Whoa! Averaging 66,000 Unique Weekly Readers! 

Local News

MV Princess Victoria memorial service set to recall local ferry disaster losses

1 Mins read
BT Coleraine

A memorial service is to be held to mark the 64th anniversary of one of the UK’s worst peacetime sea disasters, the loss of the Stranraer- Larne Ferry, MV Princess Victoria in the ‘Great Storm’ of 1953.

The service is being organised by the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes MV Princess Victoria Lodge 5050 in association with Mid and East Antrim Borough Council.

The annual event will be held at 11am, 31 January 2017, at the Princess Victoria Memorial, Chaine Memorial Road, Larne.

The Mayor of Mid and east Antrim Borough, Councillor Audrey Wales said: “On the morning of the disaster, the Princess Victoria set sail for Larne at 7.45am.

“After leaving the shelter of Loch Ryan, the ship struggled against winds, with recorded gusts of over 80mph, and mountainous seas, more than 50ft high.

“Despite the valiant efforts of her crew, lifeboat men and other seafarers, the Princess Victoria foundered off the coast of Northern Ireland, within sight of the Copeland Islands near the entrance to Belfast Lough.

“Some 177 people were on board including 49 members of crew with the disaster claiming the lives of 134 people. This had a huge impact on Larne with 27 of the victims being from the town.

“All women and children on board were lost in this tragedy,” said Cllr Wales who added that members of the public are being invited to attend the short service.

“This is to better remember those who lost their lives in this disaster as well as to show respect for the bravery of all those involved in the rescue operation.

“Everyone is then welcome to return to Larne Leisure Centre for light refreshments following the commemoration service,” Cllr Wales concluded.

11364 posts

About author
An article that is attributed to the Causeway Coast Community Team has either involved multiple authors, written by a contributor or the main body of content is from a press release. Got a news-related tip you’d like to see covered on Causeway Coast Community? Email us - [email protected]
Articles
Related posts
Local News

Police are dealing with three security alerts in the Dervock area

1 Mins read
FacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsAppPolice are dealing with three security alerts in the Dervock area following the discovery of three suspicious objects in the area this…
Local News

Four men to appear in court charged with attempted fraud by false representation

1 Mins read
FacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsAppour men, three aged 19 years old and one man aged 22 years old, have been charged with attempted fraud by false…
Local News

Celebrate creativity with free virtual craft sessions this Christmas

1 Mins read
FacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsAppCauseway Coast and Glens Borough Council’s Art’s Service is celebrating creativity this Christmas with free virtual festive workshops for all. You can…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *