Cobh is one of the world’s finest natural harbours. The Queenstown Story relays stories about the maritime, naval and military history of the area, the fortification of the various forts in the harbour such as Hawlbowline, Spike Island (the Alcatraz of Ireland) and Fort Camden, and takes you on an emigration journey from the 1600’s right through to the 1950’s. Hawlbowline is now home to the Irish Naval Service and both Spike Island and Fort Camden are two amazing visitor attractions. Cove, as it was known then , is proud to have formed the oldest Yacht Club in the world in 1720, now situated in Crosshaven in Cork harbour , called the RCYC. (Royal Cork Yacht Club).