<!-- it was UB123 not U123-->RMS Leinster was a vessel operated by the City of Dublin Steam Packet Company, served as the Kingstown (now Dún Laoghaire)-Holyhead mailboat until she was torpedoed and sunk by German submarine UB-123 on 10 October 1918, while bound for Holyhead. She went down just outside Dublin Bay at a point four miles (6 km) east of the Kish light. Over 500 people perished in the sinking — the greatest single loss of life in the Irish Sea.
The official death toll was 501. However, research by Roy Stokes, author of Death in the Irish Sea: The Sinking of RMS Leinster
and fellow writer Philip Lecane, author of Torpedoed! The RMS Leinster Disaster
, suggests the actual total was higher.
In 1895, the City of Dublin Steam Packet Company ordered four steamers for Royal Mail service, named for four provinces of Ireland, RMS Leinster
, and ; these four were commonly referred to as "The Provinces".
was 2,640 tons packet steamship
with a service speed of . The vessel, which was built at Cammell Laird
, was driven by a single eight-cylinder triple expansion steam engine
. During the First World War
, the twin propellered ship was armed with one 12 pounder
and two signal guns.
The ship's log states that she carried 77 crew and 694 passengers on her final voyage under the command of Captain William Birch. The ship had previously been attacked in the Irish Sea but the torpedoes... Read More