Annual HMS Laurentic Commemoration
18th May 2018, Fahan
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The Service of Remembrance and Wreath Laying Ceremony to commemorate HMS LAURENTIC will take place at St Mura’s Church of Ireland, Fahan at 11am.
The Laurentic Conference and Commemoration remembers the 354 men who died on the sinking of the SS Laurentic in Lough Swilly Co Donegal in 1917.
Originally built in Belfast by Harland and Wolff for the famous White Star Line to compete which her sister the Titanic on the Trans Atlantic Route from Liverpool to Montreal, Canada. During the out break of WW1 in 1914 while in Montreal she was commissioned as a troop passenger ship. Her finial voyage in 1917 in route to Halifax,Canada from Liverpool carrying a full shipment of Gold Bullion to pay for munch needed war armaments she stopped at Buncrana, Co Donegal, then the base for the Grand British Fleet to relive 4 sick ratings. On the way out of Lough Swilly it hit 2 German mines and went to the bottom. It was carrying over 43 tonnes of Gold in total of which 25 bars have not been recovered and local divers are constantly diving in search of the Gold.