When my daughter & I visited Ireland I wanted to make a stop at Cobh because this was the spot where my ancestors had left their beautiful green homeland to head to the unknown land of America.
My great grandmother, Mary Josephine Mullane arrived in Cobh with her cousin, Mary Pollack. I can picture the young women standing tall on the dock and looking out to sea, attempting to see their new lives in New York City. It was May 1885. My 18 year old great grandmother, Mary Jo, was listed as a spinster on the ship's rolls. She stepped on board the S. S. Britannic, changing her life and the direction of our family. Mary Jo was to spend the rest of her life in New York City where she would marry & become the mother of seven children.
The man she would marry had left from this same port just a few days before her. Michael Coyle left Cobh on the Boat Servia in May 1885. He would live briefly in Connecticut and then become a baker in New York City.
They met, as the family story goes, on the staircase in a boarding house. When he looked up and saw Mary Jo walking down he decided she was the most beautiful woman he had ever seen and his heart was lost to her. They were married 9 November 1895 in Saint Brigid's Church, New York City.
Be sure to visit Sepia Saturday for more photographs of boats!