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RMS Leinster - Relatives Visit Site of Sinking 100 Years After Tragedy

10th October 2018
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On the centenary anniversary of the sinking of RMS Leinster, relatives from the disaster carried out wreath-laying ceremony at the wreck site off the Kish Bank this morning. AFLOAT adds the relatives where on board excursion vessel St. Bridget having departed Dun Laoghaire Harbour and escorted by LE Orla and local RNLI lifeboat Anna Livia. This afternoon a second boat trip will bring more relatives to the scene of the single-worst maritime tragedy on the Irish Sea. On the centenary anniversary of the sinking of RMS Leinster, relatives from the disaster carried out wreath-laying ceremony at the wreck site off the Kish Bank this morning. AFLOAT adds the relatives where on board excursion vessel St. Bridget having departed Dun Laoghaire Harbour and escorted by LE Orla and local RNLI lifeboat Anna Livia. This afternoon a second boat trip will bring more relatives to the scene of the single-worst maritime tragedy on the Irish Sea. Photo: Paul Sherwood

#rmsLeinster - Today, relatives of those who were on RMS Leinster when it was sunk by a German submarine 100 years ago (during WWI) have visited the site of the sinking.

The mail boat writes The Irish Times was torpedoed by a German submarine, the UB-123, off the Kish Lighthouse on October 10th, 1918. More than 550 people were killed making it the worst maritime disaster on the Irish Sea.

It also had international implications. Following the sinking, the US President Woodrow Wilson refused to give a hearing to the German Government which was looking for an armistice. He cited the sinking of passenger ships as a reason for his refusal.

Relatives of those on board threw carnations and wreaths at the exact spot where the sinking took place near the Kish lighthouse which is 12 kilometres out to sea.

The boat (St.Bridget) bringing the relatives was escorted by the naval ship, the LE Orla and as Afloat adds the local lifeboat RNLB Anna Livia but no coastguard vessel. 

For more on the centenary anniversary of the sinking click here including the Stena Line ferry as Afloat.ie reported yesterday. Originally in the planning of the centenary day, the ferry Stena Superfast X was to make a special diversion sail-past off Dun Laoghaire Harbour to coincide with the State ceremony ashore. 

The Stena Superfast X, however, today during a routine crossing from Holyhead this morning paid a salute to the victims near the wreck site when entering Dublin Bay. 

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Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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