To commemorate the centenary of RMS Leinster, Dun Laoghaire’s National Maritime Museum www.mariner.ie is hosting an exhibition funded by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council about the largest ever loss of life in the Irish Sea which occurred 12.25 nautical miles (22.7 kms) from the Museum, just one month before World War One ended.
Radio Officer Arthur H. Jeffries’s name on the former 180-year-old Mariners Church War Memorial serves as a poignant reminder of the 569 civilians, Post Office workers, crew and military of six nationalities who died when the outbound Kingstown to Holyhead Royal Mail Ship was torpedoed by German submarine UB-123 on 10th October 1918.
Story boards, artefacts, personal memorabilia and interactive touch screens funded by BIM’S FLAG Probramme display information on over 800 RMS Leinster casualties and survivors of this dreadful tragedy and the 36 man crew of UB-123. Beneath an impressive RMS Leinster scale model are a brass spittoon from the wreck and an inscribed silver pocket watch presented to Fireman William Maher by passenger Dorothy Toppin for saving her life.
A large brass fire pump emphasises the scale of this 115 metre (377 feet) long ship capable of 24 knots speed. A triangular display portraying a riveted ships bow embedded with two original RMS Leinster brass portholes shows the luxurious interiors of a first class cabin and dining room. Also displayed are medals, memorial cards, galley keys and a franked letter retrieved from the sea and subsequently delivered to the addressee in Canada.
The Museum’s Amateur Radio Station with Call Sign EI100MCV (MCV was RMS Leinster’s call sign) is spreading the story of the RMS Leinster tragedy worldwide and has already received over 25,000 contacts from 77 countries to date see here
The Maritime Museum is very keen to encourage school children and families to avail of free entry during the commemoration week to learn about this maritime tragedy in which seven out of ten people died. Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council will shortly publish a comprehensive list of all events taking place during the RMS Leinster commemoration week and the events in the Maritime Museum are as follows:
|Philip Murphy’s RMS Leinster sculptures||Thursday 4th October Time to be confirmed.||Sponsored by Dublin Port Company. Launched by the British Ambassador.|
|RMS Leinster Adult Art Exhibition launch||Friday 5th October 1845 hrs.||Open to all.|
|Children’s Art Competition Prize Giving(Note: Wedding in the Museum PM)||Sat. 6th October 1100 hrs. 1930 hrs||A very popular annual event in the Museum sponsored by Eason Ltd.|
|History Ireland Hedge School||Sunday 7th October 1930 hrs||Historians from the University of Limerick, Royal Irish Academy, University of New South Wales and National Maritime Museum, discuss “The Sinking of the RMS Leinster and the War at Sea”. Free entry.|
|Dublin & Anglesey Welsh Male Voice Choirs sponsored by Ms Rachel Burke.||Monday 8th October 2000 hrs||Combined Irish – Welsh choral event in the Maritime Museum. Tickets €15. Booking essential|
|RMS Leinster Seminar “RMS Leinster One Hundred Years On – Exploring Various Facets of the Sinking”. Open Day. Launch of Philip Lecane’s book Women and Children on the RMS Leinster||Tuesday 9th October.
1030 – 1800
with break for lunch
|Speakers from Australia, Royal Irish Academy, An Post and the Maritime Museum, a RMS Leinster relative and a researcher. Tickets €10. Booking required.|
|RMS Leinster National Commemoration Centenary Day Open Day||Wednesday 10th October0900 – 2100 Official Centenary Commemoration Day||Ecumenical Service 0930 St. Michael’s Church, Dun Laoghaire. All welcome. Radio link to Holyhead. Details of Public Commemoration to be advised in due course.|
|Open Day Bus departs Dun Laoghaire 1000 hrs||Thurs 11th October||Guided bus tour of RMS Leinster graves in Grangegorman Military Cemetery followed by a visit to Phoenix Park OPW Interpretive Centre 1000 – 1500 hrs. Bus Tickets €10. Booking essential, with priority given to relatives.|
|Open Weekend||Friday, Saturday and Sunday 12th – 14th October 2018.||Family visits to the Maritime Museum are very welcome.|