The Sinking of the R.M.S. Leinster

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R.M.S. Leinster
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Wednesday, 10 October 2018

CENTENARY of the sinking of the RMS Leinster

10th October 2018 will be the Centenary of the sinking of the RMS Leinster. We are working closely with the National Maritime Museum in Dun Laoghaire to ensure that this event, which affected the lives of so many people, is commemorated appropriately. (Both Philip Lecane and Brian Ellis are volunteers in the Maritime Museum).

The National Maritime Museum is situated in the 180-year-old Mariners Church, Haigh Terrace, Dun Laoghaire. It is only a short distance from the Carlisle Pier in Kingstown (now Dun Laoghaire) from which the RMS Leinster departed on its last voyage. It is also close to the Railway Station and the former Victoria Wharf area where many of the casualties and survivors were brought ashore after the sinking. In the months before and after the 100th Anniversary of the sinking the National Maritime Museum will be have a special display covering the background to the sinking and those involved. The core element of the Centenary is the people who were involved. The display will have particular emphasis on those who were on the RMS Leinster on that day so that we can help relatives and friends to better understand the background to the tragedy.

We are aware that there will be a significant number of relatives who are living far away from Ireland, including North America and Australia, and who may be planning to travel to Ireland for the Centenary. We hope to be able to make their visit as meaningful as possible. Throughout the week of the Centenary the National Maritime Museum will be hosting a number of events and, in the meantime, we will keep you informed, through this website and our regular Bulletins, as details are finalised.

We would be pleased to receive stories and photographs, which relatives may have relating to the sinking of the RMS Leinster, which you may like to share with others through our website and the displays in the National Maritime Museum. You may get in touch with the team at

The RMS Leinster operated between Kingstown (now Dún Laoghaire) and Holyhead, Wales. About half of the ship’s crew came from Holyhead. To sign up for a blog about the Holyhead, Wales perspective on the RMS Leinster sinking and plans to mark the centenary in the town, please click here.

Please note, we have been advised by the Dept. of Culture, Heritage and Gaeltacht that, due to the high level of interest, they are unable to accept new applications for the Official RMS Leinster Commemoration at 10.30 a.m. on Wednesday, 10th October.

The Irish Times - October 11, 1918
Clipping on the Leinster sinking; The Irish Times, October 11, 1918.

Women and Children of the R.M.S. Leinster
Based on the latest research, Philip Lecane’s second RMS Leinster book will be launched as part of RMS Leinster Centenary week.


Video on YouTube
Click here for item on RMS Commemoration.

This site tells:

• Why the ship was sunk just a month from the end of World War 1.

• How the sinking jeopardized peace talks.

• Why, until recently, the sinking has been forgotten.

• How, in October 2003, the sinking was
finally remembered on both sides of the Irish Sea.

Continue reading about the sinking....





City of Dublin Steam Packet Company owned the R.M.S. Leinster


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