Co. Dublin Wreck List "C"
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Vessel Type:

Steamer

Location:Co. Dublin
Date of Loss:10th October 1918Place:Dublin Bay
Cause of Loss:TorpedoedBoat Dive from:Dun Laoghaire
Charted Depth:33mIrish O.S. Map:Discovery Series No. 50
Height of Wreck:6mAdmiralty Chart No:1468
Hull Material:SteelLatitude (GPS):53 18.880 North
Type of Seabed:SandLongitude (GPS):05 47.710 West
Average Visibility:3 - 8mDiving Experience:Experienced
Picture available?Yes - click here
 
Diving Information:
  • Virtually intact with bow pointing to the South. Lies 12 miles from shore.
  • Launch at the Coal Quay, Dun Laoghaire.
  • Best dived 1 hour before High Water/Low Water.
  • Warning!! Subject to severe currents outside slack water.
  • Warning!! Lies in the path of the HSS ferry. Check HSS time-table.
  • Note!! Permission is required to dive this wreck. The owner, Desmond Brannigan, can be contacted via the Irish Underwater Council (permission is usually given).
 
Historical Information:
  • Built by Cammel Laird Bros. Birkenhead, in 1897 for the City of Dublin Steam Packet Company costing 95,000, she grossed 2,646 tons and measured 378 x 75 x 42ft., twin screws powered by an 8 cylinder triple-expansion steam engine, and was capable of 24 knots.
  • During WW1 she was armed with 1 x 12 pounder gun plus 2 signaling guns.
  • Bound Holyhead from Kingstown with 680 passengers and crew.
  • Hit twice by torpedoes from UB-123, one in the bow and the other in the engine room during bad weather.
  • Sank in eight minutes with the loss of 501 lives, most of whom were soldiers and in their bunks.
  • Commanded by Captain W. Birch.
  • Because of censorship the incident was never fully aired in public.
  • Anchor is on display in the National Museum in Dun Laoghaire.
 
Source Publications:
"Death in the Irish Sea - The Sinking of RMS Leinster"
by
Roy Stokes
Collins Press 1998 - ISBN: 1898256527
"Irish Wrecks Database"
by
Roy Stokes & Liam Dowling
"Shipwreck Index of Ireland"
by
Richard & Bridget Larn
Lloyd's Register - Fairplay Ltd 2002 - ISBN: 1900839970
"Shipwrecks of the Irish Coast 932 - 1997"
by
Edward J. Bourke
Edward J. Bourke 1998 - ISBN: 0952302713
"Shipwrecks of the Irish Coast 1105 - 1993"
by
Edward J. Bourke
Edward J. Bourke 1994 - ISBN: 0952302705
"Underwater Ireland Guide to Irish Dive Sites"
by
Irish Underwater Council
CFT 1999 - ISBN: 0948283025
Co. Dublin Wreck List "C"

Last update - 07-Feb-2006

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