Maritime history of Ireland: Irish Mercantile Marine during World War II, Irish maritime events during World War II, SS Irish Oak

 
9781156817414: Maritime history of Ireland: Irish Mercantile Marine during World War II, Irish maritime events during World War II, SS Irish Oak
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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 34. Chapters: Irish Mercantile Marine during World War II, Irish maritime events during World War II, SS Irish Oak, RNLB Mary Stanford, MV Kerlogue, Irish Shipping, The Sinking of the Rochdale and the Prince of Wales, ST Leukos, Jeanie Johnston, Ouzel Galley, SS Irish Pine, Asgard II, SS Sirius, Kingstown Lifeboat Disaster, Mariners' Church, Dún Laoghaire, Aud, Innisfallen, History of the Irish Naval Service, National Maritime Museum of Ireland, Dunbrody, Dublin Shipping, SS Lady Wicklow. Excerpt: The Irish Mercantile Marine during World War II continued essential overseas trade during the conflict, a period referred to as The Long Watch by Irish mariners. Irish merchant shipping saw to it that vital imports continued to arrive and exports, mainly food supplies to Great Britain, were delivered. Irish ships sailed unarmed and usually alone, identifying themselves as neutrals with bright lights and by painting the Irish tricolour and EIRE in large letters on their sides and decks. Nonetheless twenty percent of seamen serving in Irish ships perished, victims of a war not their own: attacked by both sides, though predominately by the Axis powers. Often, Allied convoys could not stop to pick up survivors, while Irish ships always answered SOS signals and stopped to rescue survivors, irrespective of which side they belonged to. Irish ships rescued 534 seamen. At the outbreak of World War II, known as "The Emergency", Ireland declared neutrality and became isolated as never before. Shipping had been neglected since the Irish War of Independence. Foreign ships, on which Ireland's trade had hitherto depended, were less available; Neutral American ships would not enter the "war zone". In his Saint Patrick's Day address in 1940, Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Éamon de Valera lamented: "No country had ever been more effectively blockaded because...

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