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Princess Victoria Memorial - Larne

Photographs Gary Andrews 1999

The memorial at Larne commemorates the loss of one of the first ro/ro ferries the British Railways vessel Princess Victoria. She was lost when water breached her stern doors and flooded the vehicle deck during a violent storm on 31st January 1953 whilst making her usual Stranraer - Larne crossing.

The nature of her sinking received renewed attention in recent years following the loss of HERALD OF FREE ENTERPRISE and ESTONIA which also foundered due to flooding of the vehicle decks.

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MV Princess Victoria Memorial


"On the Morning of 31st January 1953 the MV Princess Victoria left the East  Pier Stranraer, to make its normal crossing to Larne. Off Corsewall point the ship encountered the full fury of the gale which was that day to cause so much damage and loss of life throughout the country, and despite the valiant efforts of her crew, The life boatmen and other seafarers, The Princess Victoria foundered off the coast of Northern Ireland with the loss of 133 lives. Of those lost 27 were inhabitants of Larne whose death this community mourns."




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