The Sinking of the R.M.S. Leinster
 

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This site is dedicated to remembering those who died on the R.M.S. Leinster and UB-123. It is also dedicated to the people who survived the Leinster sinking and those who rescued them. We would love to hear from you if you have information on anyone who was caught up in the sinking or its aftermath.

If you have any queries we will do our best to answer them.

You can contact us at: info@rmsleinster.com


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We've created a closed Facebook group to faciliatate the exchance of information between those with an interest to the R.M.S. Leinster. Over the next year, leading up to the 100th anniversary of the sinking, we'll be releasing information and images on the page. We hope you will apply to join the group.


Meet the team

The website, rmsleinster.com, was created in 2003 to promote awareness of the R.M.S. Leinster sinking. The site is maintained by three volunteers based on both sides of the Atlantic.

Will Lockhart
Will Lockhart

Will is from OttawaCanada.  He began researching his ancestry at a young age and heard a tale of an ancestor, Frank Higgerty, who had been “torpedoed in Ireland”.  In 1996 the only mention of the R.M.S. Leinster on the internet was on a wreck diving website.  It provided the wreck’s depth, coordinates and suggested it may have been torpedoed.  Determined to learn more, Will went to Ireland that year, at the ripe age of 22, arriving by ferry from Holyhead.  He learned more details through meeting with two historians employed by Irish Ferries and visits to the newspaper offices.  On the 10th October 1996 Will was able to see the RMS Leinster’s anchor near the National Maritime Museum of Ireland.  In the years following Will was surprised by the lack of knowledge about the RMS Leinster’s sinking among the Irish.  He met many Irish people whilst travelling but none that had heard of the sinking.  This did not make sense to him and after connecting online with Philip Lecane he was able to contribute to ensuring the story was not forgotten through the creation and maintenance of the website rmsleinster.com.  Will is planning to return to Ireland for the 100th anniversary of the sinking.

Philip Lecane
Philip Lecane

Philip moved to Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin (known as Kingstown at the time of the R.M.S. Leinster sinking) in 1984. He first became aware of the sinking when a number of references were made to it at local history society meetings. Surprised that so little was known about the event, he was drawn to research the story. In 2005, his book Torpedoed! The RMS Leinster Disaster was published. In 2003 and 2008 he chaired committees which planned very successful R.M.S. Leinster commemorative events. He worked with Canadian Will Lockhart to create the website www.rmsleinster.com. In 2015, his book Beneath a Turkish Sky: The Royal Dublin Fusiliers and the Assault on Gallipoli was published. Shortly after retiring in 2016, he became a volunteer in the Library Service of Ireland’s National Maritime Museum, working with Librarian Brian Ellis.

Brian EllisBrian Ellis

Brian has lived in Dun Laoghaire for most of his life. His maternal ancestor, his great grandfather, John Rowlands, was born in Holyhead and was an officer with the City of Dublin Steam Packet Company (CDSPCo.). John Rowlands’ nephew, Hugh Rowlands, was a Ticket Clerk with the CDSPCo. and was lost in the sinking of the R.M.S. Leinster. A combination of family connections and an interest in family history encouraged Brian to continue research into the crew and passengers who were on the R.M.S. Leinster on 10th October 1918. This includes updating the list of those involved, tracing relatives and researching burial records for those who died in the sinking. Brian is the Librarian in the National Maritime Museum in Dun Laoghaire.

Inside the Leinster

Leinster interior
Interior of the Leinster, courtesy of Ingemar Perup. Click for a larger image.

 

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