RMS Leinster – Centenary on in National Maritime Museum of Ireland

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.