On April 14, 1912, one-hundred five years ago, the great ship the Titanic, which was built in Belfast, hit an iceberg and sunk. Many Irish, hoping to start a new life in America perished during this tragedy which took over 1,500 lives.
Just weeks after the disaster folk songs were appeared, with recordings as early as 1913. The following is an excerpt of one of the first songs.
It was sad when that great ship went down
Husbands and wives and little children lost their lives
It was sad when that great ship went down.
Other versions included the words, “to the bottom of the sea”.