Remember – Munster


Mined and sunk in the Irish Sea – 2nd February 1940

five wounded, one died later

The first Irish ship to be sunk in World War Two was the passenger ship Munster, which fell victim to a mine in Liverpool Bay on 7th February 1940. Built at Belfast in 1938 for the British and Irish Steam Packet Company she ran on a nightly service between Dublin and Liverpool until the out -break of war when the service was suspended. She was trading between Belfast and Liverpool, on charter to the Belfast Steam Ship Company and commanded by Captain J. Paisley when sunk. Captain Paisley and four of his crew were wounded, one of whom died later. Over 200 passengers and the crew of fifty escaped in lifeboats and were rescued a few hours later by the collier Ringwall.


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  1. Violet Gracey nee McIlroy

    I was four years old and travelled on this ship and remember clearly the luggage room door bursting open, and all the luggage slewing across the deck. We were on our way to the lifeboat, already dressed because Mother had a premonition of danger and had us ready and waiting when the call came to go to the lifeboats. I remember the Ringwall and being carried up an iron ladder and onto the deck. I also remember a lady in a nightie being sick into a bucket on the Ringwall. At Liverpool we were presented with toy motorcars and our photos were in the Liverpool Echo the next morning.

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