Laurentic tragedy one hundred years on

Relatives in Inishowen this week to mark a century since the ship was lost

Relatives of the Laurentic victims and survivors are in Inishowen this week to mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the ship.

A total of 354 people died when the 565ft White Star liner was destroyed by German mines at the mouth of Lough Swilly after it left Buncrana on January 25, 1917.

Most of the dead died from exposure in the freezing waters between Malin Head and Fanad Head, but 121 crewmembers managed to survive.

In a poignant moment, some 35 relatives – from across Ireland, Scotland, England and Canada – will travel in a flotilla of small boats to the site of the shipwreck this Sunday, one hundred years on.

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Donna Roddy