PORT OF CORK SCHOOLS INITIATIVE TO MARK THE U.S. NAVY ARRIVAL IN CORK HARBOUR 1917
Calling all 5th Class Teachers – Win a Free Boat Trip around Cork Harbour for your class
The Port of Cork has launched their Primary Schools Initiative for 2017 and is encouraging all 5th class primary school teachers to get their class involved. This year’s theme ‘World War 1 (WW1) – the U.S. Navy in Cork Harbour in 1917’ is aimed at encouraging school children to explore the great maritime history of Cork Harbour and the role the harbour played in 1917.
On the 6th of April 1917, the United States made a formal declaration of war against Germany. Less than a month later, on 4th May Commander Joseph Taussig of USS Wadsworth led six destroyers of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet into Cork Harbour.
The arrival of the Americans into Cork in 1917 continued a long association between Cork Harbour and the United States that stretched back to the American Revolution and beyond. Over the course of the next two years thousands of U.S. naval personnel were stationed in Cork Harbour and Bantry Bay, engaging in the war against German U-Boats and seeking to ensure convoy security. Their extensive network of facilities in the county included sites in Queenstown (Cobh), Passage West, Haulbowline, Ringaskiddy, Aghada, Bere Island, Berehaven and Whiddy Island. Aside from their storage and barrack sites, the Americans also set up training areas, recreational centres and a hospital. By late 1918 their operations from Cork included not only destroyers but also sub-chasers, submarines, and the flying-boats of the U.S. Naval Air Service, performing vital duties to safeguard shipping.
Speaking about the 2017 initiative, Port of Cork Chief Executive Mr Brendan Keating said: ‘The theme ‘WW1 – the U.S. Navy in Cork Harbour in 1917’ will give school children an opportunity to explore the central role Cork Harbour played in American participation in the Great War, and explore some of the military and social history that had a major impact on Cork.’
Mr Keating continued; ‘Last year we had over 30 schools participating and we hope this year we will have similar numbers or more. It’s a wonderful initiative where children get to have fun and learn at the same time.”
All 5th classes who take part in the Port of Cork Schools Initiative will be treated to a boat trip around Cork harbour, compliments of the Port of Cork and each class will also receive a certificate of participation. The overall ‘best project’ will receive a tour on board one of the many luxurious cruise liners visiting Cork during the summer of 2017. In addition to this, an award will also be given for ‘best artwork piece’.
Projects are to be presented in artwork format using painting and/or models. All submitted projects will go on public display in the Cobh Maritime Development building before the winner is announced in April 2017. Closing date for entries is Wednesday 16th March 2017.
If you would like more information on the Port of Cork Schools Initiative or would like to register your school, please contact Sara Mackeown, Port of Cork, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 021 4625375. Information is also available at www.portofcork.ie
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