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Postby bforsyth » Tue Aug 25, 2009 11:51 am

I have found out recently that a relative Edward Forsyth served on the RMS Leinster but was on leave the day she sank on the 10th of October 1918. I know Edward was a merchant seaman from his CR10 card but would like to confirm if he was indeed a crewman on board the ship. Would anyone happen to have access to information that may shed some light?
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Re: RMS Leinster

Postby bruce » Tue Jul 20, 2010 7:53 pm

he is not listed on the crew in the book,i will ask my nephew who is on the leinster commitee,my granfather john donohoe was chief stoker,he lived to tell the tale.
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Re: RMS Leinster

Postby Strum » Sat Feb 05, 2011 3:59 pm

The Leinster.
Would you be interested in this photo for the Museum Mariner? Poster size, 22 inches X 28 inches.
Needs to be re-framed though. I found it in a Skip years ago when they were renovating the Elfin Hotel.

If not, anybody else is welcome to it.



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Re: RMS Leinster

Postby Mariner » Sun Feb 06, 2011 8:44 am

can you bring it along on the 15th?
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Postby Strum » Sun Feb 06, 2011 2:00 pm

Will do. :D
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Re: RMS Leinster

Postby Enviro500 » Mon Feb 07, 2011 12:16 am

Strum,
Whats on the 15th then ????
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Re: RMS Leinster

Postby Mariner » Mon Feb 07, 2011 1:26 am

Enviro500 wrote:Whats on the 15th then ????
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consider yourself invited - at 8pm
in the Dunlaoghaire Club (aka Eblana Club)
a meet of volunteers who will staff the musuem when it reopens
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Re: RMS Leinster

Postby Enviro500 » Mon Feb 07, 2011 10:21 pm

Mariner,
It might be difficult, a lot of Sub action in the Irish Sea just now..But I will hiik up in May when I arrive over there

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Re: RMS Leinster

Postby Mariner » Mon Feb 07, 2011 11:41 pm

Enviro500 wrote:Mariner,
It might be difficult, a lot of Sub action in the Irish Sea just now..But I will hiik up in May when I arrive over there
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apologies - forgot your residence
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Re: RMS Leinster

Postby spudseamus » Tue Feb 08, 2011 8:36 am

Mariner wrote:
Enviro500 wrote:Whats on the 15th then ????
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consider yourself invited - at 8pm
in the Dun laoghaire Club (aka Eblana Club)
a meet of volunteers who will staff the museum when it reopens


ahh now i would love to be there ,i would but the air fares are a bit of a hassle !! :D
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Re: RMS Leinster

Postby Mariner » Tue Feb 08, 2011 11:34 am

spudseamus wrote:
Mariner wrote:
Enviro500 wrote:Whats on the 15th then ????
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consider yourself invited - at 8pm
in the Dun laoghaire Club (aka Eblana Club)
a meet of volunteers who will staff the museum when it reopens

ahh now i would love to be there ,i would but the air fares are a bit of a hassle !! :D

thanks - its the thought that counts
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Re: RMS Leinster

Postby gorey » Thu Mar 24, 2011 1:56 pm

bforsyth wrote:I have found out recently that a relative Edward Forsyth served on the RMS Leinster but was on leave the day she sank on the 10th of October 1918. I know Edward was a merchant seaman from his CR10 card but would like to confirm if he was indeed a crewman on board the ship. Would anyone happen to have access to information that may shed some light?


Dont have any info on your ancestor, but if Im correct about the ship, Tom Connolly had a model of it in his shop for years - he was only 14 when he ran away to sea and survived the sinking.
I used to work in Connollys during my schooldays
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Re: RMS Leinster

Postby Mariner » Sun Mar 27, 2011 1:25 am

Philip Lecane who wrote the book on the Lenister has compiled a list of all aboard
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Re: RMS Leinster

Postby Rocker » Sat Feb 11, 2012 2:09 pm

I am looking forward to the reopening of the Maritime Musuem as I have been looking into the extended family history and think the father of my uncle by marriage (Billy Maher who was from around Desmond Ave in the 30's) William Maher was on the Leinster. Never took enough notice of elders talking in my youth now I am the older generation and cant answer any question!!
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Re: RMS Leinster

Postby Strum » Sat Feb 11, 2012 5:00 pm

I was told recently that it is open. Not sure though because I haven't checked it out. Mariner :?:
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Re: RMS Leinster

Postby cambria49 » Sun Feb 12, 2012 5:55 am

Mariner wrote:Philip Lecane who wrote the book on the Lenister has compiled a list of all aboard


Yes indeed, my great grandfather is on the list as a survivor.
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Re: RMS Leinster

Postby Rocker » Mon Feb 13, 2012 8:44 pm

Great tip Cambria. I googled Philip Lecane and got a copy of a speech he made and William Maher was mentioned as a stoker who received a medal for saving three people.
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Re: RMS Leinster

Postby ALAN-R » Mon Feb 13, 2012 9:03 pm

Rocker,

My great grandfather was also a survivor of this tragedy.
His name was John Donohoe - chief stoker

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Re: RMS Leinster

Postby Snowhite » Tue Mar 13, 2012 9:03 pm

Just to let anyone that is interested know there is a Play about The Leinster Dissaster in the pipeline, dates to be decided (maybe sometime in September) for The Pavilion Theatre,so do keep an eye out for it. ;)



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Re: RMS Leinster

Postby Strum » Tue Mar 13, 2012 9:15 pm

Jaze I totally forgot Snowy. I said I'd drop it into the shop in the S/C. I still have it if you want it?
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Re: RMS Leinster

Postby Snowhite » Tue Mar 13, 2012 9:17 pm

I'll take it if you dont mind, I'll get it collected if that suits you :)
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Re: RMS Leinster

Postby Strum » Tue Mar 13, 2012 11:01 pm

Sure.
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Re: RMS Leinster

Postby Rocker » Sun Apr 14, 2013 10:13 am

Rocker wrote:Great tip Cambria. I googled Philip Lecane and got a copy of a speech he made and William Maher was mentioned as a stoker who received a medal for saving three people.


I got a copy of Jamie Moran's book "Dean's Grange Cemetery, stories from beyond the grave" yesterday and was reading through it last night. Imagine my excitement when I saw a piece about William Maher - Hero of the Leinster Disaster. William saved at least three people and was awarded a silver medal and certificate for bravery from the Royal Humane Society in 1919. He lived at 52 Desmond Avenue until his death in 1953.
Why i am so interested in this piece is that William's son Billy Maher married my Aunt Lily Jordan and was forever my Uncle Billie. He lead a tough, brave, strong and humane life himself. While a young headstrong lad living in DunLaoghaire he became politically involved and was jailed in Mountjoy for his actions in burning blue shirts in the town. On his release he took the mailboat and settled in London.He settled in Ladbroke Grove (now very posh but a shabby place then). That flat over the years was bursting at the seams with young lads from DunLaoghaire who went to London looking for a job. Billy would meet them at Euston, get them a job in Walls(the factory where he worked all his life) put them up till they found their feet. He joined the Royal Navy and fought the war and was torpedoed three times, spending days in the water and himself saving many comerades during the horrible times. He was left with a permanent treamor in his hands from the experiences.
After the War the family moved to Putney and again Billie became the life and soul of the town. He was quite a small man but strong, tough and drop dead gorgeous looking. His only son James studied well and entered the dipliomatic corps and went to work in Scotland on the Polaris missile base. Jimmy then decided to chuck it all in to follow his acting ambitions and he began in rep and toured throughout England.In the seventies we would regularily see him on Z Cars and Crossroads as well as on the stage. His acting name was James Jordan. He died in his prime and his devestated parents health declined.
Billie had made his life in London but the tattoo on his arm read "Irish and proud of it"
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Re: RMS Leinster

Postby Navanman » Sun Apr 14, 2013 10:37 am

Very interesting story Rocker.

I suspect you were surprised to come across a relation in the book.


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Re: RMS Leinster

Postby Rocker » Sun Apr 14, 2013 11:24 am

I'm reading a bit about William Maher this morning and this is a nice letter received from Mrs Toppin

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