Daily Event for February 20, 2013

It was just another small steamer only 539 tons and 169' long. The Dingle was making her way from Sunderland to Caen, France with a load of coal. A routine trip in normal times, but this was during the Great War. On February 20, 1916 ten miles from the Kentish Knock Light Vessel, Dingle ran afoul of a minefield. The explosion sank the ship taking nine of the crew with her. I have no other information on this loss.
© 2013 Michael W. Pocock

Roll of Honour
In memory of those who lost their lives in
SS Dingle
"As long as we embrace them in our memory, their spirit will always be with us"

Dullighan, Patrick
Edgar, William
Able Seaman
Kerr, Robert
Ordinary Seaman
Leary, Michael
Leckie, John
O'Hare, Stephen
2nd Engineer
Sloan, Charles
2nd Mate
Troland, Daniel
Chief Engineer
Troland, James
Father and son.

Feb. 21, 2015

I understand there was one survivor of the SS Dingle. He was a young 17 year old named McParland from Derrybeg in Newry. McParland told the story of his survival which included the fact that my then 35 year old grandfather, Stephen O'Hare was with him in the water until an hour before McParland was picked up. Due to the fact that was 99 years ago yesterday the family have been talking about and remembering Grandpa Stephen. If you have any more details of the SS Dingle we would love to hear from you, or, indeed any details of the relatives of Mr McParland.

Thanking you for the info already shared,
Brendan Byrne
(Son of Sarah Byrne, nee O'Hare. RIP)

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