Laurentic bell fetches £12,000

archive – Diving News

Laurentic bell fetches £12,000

A council in Northern Ireland has paid £12,000 at auction for the ship's bell salvaged from the White Star liner Laurentic.

The bell, which was recovered from the wreck off Donegal in 1979 by Londonderry recreational diver Ray Cossum, has been acquired for display by Derry & Strabane District Council. 

More than 350 people died when the Laurentic sank 100 years ago, in January 1917, after striking two mines laid by a German U-boat at the mouth of Lough Swilly.

The 172m vessel, built in Belfast in 1908, had been converted into an armed merchant cruiser at the start of WW1, and was bound for Nova Scotia carrying more than 3000 gold ingots to pay for war munitions.

Most of the gold, worth around £400 million at today's prices, was recovered in the years following the sinking.

The war grave lies at a depth of around 40m. The bell, which was previously owned by Bembridge Maritime Museum in the Isle of Wight, is intended for display in a maritime museum planned for the Ebrington tourist attraction in Derry.

Divernet – The Biggest Online Resource for Scuba Divers

18-Nov-17

LET’S KEEP IN TOUCH!

Get a weekly roundup of all Divernet news and articles 🤿

We don’t spam! Read our privacy policy for more info.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Related Divernet Posts

Do you need to be fit to dive?

Do you need to be fit to dive?

Adventurer, technical diver, stuntman, climber and all-round Action Man Andy Torbet knows a thing or two about keeping fit. Here he gives some basic advice to help us all get back into shape for when we can hit the water again.

Ship shape

The skipper promised me a wreck, so it must be down here somewhere. If the vis was better, I might even be able to see it.

Things fall apart

I can’t quite understand it. How did that happen? Every item of my scuba kit was fine when I put it away.

Free and squeezy

Freediving – it’s basically snorkelling with good PR. It involves holding your breath, often to the point of semi-suffocation. What’s so free about that?

Follow Divenet on Social Media