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Saturday 23 September 2017

Cork marks centenary of US Navy deployment

Elizabeth Helmer at the plaque unveiling at the former British Admiralty House in Cobh Picture: Daragh McSweeney/Provision
Elizabeth Helmer at the plaque unveiling at the former British Admiralty House in Cobh Picture: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

One hundred years to the day since six US Atlantic Fleet destroyers steamed into an Irish port to help battle German U-boats in World War I, the great-granddaughter of the US Navy commander involved helped commemorate the anniversary.

Elizabeth Helmer is the great-granddaughter of Joseph Taussig who led the American destroyer detachment into Cobh, Co Cork, to help keep open the strategic Atlantic approaches.

Commander Taussig, who was the captain of USS Wadsworth, steamed into Cobh (then known as Queenstown) on May 4, 1917, when World War I was in the balance due to German U-boats sinking the merchant vessels on which the Allies depended.

To mark the anniversary, the Port of Cork staged a special commemoration complete with the unveiling of a memorial plaque by Ms Helmer.

Irish Independent

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