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SS Coningbeg Formby Centenary Commemoration

SS Coningbeg Formby Centenary Commemoration

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Dec. 15, 16
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December 2017 marks the centenary of the loss of the Waterford steamships SS Coningbeg and  SS Formby torpedoed on a journey from Liverpool to Waterford in December 1917. The SS Formby left Liverpool around midday on 15th December and the SS Coningbeg left at 2.30pm on the 17th December – neither was heard from again, falling victim to the torpedoes of U-62. 

The torpedoing of the SS Formby and SS Coningbeg in 1917 resulted in the loss of  67 people from Waterford and surrounding areas and was the biggest seafaring tragedy to hit Waterford in the 20th Century.  A memorial to those lost was erected on the quayside opposite Reginald’s Tower in 1997. The aim of the 2017 Centenary Commemoration is to highlight Waterford’s shipping history during World War I and more importantly the lives and stories of those involved in the tragedy.  

Friday December 15th 2017 Large Room, City Hall

  • 19.30p.m. Opening of Commemoration  Programme by Cllr Pat Nugent, Mayor of Waterford City & County Council 
  • 20.00-21.30p.m. Series of 3 talks on  WW1 & Naval Warfare, The  History of the Clyde Shipping Company and  The Loss of the SS Formby & SS Coningbeg with historian Julian Walton and author Richard McElwee

Saturday,  December 16th 2017

  • 11.00 a.m.  Mayoral Reception, Waterford City & County Council, City Hall, The Mall,  Waterford City & County Council 
  • 12.00 Noon Ecumenical Service at Christchurch Cathedral
  • 13.00 p.m.  Laying of Wreath at Memorial to SS Formby & SS Coningbeg  at Adelphi Quay 
  • 14.00 p.m. Reception in the Tower Hotel