WAR SEA TRAGEDY RECALLED AS SUNKEN LUSITANIA IS ‘GIFTED’ TO MUSEUM

16 May 2019 No Comments by The Northern Standard

• Rockcorry divers set a global headline…

By PATSY McARDLE

VETERAN Co. Monaghan divers, and some newcomers to the skills of underwater searches from a new diving club at Rockcorry, are linked to a major international exercise which led, last week, with the “gifting” to an appropriate ship museum, of some initial artefacts from The Lusitania, which was sunk off the Old Head of Kinsale in Cork, on 7th May 1915.

The passenger liner was torpedoed by a German U-Boat, but mystery surrounds the cause of a second explosion which came—as the Lusitania sank 18 minutes later—with the horrific loss of 1,201 lives. As the vessel was ceremoniously gifted to the Old Head of Kinsale Museum on Tuesday last, in the presence of the Co. Monaghan divers, permission was sought for a survey of the wreck, with international divers from Finland, the UK ….

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