The Sinking of the R.M.S. Leinster

Remembering the RMS Leinster

R.M.S. Leinster
R.M.S. 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. Current research shows that 569 lives were lost. 

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 theRMS Leinster, please see the People on Board section.

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 was 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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