Lloyd's Loss book a big draw at Lusitania talk in aid of Friends of Bantry Hospital

OVER 350 packed into the ballroom of the West Cork Hotel on Tuesday night to hear a fascinating talk on the Lusitania and shipping risk, in aid of the Friends of Bantry Hospital.

As published in the Southern Star

Goleen native, maritime lawyer Michael T Kingston delivered the talk, which covered the lead-up to the sinking, the incident itself and the aftermath of the tragedy.

Kingston, who works closely with Lloyd’s of London, spoke about the conspiracy theories, the truths and untruths surrounding the ship , which was torpedoed by a German U-boat on May 7, 1915.

He relayed the story of the O’Driscoll family from Brow Head, who lost two members on board the Lusitania, and the ship’s many other incredible links with the area.

There was even a suggestion that the captain of the U-boat was friendly with a local doctor before the war, and mystery still surrounds what happened the German captain after the sinking, with an unauthenticated letter from his wife read out, which suggested he had committed suicide through remorse.

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