Post Tagged with: "First World War"

All Quiet on the Western Front: Post-Armistice operations off the Welsh coast

HMS AUDACIOUS sinking on 27 October 1914. A major success for German mines during World War I. IWM photograph Q 48342. The Armistice of 11 November 1918 saw an end to much of the hostilities, particularly on the Western Front. However, military operations continued on the home fronts, off the Irish and North seas, acr...

Remembering the RMS LEINSTER (and the MEXICO CITY) – 10 October 1918

The torpedoing of the LEINSTER is well known as the worst loss of life in the Irish Sea during the Great War. The 100th anniversary is being commemorated today by Holyhead Maritime Museum with a special event to be attended by descendants of the crew and passengers. Less well known is the contribution the LEINSTER made...

Remembering the USS TAMPA sunk on 26 September 1918

US Coastguard personnel with church representatives, David James from the West Wales Maritime Heritage Society, and Simon Thomas from The Mission to Seafarers, Milford Haven.   On 23 September 2018, during the Sunday service at St Tyfie and St Faith church, Lamphey, representatives of the US Coastguard Service pre...

MOROL / U-Boat Project 1914–18 Conference: Commemorating the Welsh Experience of The Great War at Sea

Venue: Pater Hall, Pembroke Dock.   The U-boat Project team is delighted to invite you to our two-day MOROL / U-Boat Project 1914-18 conference: ‘Commemorating the Welsh experience of the Great War at sea’, in Pater Hall, Pembroke Dock on 3 and 4 November 2018. Join us to explore the experiences of the mar...

‘Deserved the Iron Cross’ – Tribute to Former captain of VANDALIA from German Submariners

The VANDALIA was torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-96 on 9 June 1918 about 18 miles WNW of the Smalls. At the time, it was owned by the famous Cunard Steamship Co Ltd, Liverpool. The VANDALIA was one of 20 ships lost by the company through enemy action, including their flagship the LUISITANIA on 7 May 1915 with ...

Commemorating The Welsh Experience Of The Great War At Sea

3-4 November 2018 Pater Hall, Lewis Street, Pembroke Dock, SA72 6DD This two-day conference explores the experience of the mariners and communities of Wales who were engaged in Royal Navy, mercantile marine and fishing industries during the First World War. The conference is intended both to showcase research and proj...

100 years ago – the steam ship Boscastle was sunk on 7 April 1918 by U-111

SS Boscastle was built in West Hartlepool for E. Jenkins and Co., Cardiff. Her description at the launch in 1912 were as follows: “Length over all, 309ft.; breadth, 44ft. 9in.; and depth, 32ft. 1 in., with long bridge, poop, and top-gallant forecastle. The saloon, staterooms, captain’s, officers, and engineers...

The War at Sea: Christmas 1917

SS AGBERI: The silent herald The sinking of the SS AGBERI is an event that, at first glance, has not received much attention among scholars, the media, or the wider public. However, when placed in the wider context of the 1st World War, it is plain that the details surrounding her destruction show some of the most impo...

World War One U-boat partnership project gets green light from Heritage Lottery Fund for Wales’ Year of the Sea, 2018

Today the Heritage Lottery Fund announced a grant of £409,700 for the Royal Commission’s partnership project: Commemorating the Forgotten U-boat War around the Welsh Coast, 1914-18.  Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, over the next two years the project will use the latest imaging techniques to re...

New Imaging Techniques Capture Forgotten U-boat

On Christmas Day 1917, U-87 attacked a convoy in St George’s Channel (in particular, the 4812-ton British steamship AGBERI). One of the convoy escorts, P56, was just 150 yards away from the AGBERI when it was struck and turned to ram the submarine while another escort, the BUTTERCUP, fired and hit its conning tow...