City of Cork Steampacket Company Archive Descriptive List


City of Cork Steam Packet Co Ltd

Return of costs and figures in connection with operation of SS Gower Coast, 3-11 Dec 1924 (London to Cork, Torquay to Cork, London to Torquay).




1924 - 1930


Loss of the SS Lismore

Level: file Extent: [c500 items] + notebook (79pp) Scope and Content:

Large File, with several sub-files, and related notebook of newscuttings. The SS Lismore was lost at sea about 12:30am, 11 July 1924, 8 to 10 miles south of Hook Tower, Co Weford. The sinking was owing to the shifting of cattle in pens on the vessel. All but one of the crew were lost. The main file present contains a c opy of the Report of the Court following the “Formal Investigation into the Circumstances Attending the Loss of the SS ‘Lismore’”. The main file also contains a list of crew and many letters regarding the loss of the vessel, the loss of crew, of cattle and cargo, insurance, and related matters. Also present are three Certified extracts from a Return of Death, in respect of three crew members: William O’Brien (Cork), William Hy Fleury (Waterford), and John Crone (Cork). The sub-files present relate to claims for compensation, in respect of cattle and cargo lost:

(a) (b) (c) (d) (e) (f) (g) (h)

J Cronin, Dublin St

John Donovan, Enniskeane

Ml Cotter, Macroom

Lissarda Co-Op E Duggan, Cork

D Horgan, Cork (Cattle Dealer. 271 cattle, the largest consignment)

Carborundum Company/H Ford & Son Lonsdale & Thompson, Manchester

(i) (j)

D Cronin, Cork Drinagh Co-Op


Cattle Dealers’ Insurance Co Ltd (larger sub -file, 1924-30)

(l) Form undertakings (blank) to be completed by those assigning their interest in a claim

The notebook contains newscuttings regarding the loss of the SS Lismore and subsequent inquiry, 1924. The Company’s new steamer, SS Lismore, sunk about midnight on the night of Thursday 10 July 1924, with the loss of 18 out of a crew of 19. The survivor was seaman John Carley. A court of inquiry into the sinking reported on 14 October 1924. It found that the ship listed owing to the shifting of cattle in one of its pens, and heeled over rapidly owing to the inrush of water through the water rush doors. Recommendations were made as to the carrying of cattle, but it was found that the vessel was in seaworthy condition and that its loss was not caused by the wrongful act or default of the master or other officer. The notebook contains 79 pages with newcuttings. Present loose is a typescript list of the rank, names, and addresses of the vessel’s crew. The final cutting present, from the Freeman’s Journal, 17 Oct 1924, quoting the Liverpool Journal of Commerce, refers to the inquiry as the Irish Free State’s first inv estigation into a maritime disaster. 79pp

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