; Cork Harbour Boat Hire; Midleton Park Hotel; P66, Whitegate; Trabolgan Holiday Centre and others who prefer to remain anonymous.