Who was `Abdu'l-Bahá, and why did He come to the West?

Saturday, December 8, 2012

At sea, en route to England

S.S. Celtic on the rocks off Cobh, December 1928.
Photograph by the Nautical Photo Agency
Today, in 1912, 'Abdu'l-Bahá continues His voyage across the Atlantic Ocean to Liverpool, England. No doubt His thoughts are full of His recent encounters with Americans and how sad many were to say farewell to Him. But, also He must be thinking of the voyage and the encounters ahead!

Today I receive an alert about a posting on the SS Celtic on a special blog:

Brendan McNamara's Blog on Early links between the Baha'i Faith and Ireland

I am glad to have discovered this beautiful blog. Brendad writes: "For eight days ‘Abdu’l-Bahá sailed on the Celtic and thereafter everything associated with that ship could never be the same. The Celtic has, as a result of this fortuitous circumstance, found a niche in history and, in turn, created a fascinating connection between ’Abdu’l-Bahá and Ireland."
Ornate doors from S.S. Celtic, Celtic House, Ringaskiddy

And he includes the story of how double doors with stained glass panels, once belonging to the SS Celtic, ended up on a house named after the ship. (See photo.)

So now you may want to go to Brendan's blog to read the story! 

In any event, the past and present continue to co-mingle as we follow this voyage as the ship heads to the British Isles. 

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