These web pages are dedicated to the memory of Ireland’s War-time Seafarers.
Irish Shipping Ltd. commissioned oil painting of many of their ships, from the renowned maritime artist, Kenneth King. For more Kenneth King and his work, see the Kenneth King Gallery. After the demise of Irish Shipping, the Maritime Institute of Ireland acquired some of these paintings, at auction.
In 2002, Des Brannigan, the then President of the Institute, commissioned a
Commemorative Brochure to record the service of Irish Seafarers during the ‘Emergency’.
He approached Kenneth King to paint the lost ships of other companies, (ships not belonging to Irish Shipping). He had these paintings scanned, at his own expense, and a commemorative brochure printed, again at his own expense, to remember those lost on neutral Irish-flagged ships during World War Two.
These pages are on on-line edition of that brochure, included here at the request of Des Brannigan. They were previously hosted on the Institute’s site www.mariner.ie.
The Institute remembers these seafarers every year, usually the second-last Sunday in November, in Dublin and on the fourth Sunday in Cork.
in 2002, the Institute had new flags of the wartime shipping companies made, so that they can be paraded at these ceremonies
The day opens with mass in City Quay church. Wreaths are laid at the Seamens’ Memorial. A reception in the parish hall follows. Then a Dublin port tug takes the wreaths out into Dublin Bay, where they are floated. Meanwhile we break for lunch. Reassemble for evensong at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral.
|M.V. MUNSTER||Mined and sunk in the Irish Sea – February 1940|
|ST Leukos||Sunk with all 11 hands by gunfire from U-38 (Liebe) – NW Tory Island – 9th March 1940|
|S.S. CLONLARA||Sunk in North Atlantic, 22nd August 1941|
|Irish Lights Vessel – ISOLDA||Sunk by aircraft off Waterford coast, 19th December 1940|
|S.S. IRISH PINE||Torpedoed and sunk – lost with all 33 hands – 15th November 1942|
|S.S. KYLECLARE||Torpedoed in North Atlantic, 23rd February 1943|
|S.S. IRISH OAK||Sunk by U-Boat U-607 in North Atlantic, 15th May 1943|
|S.S. LUIMNEACH||Sunk by submarine gunfire in North Atlantic, 4th September 1940|
|S.S. CITY OF BREMEN||Sunk by aircraft – Bay of Biscay – 2nd June 1942|
|S.S. ARDMORE||Mined and sunk off Saltees Island, 11th November 1940|
|S.S. CITY OF WATERFORD||Sunk in collision in Atlantic, 19th September 1941.|
|S.S. MEATH||Mined and Sunk in Irish Sea – 16th August 1940|
|S.S. KERRY HEAD||Sunk by aircraft bombs, 22nd October 1940|
|M.V. INNISFALLEN||Mined and Sunk in River Mersey, 21st December 1940|
|S.S. St. FINTAN||Sunk in Irish Sea, 22nd March 1941|
|SCHOONER CYMRIC||Missing at Sea, February 1944|
|S.S. CITY OF LIMERICK||Sunk bu U-Boat in Atlantic, 15th July 1940|
|NAOMH GARBHAN||Mined and Sunk off Waterford coast, 2nd May 1945|
Carl Convery says:
October 18, 2010 at 10:05 pm
My great-uncle (Capt by rank served as Lt.) Peter Conlon Barrister at Law & Irish Merchant Marine died after the cessation of hostilities in WWII when overseeing the momentous occassion of swinging out the lifeboats on an, a guy rope broke free and knocked him unconcious overboard. Sadly his name isn’t on the memorial. I’m not sure he ever even received his maritime medal. He was young and had no material need to go to sea but volunteered anyway. Sadly he left no children and a young widow, Glenda Glendining-Ness.
In memory of the forgotten.
Peter Mulvany says:
October 20, 2010 at 2:59 pm (
As your uncle was lost due to an accident post war his name would not appear on the memorial on City Quay. The criterion to be included was death due to belligerent action although all our lost seafarers are remembered every November and by their families throughout the year.