- Dec. 17, 18
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 were 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