Here’s something you don’t see every day.
The owner of a Cork antiques and curios shop is claiming to be in possession of a unique piece of maritime history.
Michael Wall of MacCurtain Street store Salvagem has just unveiled a special window display to show off the remains of the infamous piece of the Jakobshvan Glacier iceberg that sank the Titanic.
“The iceberg was photographed off the coast of Newfoundland in 1912. It travelled south and began to melt as temperatures rose.” Michael told Yay Cork.
“Its remains reached the southern tip of America near Chile and it was picked up near Terra Del Fuego approximately 27 years later. It had become home to a small family of Chilean penguins.
“These penguins had been brought to Fota Wildlife park by Corkman Jack Dawson approximately forty years later and with it, a small remnant of the original iceberg now no bigger than an ice block.
On noting a reddish colour to the ice, it was discovered that a photo existed of the original Iceberg with a red streak to its base.
“After years of research by renowned Glaciologist, Rose DeWitt Bukater, it was concluded that the paint did indeed match the hull of the ill-fated Titanic,” added Michael.
“The ice cube was sealed in a glass jar, and made its way to the White Star Line offices in Southampton, ending up in auction after the offices closed in 2003.”
Unfortunately, time has not been kind to the chunk of glacier.
Stored behind thick glass since 1912, it has been reduced to a puddle of water over the years.
Still, the large bell jar holding the incredible artifact can be viewed by the public all day today (April 1st – and not a day later), should you happen to be in the Victorian Quarter.