The Sinking of the R.M.S. Leinster

Remembering the RMS Leinster

R.M.S. Leinster
RMS Leinster - click for larger view

On 10 October 1918, in the final weeks of the First World War, the City of Dublin Steam Packet Company steamship RMS Leinster was torpedoed and sunk by German submarine UB-123.

The City of Dublin Steam Packet Company did not have a passenger list. In the aftermath of the sinking the company estimated the loss of life as being 501. With the documentation to support our research, the RMS Leinster website team has established that 571 people were lost in the sinking. 

The sinking resulted in the greatest ever loss of life in the Irish Sea and highest ever death toll on an Irish-owned ship. Attempting to return to Germany, UB-123 was lost in a minefield in the North Sea with all of its 36 crew.

Those who were lost in the sinking of the RMS Leinster came from Ireland, Wales, England, Scotland, the Channel Island of Guernsey, Canada, the United States, Australia and New Zealand. The crew of UB-123 all came from Germany.

This website was created to commemorate all those who were aboard the RMS Leinster and UB-123. For information on the team who are involved in running the site, please see the Contact page

For information on all those who were known to have been aboard the RMS Leinster, please see the People on Board section.

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 and subsequently, the sinking was finally remembered on both sides of the Irish Sea.

To continue reading about the sinking, please click here.

 RTE Radio One's "History Show" marking the centenary of the sinking.
This is a link to a narrated film put on YouTube by Diver and Maritime Historian Roy Stokes, author of the first book to be written about the RMS Leinster sinking. The film, which was made before the RMS Leinster Centenary, has information on the City of Dublin Steam Packet Company, an interview with crew member Bill Sweeney, underwater footage of the wreck, etc.
A piece on the RMS Leinster sinking by Irish Times Journalist Ronan McCreevy.
A video on the sinking of the RMS Leinster and 90th Anniversary Commemoration.






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

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



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