Dáil Éireann - Volume 103 - 23 October, 1946

Written Answers. - Damage to Merchant Ships.

[89] [90] Mr. M.E. Dockrell asked the Minister for Industry and Commerce if he will state how many merchant ships, flying the Irish flag, were (a) lost, or (b) damaged, by action, known or presumed, of any of the belligerents in the late war; the names of such ships; whether outward or inward bound when the incident occurred; the approximate date and location of the occurrence in each case; the number of lives lost; the occasion of the loss or damage, whether by torpedo, mine, aerial bomb or shell fire; which belligerent was involved, if ascertained; and whether in each case the loss or damage was admitted by such belligerent and compensation promised or paid.

Mr. Lemass: The information requested, as far as it is available, is given in the following tables:—

STATEMENT No. 1.

IRISH SHIPS DAMAGED BY ACTION, KNOWN OR PRESUMED, OF ANY OF THE BELLIGERENTS DURING THE WAR OF 1939-45.

SHIP

Outward or Inward Bound

Date

Location

Lives Lost

Cause of Damage

Belligerent

Claim made and result

1. S.S.“KERRY HEAD”

Inward to Limerick from Swansea.

1/8/40

Off Kinsale

None

Aerial attack

German

Responsibility admitted by German Government and compensation paid

2. M.V.“LOCH RYAN”

Inward to Arklow from Falmouth, Cornwall.

16/8/40

West Coast of Cornwall.

None

Aerial attack

German

Facts admitted by German Government but liability disclaimed on ground that ship was in zone declared dangerous to shipping in German declaration of the 17th August, 1940. Al. rights to compensation reserved.

3. S.S. “KOSMOS”

Fishing

27/9/40

North of Scotland

None

Aerial attack

German

do.

4. M.V.“EDENVALE”

Inward to Dublin from Limerick.

17/10/40

Coast of Waterford

None

Aerial attack

German

German Government disclaimed knowledge. All rights to compensation reserved.

5. S.S.“LANAHRONE”

At anchor

20/12/40

Liverpool

None

Masonry blown on ship during airraid.

Presumed German

No claim as damage caused by airraid on Mersey area.

6. S.S.“MENAPIA”

Inward to Cork from Cardiff.

27/2/41

Bristol Channel

None

Mine

Not known

No claim made

7. S.S.“GLENCREE”

Inward to Dublin from Barry, Glamorgan.

21/3/41

Bristol Channel

None

Aerial attack

German

German Government disclaimed liability on ground that ship was in zone declared dangerous to shipping in German declaration of the 17th August, 1940. All rights to compensation reserved.

8. S.S.“GLENCULIEN”

Inward to Dublin from Barry, Glamorgan.

21/3/41

Bristol Channel

None

Aerial attack

German

do.

9. S.S.“THE LADY BELLE”

Outward from Dungarvan to Cardiff.

26/3/41

Bristol Channel

None

Aerial attack

German

do.

10. M.V.“EDENVALE”

Inward to Rosslare from Cardiff.

27/3/41

Welsh Coast

None

Aerial attack

German

do.

[91][92]11. M.V.“DUNDALK”

At anchor

5/5/41

River Mersey

None

Air-raid on Mersey area.

Presumed German

No claim as damaged caused by airraid on Mersey area.

12. S.S.“MENAPIA”

Inward to Rosslare from Port Talbot, Glamorgan.

12/5/41

Welsh Coast

None

Aerial attack

Not known

No claim made

13. S.S. “ASSAROE”

Outward from Dublin to Douglas, I.O.M.

15/5/41

Off Howth

None

Aerial attack

German

German Government disclaimed knowledge and liability, stating that ship was in zone declared dangerous to shipping in German declaration of the 17th August, 1940. All rights to compensation reserved.

14. S.S. “GLENAGEARY”

Inward to Dublin from Barry, Glamorgan.

17/5/41

Welsh Coast

None

Aerial attack

Not known

No claim made.

15. S.S. “CITY OF WATERFORD”

Outward from Dublin to Cardiff

19/5/41

Bristol Channel

None

Aerial attack

German sumed German

German Government disclaimed ledge and liability.

16. S.S. “KYLECLARE”

Outward from Limerick to Liverpool

30/5/41

Coast of Waterford

None

Aerial attack

German

German Government disclaimed ability on ground that ship was in zone declared dangerous to shipping in German declaration of the 17th August, 1940. All rights to compensation reserved.

17. M.V.“KERLOGUE”

Inward to Wexford from Swansea.

7/10/41

cardigan Bay

None

Mine

Not known

No claim made.

18. M.V. “EDENVALE”

Outward from Cardiff to Lisbon.

16/10/41

Coast of Cork

None

Aerial attack

Presumed German.

German Government disclaimed know ledge. All rights to compensation reserved.

19. S.S. “GLENAGEARY”

Inward to Dublin from Barry, Glamorgan.

25/10/41

Off Arklow

None

Aerial attack

German

do.

20. S.S. “MARGARET LOCKINGTON.”

Outward from Newry to Swansea.

26/10/41

Coast of Waterford

None

Aerial attack

Not known

No claim made.

21. S.S. “LANAHRONE”

Inward to Dublin from Vigo, Spain.

29/10/41

Off Saltee Islands

None

Aerial attack

Not known

No claim made.

22. S.S. “GLENCREE”

Inward to Dublin from Newport, Mon.

5/11/41

Welsh Coast

None

Aerial attack

German

German Government disclaimed knowledge. All rights to compensation reserved.

23. S.S. “GLENCULLEN”

Inward to Dublin from Barry, Glamorgan.

5/11/41

Welsh Coast

None

Aerial attack

German

do.

24. M.V. “KERLOGUE”

Outward from Rosslare to Oporto.

23/10/43

Coast of Cork

None

Aerial attack

British

Ex gratia compensation paid.

[93] [94] STATEMENT NO. II.

IRISH SHIPS LOST BY ACTION, KNOWN OR PRESUMED, OF ANY OF THE BELLIGERENTS DURING THE WAR OF 1939-1945.

SHIP

Outward or Inward Bound

Date

Location

Lives Lost

Cause of Loss

Belligerent

Claim Made and Result

1. M.V. “MUNSTER”

Outward from Belfast to Liverpool

7/2/40

Near Liverpool

1 as result of injuries

Mine

Not Known

No claim made. Vessel was chartered to British interests and plying between Belfast and Liverpool.

2. S.S. “LEUROS”

Inward to Dublin from Donegal Bay.

12/3/40

North Coast of Ireland

11

Not known

Not known

No claim made.

3. S.S. “CITY OF LIMERICK”

Inward to Liverpool from Cartagena, Spain

15/7/40

West Coast of France

2

Aerial Bomb

Doubtful, presumed German

No claim made. Vess Cargo from Iberian to English port.

4. S.S. “MEATH”

Outward from Dublin to Liverpool.

15/8/40

Near Holyhead

None

Mine

Not known

No claim made.

5. S.S. “LUIMNEACH”

Inward to Drogheda from Huelva, Spain

4/9/40

Coast of Spain

None

Shell fire

Presumed Italian

Italian and other belligerent aut ties disclaimed all knowledge.

6. S.S. “KERRY HEAD”

Outward from Limerick to Newport, Mon

22/10/40

Near Castletownbere

12

Aerial bomb

Presumed German.

German government disclaimed ledge and liability, stating ship in zone declared dangerous to shipping on the 17th August, 1940. All rights to compensation reserved.

7. S.S. “ARDMORE”

Outward from Cork to Fishguard.

12/11/40

Irish Sea

24

Not known

Not known

No claim made.

8. S.S. “INGIDA”

Outward from Rosslare to lightships off Wexford Coast.

19/12/40

Off Wexford

6

Aerial bomb

Presumed German.

No claim made.

9. M.V. “INNISFALLEN”

Inward to Dublin from Liverpool.

21/12/40

River Mersey

4

Mine

Not known

No claim made.

10. S.S. “ST. FINTAN”

Outward from Drogheda to Cardiff.

22/3/41

Bristol Channel

9

Aerial bomb

Doubtful, presumed German.

German Government disclaimed know ledge and liability, stating ship in zone declared dangerous to shipping on the 17th August, 1940.

11. S.S. “CLONLARA”

Outward from Cardiff to Lisbon.

22/3/41

Coast of Spain

11

Torpedo

Presumed German.

No claim made. Vessel sailing in British Convoy.

12. S.S. “CITY OF BREMEN”

Inward to Dublin from Lisbon

2/6/42

Bay of Biscay

None

Aerial bomb

German

German Government admitted responsibility but declined liability on ground that ship was in zone declared dangerous to shipping on the 17th August 1940. All rights to compensation reserved.

[95][96]13. S.S.“IRISH PINE”

Outward from Dublin to Boston.

15/11/42

North American Coast.

33

Not definitely established.

Not definitely established.

No claim made.

14. S.S. “KYLECLARE”

Inward to Dublin from Lisbon.

Last heard of 20/2/43

Between Lisbon and Dublin

18

Not known

Not known

No claim made.

15. S.S. “IRISH OAK”

Inward to Dublin from Tampa, Florida.

15/5/43

North Atlantic

None

Torpedo

Not definitely established.

No claim made.

16. M.V. “CYMRIC”

Outward from Dublin to Lisbon.

Last heard of 24/2/44

Between Dublin and Lisbon.

11

Not known

Not known

No claim made.

17. F.S. “NAOMH CARBHAN”

Fishing

3/5/45

Coast of Waterford

3

Mine

Not known

No claim made.