Queenstown Harbor, Ireland

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If you were on one of the large ships bound from New York to Liverpool, you would probably "call" at Queenstown, Ireland. Sea-going men mean by a "call" a short stop without putting into port. The ships carrying mail stop outside Queenstown to deliver and to receive Irish mail. Passengers bound for Ireland are also landed by means of small vessels that come alongside the ship. Custom officers also board the English-bound steamers here and seal all tobaccoes and whiskeys. You know by this that the rest of your voyage to Liverpool is to be in English waters. Ireland has few ports for trans-Atlantic steamers. The ships of the Glasgow lines call at Londonberry in the north of Ireland. Queenstown is the other port of call on the south of Ireland. It is the port for the city of Cork, 14 miles away. Its harbor is large and safe. They bay is surrounded by low hills. The city itself is built on Great Island, overlooking the bay. Queenstown has only about 7,000 inhabitants. It is important because of its harbor. Great Britain keeps here a great supply of stores for the English navy. There are large naval docks, and stores of ammunition and guns. Much of the commerce of south Ireland goes through Queenstown. The port is well located to serve as an English naval base, as one of the great steamer lanes passes near it. It was near Queenstown that the German submarines were so very active against English shipping in the great European war. The Lusitania was sent down off the south Irish coast. Locate Queenstown. How far is it from Liverpool? What city in the United States is about the same size? Keystone ID: 2517 Note: All titles, descriptions, and location coordinates are from the original Keystone Slide documentation as supplied by the Keystone View Company. No text has been edited or changed.
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