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SS Ardmore
Mined and sunk off Saltees Island, 12th November 1940

Mined and sunk off Saltees Island, 12th November 1940

The SS Ardmore left Cork on 11 November 1940, bound for Fishguard with a cargo of livestock. She never arrived. The wreck was located in 1995, south of the Saltees, with massive damage near her engine room. A defensive string of mines had been laid across the entrance of the Bristol channel. They were intended to protect shipping from U-boats. They should have been firmly anchored to the seabed. However they were frequently washed up on Wexford and Waterford beaches. There had been a severe southerly gale on 10 November: the day before Ardmore sailed. It is possible that a mine set adrift by that gale could have struck the Ardmore.
S.S. ARDMORE
Barry, Frank, Passage West, Co. Cork Hare, Thomas Edwin, Dublin O'Regan, James, Cork
Bruland, Edward, Passage West, Co. Cork Johnson, A., Liverpool O'Shea, Frank, Cork
Cronin, James, Cork Kelleher, John, Cork Power, John, Cork
Desmond, Bartholemew, Cork Lane, John, Cork Power, James, Cork
Fennel, James, Cork McGlynn, John, Dublin Raymond, Michael, Cork
Flynn, Patrick, Cork McNally, Sydney, Liverpool Ryan, Patrick, Passage East, Co. Waterford
Ford, Michael, Cork O'Donovan, P., Cork Speed, Edwin, Liverpool
Ford, Thomas, Liverpool O'Leary, Timothy, Cork Dalgrano, Joseph, Dublin

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