Wednesday 13 November 2019

Divers recover main telegraph from sunken Lusitania

Lusitania Main Ship Telegraph being recoverd from the wreck site
Lusitania Main Ship Telegraph being recoverd from the wreck site
Ryan Nugent

Ryan Nugent

DIVERS have recovered the main telegraph from the sunken RMS Lusitania off the coast of Kinsale, Co Cork.

The ship was struck by a torpedo from a German U-boat off the Head of Kinsale on May 7, 1915, while en route from New York to Liverpool.

Previous attempts made to raise the telegraph had proven unsuccessful. However, recreational divers, licensed by Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Minister Heather Humphreys, located the telegraph and marked it on the sea bed in recent days.

It was brought to surface on Tuesday in "undamaged and excellent condition" according to Ms Humphreys.

Lusitania Main Ship Telegraph after its recovery
Lusitania Main Ship Telegraph after its recovery

"I also understand that the owner of wreck, Gregg Bemis, intends to place the telegraph, and the pedestal successfully recovered last year, on display in a local museum, along with other artefacts he has recovered during earlier dives, which is great news for the local community," the minister said.

The cause of a second explosion which sunk the vessel and led to the loss of 1,198 lives is still being probed.

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