Irish Rovers, The Titanic





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Published on Feb 20, 2012

The Irish Rovers - The Titanic, written by George Millar
CD: http://goo.gl/PVWN6 on iTunes: http://goo.gl/NRzjb
From the album, Drunken Sailor (Rover Records, 2012)
Video by Jennifer Fahrni

George Millar from CBC Documentary, The Pride of Belfast (also on YouTube), "to me it was saying, that it's almost in the mists of time. It's still out there and it's still pounding across the ocean somewhere."

The Irish Rovers' tribute to the pride of Belfast, the men and boys who built her at Harland and Wolff shipyard, the heroes who sailed her, and the legacy she leaves us today. "Irish pride was at its highest, and the sinking devastated the shipyards, and its workers. To this day they say with a wry smile, "She was alright when she left here!""

The sinking of the RMS Titanic is one of the largest peacetime maritime tragedies in history. The legend of this mighty ship has both intrigued and haunted Rover, George Millar all these years. That may be because he shares his birthday of April 14, with the date the ship hit the iceberg. Titanic met its icy end after midnight (April 15) on her maiden voyage a century ago. For this landmark album, he wrote this tribute to The Titanic. The song gives us a feeling of descending the ocean depths to meet the great ship at her resting place, then she quickly sweeps us away on a journey to her glory days, charging across the high seas. "Being from Northern Ireland and born on April 14th, the legend of the Titanic has been with me all my life. It took the labour of fifteen thousand Irishmen to build her - she was the pride of Belfast," says Millar.

Thanks to Image Sources:
Michael W. Pocock, Maritime Quest - US Library of Congress Archive - Virginian Pilot, Norfolk, VA - The Evening World, New York, NY - The Sun, New York, NY - New York Tribune, New York, NY - The Day Book, Chicago IL - The Times-Dispatch, Richmond VA - The Washington Times - Belfast Telegraph Website, The Belfast Telegraph, Belfast, N. Ireland - National Museums Northern Ireland - Collection Ulster Folk and Transport Museum - Spirit of the Titanic by Nicola Pierce - Titanic Belfast.


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