Sepia Saturday give bloggers an opportunity to share their family history and memories through photographs.
I have the ideal match for this week's photo prompt in a lovely sign, photographed at Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.
Queenstown/Cobh was the departure point for the millions of Irish people who emigrated to North America during the 19th and 20th centuries. On 11 April 1912 Queenstown was the final port of call for the he ""Titanic" as she set out across the Atlantic on her ill-fated maiden voyage.
Family connections with the sea rest with my husband's family who across generations moved from Leith (Edinburgh's seaport), to South Shields on Tyneside and Portsmouth in the south coast of England. The occupations of the Donaldson's and their extended family ranged from merchant and master mariner to seaman, caulker, roper, ship's carpenter and river policeman. Here in a Napoleonic pose is my husband's great great grandfather, Master Mariner John Moffet.
John married France Thomson Dunn, a widow with three children, in Stepney in the east end docklands area of London.
It would be fascinating to research this American connection, but nigh impossible, with no indication of which state and no distinctive name. You never know Frances' first husband may have had a a sailing link with New England?
This is something else to add to my "to do" list!
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