45 – A Simply Wonderful Film By Katie Lincoln

45 – A Simply Wonderful Film By Katie Lincoln

It is such a privilege to include this wonderful film by Katie Lincoln.

For everyone that knows of Reilly’s Bar, and indeed the brilliant game of 45 that takes part there every Friday night, you’ll appreciate the truly unique nature of this place and weekly event.

Michael once described the game of 45 as being “a microcosm of life”. And, in so many ways that is really true. But, it’s also just not about the cards. The players, their lives, their stories and Ardmore itself all becomes part of the mix.

Personally, this card game should be remembered up there with the Round Tower, the Cliff Walk, Declan’s Stone and lots of other things that people think off when they think of Ardmore.

And, for anyone that has ever played in the game there you’ll know of the magic that can exist there. It will amuse you, annoy you, baffle you, get you cross, cause a dispute but at the end of the day it will still always make you smile.

Truly a special place and game. And, Katie Lincoln and Michael O’Reilly have preserved this for generations to come.

This insightful documentary is directed by Katie Lincoln and produced by Ruth Treacy (Tailored Films). The director of photography is Julianne Forde and the editor is David O’Brien.

From the producers:

“45 is the great card game of the Irish countryside. What do you do to get by on the long lonely nights? For Michael, Tommy and Brian – they play 45.”

We would like to thank Katie Lincoln and Ruth Treacy of Tailored Films for letting us show this film on our heritage site.

New Winter Festival For Ardmore

New Winter Festival For Ardmore

The Ardmore-Grange Heritage is delighted to announce that we have recently been selected by Waterford County Council to receive funding to develop a winter heritage festival in Ardmore.

As one of Ireland’s oldest Christian sites, Ardmore is uniquely positioned on Ireland’s Ancient East to offer considerable value to everyone involved.

More details to follow very soon …


Remembering Easter 1916 – Ardmore Waterford

Remembering Easter 1916 – Ardmore Waterford

100 years on we appropriately remember all those involved in Easter 1916.

Remembering Easter 1916

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Hans Rose And The Crew Of The U-53

Hans Rose And The Crew Of The U-53

On any sunny day on the cliff walk in Ardmore, you’ll expect to see many locals and visitors alike looking out to sea hoping to catch glimpse of the whales that grace our coast line. Fortunately, these encounters are also far more frequent.

And, we are hoping that our recent series of posts on the shipwrecks along the coast of Ardmore will also attract the curiosity of visitors and residents.

In this post we return to our stories of the loss of the Folia on the 11th March, 1917. And, we’ll concentrate now on sharing more about the U-53, Captain Has Rose and his crew.


The U-53
The U-53 was commissioned on the 22nd April 1916 and was a class U-51 type of submarine.

It had a speed of 17.1 knots (31.7 km/h) when surfaced and 9.1 knots (16.9 km/h) when submerged.

It had a range of 9,400 nautical miles (17,400 km; 10,800 mi) at 8 knots (15 km/h; 9.2 mph) surfaced and 55 nautical miles (102 km) at 5 knots (9.3 km/h; 5.8 mph) submerged. And, was expected to reach a test depth of 50 m.

It had a complement of 36 sailors and its armaments included 4 × 50 cm (19.7 in) torpedo tubes torpedo tubes (two bow, two stern), 7 torpedoes and 2 × 8.8 cm (3.5 in) deck guns.

It took part on13 patrols until the11th November 1918. And it reported having sunk 87 merchant ships sunk (224,314 tons), 1 warship (1,050 tons) and 10 merchant ships damaged (46,339 tons).

On the 1st December 1918 it surrendered and was broken up at Swansea in 1922.


The Captain Of The U-53
Hans Rose was in command of the U 53 from 22 April 1916 – 17 August 1918. He was born on 15 April 1885. And, was one of the most respected, highly decorated and successful German U-Boat commanders during World War I.

He was known for his courage and humanity in battle. After torpedoing a vessel he would make sure their crew were all in their lifeboats, take them in tow, provide food and waited for a rescue ship to appear on the horizon, free the tow line and submerge, many times putting his own vessel at risk.

Rose sank 79 ships for a total of 213,987 tons during the WW1.

Rose was also well known for an incident in September 1916 when he brought the U-53 to Newport Rhode Island.


To everyone’s amazement, docked and entertained American Navy personnel on board. The new German U-53 anchored at Newport. The crew visited with Americans, allowed visits on their boat.
And, then on the next day sank 5 foreign merchant ships off Nantucket in international waters while 16 American destroyers stood by.

Here’s a New York newspaper of the time highlighting how big this event was in the media.


The North German Gazette gives the following details of the voyage of the German submarine U-53 to America and back:

“In spite of the frequent bad weather the behaviour and the enthusiasm of the officers and the crew left nothing to be desired from the beginning to the end of the voyage. For instance, every evening the men who were not on watch assembled in the narrow tower and sang patriotic songs. During a storm which the U boat had to face on its return journey on the Newfoundland Bank there was a very fierce sea, with waves like mountains, which the boat took admirably without shipping any water into the tower. You could have imagined yourself in an Alpine landscape, and the men held one another up in the tower to admire the wonderful prospect.

The Gulf Stream was extraordinarily useful on the return journey. But for nautical reasons it was necessary to get out of the current in the neighbourhood of the Newfoundland Bank for some time, and the temperature of the water fell in the space of six hours from 22 degrees to 8 degrees, since the boat during this time crossed from the Gulf Stream into the cold Labrador current. This extraordinary drop in the temperature was very unpleasant, especially for the men on deck. On the return journey the boat had to submerge for two days on the North of Scotland owing to the bad weather.”



“The American naval officials in Newport proved most agreeable in every way. But it must be said that the Chief of,the Naval Station was visibly relieved when he heard from the captain of the U boat that he did not require to replenish his fuel or his food. The captain had the impression that if he had made such requests he would have encountered difficulties from the American officials.

The U boat during its two hours’ stay was visited by an extraordinary number of visitors especially American naval officers, who were in some instances accompanied by their wives. All gave a hearty welcome to the U boat and its crew. But in some cases, human nature being so, the behaviour of the visitors was different. While, for instance, the wife of an American admiral promised to keep as a souvenior for all time the cake which the captain gave her, her daughter ate up the portion which was given to her on the spot.”


“The U boat was signalled from Newport some time in advance, so that the officials were ready for her arrival. U53 engaged in “cruiser warfare” after leaving Newport. The first ship that she met was the American ship the Kansas. It required a lot of trouble to persuade her to send an officer on board the U boat for the examination of her papers. The captain of the ship engaged in a long conversation with the Morse code. And after he had been dismissed with his papers he began at once in the liveliest fashion to use his wireless to announce his experiences with the U boat. But the submarine succeeded in preventing the transmission of the ship’s signals by its own wireless.

The crew of the English ship the Strathdene consisted almost entirely of coloured men, Chinese and negroes. The Norwegian vessel. Christian Knudsen, had 7,500 tons of oil on board for London. But U53 did not replenish its oil supply from this ship as has been reported. Quite an extraordinarily long time was allowed the Knudsen to save its crew.


The English ship Westpoint, as soon as it caught sight of the U boat and learnt its hostile character, signalled without interruption the well-known ‘S.O.S.’ call for help, although it was not, in the ordinary sense, in danger, but only in a military sense.

The English passenger boat, the Stephano, lost no time. While the U boat was engaged with the Dutch ship, the Blommersdijk, and before the submarine gave the signal that its papers should be sent, it began at once to place its papers and crew in its boats. When the U boat came up the ship had already been deserted. It was at that time only a few thousand yards distant from the fireship.

While the U boat was conducting its operations sixteen American destroyers in all assembled in the vicinity of the lightship (Nantucket), without, however, in any way concerning themselves with the military measures of the U boat or disturbing them.” ‘Nottingham Evening Post,’ 10th November 1916.
On the 11th February 1916, Hans Rose was awarded the Knights Cross of the House of Hohenzollern.

The Sinking of The USS Jacob Jones
On 6 December, 1917,Kapitan Rose torpedoed and sank the USS Jacob Jones. This was the first American destroyer lost during WWI. He fired his torpedo from 3000 yards setting a record for the longest torpedo shot.


Rear Admiral Sims, U.S. Navy describes Has Rose as “We acquired a certain respect for Hans because he was a brave man who would take chances which most of his compatriots would avoid, and above all because he played his desperate game with a certain decency. “

On the 6th December 1917, the Jacob Jones (Lt Cdr David Bagley) was based at Queenstown, southern Ireland on anti-submarine duties, was one of six destroyers returning from Brest after escorting a convoy to France. The USS Jacob Jones was struck by a single torpedo in a starboard fuel tank, as the stern sank her depth charges exploded dooming the ship. She was hit at 16.20hrs, going down in 8 minutes. Of the 38 survivors, two were taken prisoner by the U-boat, others rescued by two British ships that responded to a radio signal sent out by ‘U.53’s’ Hans Rose.

And, on 20th December, 1917, Hanse Rose was awarded the Pour le Merite for his bravery and achievements. He was also awarded the Ritterkreuz des Hohenzollerschen Hausordens mit Schwertern.

He was known to British Intelligence as ‘Old Hans is at it again’


The U-53 Crew


After some searching, we were able to locate some information on the other crew on board.

Arps, Hans (rank Leutnant z.S) served on U 30, U 53, U 96, U 90
Bergen, Claus served on U 53
Bode, Hans served on U 53
Burchard Helmuth (rank Marine Ober Ingenieur) served on U 53
Engel, Karl (rank Leutnant z.S.d.R) served on U 2, U 53
Esch, Günther (rank Oberleutnant z.S) served on U 57, U 99, U 53
Haumann, Waldemar (rank Kapitänleutnant) served on U 24, U 53, U 52, UB 94
Hering, Adolf (rank Marine-Oberingenieur)served on U 53
Huber, Anton served on U 54, U 53
Möller, Henning (rank Marine-Oberingenieur) served onU 6, U 53
Obenauer, Georg (rankOberleutnant z.S) served on U 53
Osterbind, Alfred (rank Oberleutnant z.S) served on U 70, U 53, U 46
Rose, Hans (rank Kapitänleutnant) served on U 2, U 53
Schiele, Arnold served on U 53, UB 95
Schnackenburg, Franz (Leutnant z.S)served on U 53, UB 89
Schrader, v Otto (rank Kapitänleutnant) served on UB 28, UB 35, UC 31, UB 64, U 53
Schröter, Bruno Hermann served on U 53
Stein, Walter (rank Oberleutnant z.S.d.R) served on U 2, U 53, U 57
Wacker, Karl (rank Oberleutnant z.S) served on U 53, UB 22


Vessels torpedoed
79 ships sunk

Total tonnage 213,987 tons
8 damaged 45,291 tons
1 warship 1,050

SS Bloomersdijk
SS ChristianKnutsen
SS Stephano
SS Strathene
SS West Point
SS Anna
SS Zeta
SS Nueva Montana
SS Nueva Montana
SS Algorta
SS Hekla
SS Odin
SS Housatonic
SS Aimee Marie
SS Bangpuhtis
SS Bravalla
SS Marian
SS Gazelle
SS Utopia
SS Theodoror Pangalos
SS Federico Confalonieri
SS SS Cavour
SS Lars Fostenes
SS Sriatoi Theodor (damaged)
HMS Folia
SS Gracia
SS Hainut
SS Aquila
SS Scalpa
SS Sculptor
SS Tempus
SS Pontiac
SS Neepawah
SS Eptapyrgion
SS Anglesia
SS Ferndene
SS Elisabeth (damaged)
SS Laura
SS Hekla
SS Ultonia
SS Asheim
SS Atlantic
SS Cedric
SS Mable
SS Pacific
SS Peridot
SS Pretoria
SS Romantic
SS Sea King
SS Stoic
SS Athenia
SS Devonian
SS Roscommon
SS Verdi
SS Durango
SS Kenmore
SS Bostonian
SS Gowrie
SS Lewis Luchenbach
SS San Nazairo (damaged)
SS Manchuria
SS Polvena
SS Parkhaven
SS Megrez
SS Nederland
SS Westlands
SS Dunrobin
SS Helenus (damaged)
SS Earlswood (damaged)
USS Jacob Jones
SS Nyanza
SS War Tune
SS Ǿiekast
SS Euryales
SS Treveal
SS Holkar
SS Marsouin
SS Basuta
SS Lydie
SS Merton Hall
SS Meaford
SS Cadillac
SS Knight Templar
SS Port Campbell
SS Keelung
SS Queen
SS W.m.I
SS Gullfaxi
SS War Firth
SS Rio Mondego

The Wreck Of The Folia Lies Peacefully Off Ardmore

The Wreck Of The Folia Lies Peacefully Off Ardmore

On March 11, 1917, the Folia, was en route from New York to Bristol, and travelling off the coast of County Cork when she was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-53 with the loss of seven lives.folia

We their permission are pleased to include information from the INFOMAR project about where the ship is located.

The Wreck is Location 7km South of Ram Head. Coordinates -07° 41’ 20.77” W 51° 52’ 51.82” N and at a water depth of 33 m.

The SS Folia lies in a general sea depth of 33m and is orientated almost E-W and is badly broken up. A few high points remain including the bow area, the boilers and the stern area consisting of the rudder and small antiaircraft gun.


Wrecks over 100 years old and archaeological objects found underwater are protected under the National Monuments (Amendment) Acts 1987 and 1994. As the SS Folia is over 100 years old, it is protected and a license is required to dive the site which can be obtained


Under the legislation all diving on protected wreck sites or with the intention of searching for archaeological underwater material is subject to such licensing requirements.

Covering some 125,000 square kilometres of underwater territory, INFOMAR (the INtegrated Mapping FOr the Sustainable Development of Ireland’s MARine Resource) project will produce integrated mapping products covering the physical, chemical and biological features of the seabed. INFOMAR will initially focus on 26 priority bays and three priority areas around the coast delivering: hydrographic maps, illustrating everything from sandbars to underwater canyons and cliffs; seabed classification maps showing the type of sediment on the seabed. INFOMAR provides key baseline data to support coastal and inshore development.

Making this information available to the world aims to stimulate research and development
of Ireland’s 220 million acres under the sea. The data will be of interest to fisheries managers, aquaculture operators, coastal zone managers and engineers, offshore engineering
interests, licensing authorities and those carrying out environmental impact
assessments. Indeed this unique dataset is of interest in its own right because of the sheer volume of data collected



Ardmore – Where Two World’s Collided

Ardmore – Where Two World’s Collided

With an abundance of wonderful sea views, beautiful beaches and heritage-laden shores as far as the eye can see, the temptation to stay longer in Ardmore in County Waterford is practically impossible to resist.

The pillars of Ireland’s Ancient East, are proudly displayed around every corner of our wonderful coastal village and each unveils something truly amazing. And with so much inspiration at your fingertips, we want to share a lesser-known but true-life story from our shores. This story has not been in view for most except for those that explore our deep waters.

This story will transport you back 100 years ago to a time of the First Great War or WWI. It is the story of two vessels that crossed paths. Two captains on opposing sides. Seven sailors who lost their lives. And, a shipwreck that lies silently and in peace only a few miles off the coast of Ardmore.

The First Vessel In Our Story – “The Folia”

The SS Folia was originally called The “Principe di Piemonte” and was built by James Laing & Co. And, was part of Lloyd Sabaudo shipping line. Launched on 28/2/1907 it originally sailed from Genoa to New York via Naples and Palermo. In December 1913 she commenced her last voyage for the Sabaudo line. And, was sold to the Canadian Northern Steam ship line. And, she was subsequently hired to the British company, Uranium Steamship Co. who renamed her “Principello”. Captain Francis Inch was the captain of the Principello whilst she was in their service.


Her details were – 6560 gross tons, length 430ft x beam 52.7ft, two funnels, two masts, twin screw and a speed of 14 knots. There was accommodation for 120-1st class and 1,900-3rd class passengers.

Then in 1915 she was sold to Cunard Line and renamed “Folia”. On March 11, 1917, the Folia, was en route from New York to Bristol, and travelling off the coast of County Cork when she was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-53 with the loss of seven lives.

The Second Vessel In Our Story – “U-53”

The U-53 was commissioned on the 22nd April 1916 and was a class U-51 type of submarine.

It had a speed of 17.1 knots (31.7 km/h) when surfaced and 9.1 knots (16.9 km/h) when submerged.

It had a range of 9,400 nautical miles (17,400 km; 10,800 mi) at 8 knots (15 km/h; 9.2 mph) surfaced and 55 nautical miles (102 km) at 5 knots (9.3 km/h; 5.8 mph) submerged. And, was expected to reach a test depth of 50 m.


It had a complement of 36 sailors and its armaments included 4 × 50 cm (19.7 in) torpedo tubes torpedo tubes (two bow, two stern), 7 torpedoes and 2 × 8.8 cm (3.5 in) deck guns.

It took part on13 patrols until the11th November 1918. And it reported having sunk 87 merchant ships sunk (224,314 tons), 1 warship (1,050 tons) and 10 merchant ships damaged (46,339 tons).

On the 1st December 1918 it surrendered and was broken up at Swansea in 1922.

The Captains – Captain Francis Inch And Captain Hans Rose 

Captain Francis J. D. Inch was born on the 30th May in 1877 Not an awful lot is known about Captain Inch although despite the fact that he seemed to have been unfortunate on the ships he was involved in. For example, another ship the Volturno disaster caught fire at sea with the lost of 136 souls. Another Ship’s Captain as: “Captain Inch was a very fine seaman, courageous to a degree and imbued with a fine sense of duty. I think I may say I never had a more capable or competent Chief Officer.” We have read that Captain Inch retired from the sea about 1929 and died on the April 22, 1932 aged 53.



The U-53 was commanded by Hans Rose. He was born on 15 April 1885. And, was one of the most respected, highly decorated and successful German U-Boat commanders during World War I.


Rose gained considerable respect both from other U-Boat commanders and also from those that sailed the vessels that was sworn to attack. In particular, he was celebrated for his sense of fairness and humanity. It was even known that when he torpedoed a ship that he would wait until all the lifeboats were filled. There are also reports that he would even provide food and wait until rescue ships were approaching.

We’ve even heard from a book by Lawrence Perry, published in 1918 called “Our Navy In The War”, that Rose had quite a sense of humor. He even sent radiograms telling his enemy of his position and saying “Come and get me, I am waiting. Hans Rose.” Needless to say the U-53 wasn’t there.

Rose sank 79 ships for a total of 213,987 tons during the WW1.

Rose was also well known for an incident in September 1916 when he brought the U-53 to Newport Rhode Island (we have another post coming soon on this incident soon).

Hans Rose also served in a training capacity during WWII and died on the 6th December 1969 (aged 84).


The Sinking Of The Folia

We include a vivid description of what happened when those two ships and captains crossed paths. It was relayed by Sir Edgar T. Britten, R.D., R.N.R. in his autobiographical volume ‘A Million Ocean Miles’.

‘It was a quarter-past seven in the morning that the Third Officer observed the periscope of a submarine some 500 feet from the ship and nearly abeam. Immediately afterwards he saw the feathery wake of a torpedo approaching, and a second later the Folia was hit amidships, the explosion smashing two of her lifeboats. Seven of the crew, including the Second Engineer, were also killed by the explosion, and the Folia herself began rapidly to settle. Four boats were at once lowered, and the rest of the officers and crew were safely embarked. While the lifeboats were still in the neighbourhood the submarine came to the surface, motored rapidly round the ship and fired four shots into her. She next backed away and fired a second torpedo into the sinking vessel. The U-boat then cleared off, but Captain Inch got his boats together, and instructed the officers in charge to steer on a Nor’west compass bearing. Three of them made fast by painters so as not to get adrift from each other, and in this manner the frail boats stood on their course. About 11 am the Captain, under the fog that had crept up, sighted breakers ahead. Creeping along the line of breakers they at last sighted smooth water at the base of towering cliffs. Pulling for these they saw the outline of a house high above, with people standing in front of it. Shouting in unison the crew succeeded in attracting attention and learned that the place was Ardmore, Youghal, Co. Cork, and from there they proceeded to Dungarvan, where they arrived in time to hear the church bells that evening.’

From another source we’ve also learnt of another personal story of Arthur Miller, a 19 year old radio operator. He was one of the last sailors to leave the Folia. He spent over six hours in the water until he reached the shores of Ardmore.


Reading this chilling account, it is hard not to get a sense of the shear terror that must have faced the sailors on the sea. And, even to get a sense of what faced the sailors in the U-boats in their cramped conditions. It is also hard to marry the images that we all have of Ardmore with the hard realities of War.

But on the 11th March 2017, 100 years later, do spare a thought for all the sailors and their families involved. And, also think of the two captains who only briefly crossed paths on that faithful day.

Watch out for some special activities that will mark the 100 year anniversary of the loss of the Folia on our shores.








War Is Hell.

War Is Hell.

On March 11, 2017,  we will reach the 100 year anniversary of the sinking of the Folia.

She was torpedoed by the German submarine U-53 with the loss of seven lives off the coast of Ardmore.

As with all Anniversaries, it is an opportunity to look back and reflect on what life was like. And, it should becomes instantly clear that there was very little that was glamorous.

Living in such a peaceful village now it is no doubt hard to imagine what it is like to live at a time of war. And, strangely maybe we forget that the submarines primary purpose was to destroy vessels which they saw as their enemy.

As instruments of destruction, U-boats, like the U-53, were very effective but were also not nice vessels to be on.

In fact, according to the BBC of the 375 German U-boats that set sail from German ports in World War One, 202 were lost in action.

We also learn from many accounts that life on the u-boats offered terrible living conditions. Patrols could last anything from three weeks to six months. These ships were cramped and we can only imagine what live was truly like on board.

But it is not too far a jump to recognise that for the hunters and the hunted, war was hell.

One way to get a sense of what it was like for the 30+ men on board is explore a collection of pictures taken from an album of photographs found in the Swan Hunter shipbuilders collection at Tyne & Wear Archives.

The album is from 1918 and documents the a u-boat, U.B. 110, before she was scrapped on the dry docks of Swan Hunter Wigham Richardson Ltd, Wallsend. The twin-screw German submarine U.B. 110 was built by Blohm & Voss, Hamburg.

On the 19th July 1918, when attacking a convoy of merchant ships near Hartlepool, she herself was attacked by H.M. Motor-Launch No. 263 and suffered from depth charges. Coming to the surface she was rammed by H.M.S. Garry, a torpedo boat destroyer, and sunk.

The photographs provide a rare glimpse into the mechanics and atmosphere of the raised German submarine and points to what life must have been like on-board.


The control room looking aft, starboard side.


U-Boat 110, Four bow Torpedo Tubes & forward hydroplanes.


The Four Torpedo Tubes.


Four bow Torpedo Tubes & hydroplane on port side.


Forward Torpedo Room.


A general view looking aft.


The Crew’s lockers.


The Torpedo Room showing an overhead arrangement.


Mess Table, lockers and manholes to accumulation battery.


Torpedo Room looking aft.


Crew space.


Control Room looking aft.


Control Room and access scuttle to conning tower.


Control Room looking forward.


Control Room looking forward.


Control Room looking forward to port side.


Control Room looking forward.


No. 5 compartment.


No. 6 compartment.


Side corner of Engine Room.


Diesel Engine Room.


Electric Control Room.


Electric Control Room looking forward.


After Torpedo Room


Electric Control Room looking aft to port


A general view looking forward.


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War On Film – Life Beneath The Waves

War On Film – Life Beneath The Waves

Continuing our series on the sinking of the Folia on March 11th 1917 off the coast of Ardmore, we include two films that we hope you find of interest.

Both films offer rare glimpses to what it was like to be on board a U-Boat and also an insight to life on the seas for the ships that they attacked.

The first film gives an interesting account to what life was like on the U-boats and also their use during WWI.

It also includes an extract from the Claus Friedrich Bergen. He was the artist who was on-board the U-53 commanded by Hans Rose and captured so many wonderful artwork of his voyages.

The second film was actually created during WWI.  This silent, tinted documentary film presents the exploits of the U-35 with inter title cards in English describing the sinking of various boats during that campaign.

The Seven Lives Lost On The Folia – 11/03/1917

The Seven Lives Lost On The Folia – 11/03/1917

So often, discussions about shipwrecks give a sense of adventure and even treasure on the high seas. But, these images understandably come crashing down when you hear more of the lives lost at sea. Somehow, hearing the names and ages make this even more real. Information on their occupations on-board give an insight to what lives were like. And, then when you learn about their families it makes the tragic consequences of war on everyone even more real.

Below is information on the seven UK and Commonwealth Merchant Navy Seamen that were lost on the Folia sunk on 11 March 1917 by torpedo from the German submarine U-53 approximately 4 nautical miles East-South-East of Ram Head.

William Louis Beer was 40 when he died on 11/03/1917. He was the son Of Eliza Beer, Of 7, Fox Terrace, Stapleton Rd., Bristol, And The Late Samuel Beer. Born in Torquay. Rank: Fireman. Buried: Tower Hill Memorial.

Frank Bidgood was 37 when he died on 11/03/1917. He was the son of George Bidgood, and the Late Polly Bidgood; Husband of Joyce Grindstad (Formerly Bidgood, Nee Harris), Of 31, Regent St., Clifton, Bristol. He was born in Bristol. Rank: Greaser. Buried: Tower Hill Memorial.

David Martin Boyd was 42 when he died on 11/03/1917. He was the son Of The Late James And Agnes Boyd; Husband Of Margaret Mcmillan Boyd (Nee Smith), Of 33, Clifford St., Glasgow. Born in Saltcoats. Rank: Second Engineer. Buried: Tower Hill Memorial.

Edward Daley was 29 when he died on 11/03/1917. He was the son Of Edward And Margaret Daley, Of I, Coronation St., Aberkenfyl, Glam. Born At Newport, Mon. Rank: Trimmer. Buried: Tower Hill Memorial.

Johan Karlsen was 27 when he died on 11/03/1917. He was the son Of Karl Johan And Kristine Aronsen; Husband Of Florence Karlsen (Nee Brown), Of 11, Brickyard Terrace, Cadoxton, Barry, Glam. Born In Norway. Rank: Assistant Refrigerator Engineer Officer. Buried: Tower Hill Memorial.

Samuel Stewart (served As Mackenzie) was 42 when he died on 11/03/1917. He was the son of the Late William And Jane Stewart. Born in Dublin. Rank: Donkeyman. Buried: Tower Hill Memorial.

Edward Albert Ward was 39 when he died on 11/03/1917. He was the son of the Late John Henry And Charlotte Ward; Husband Of Annie Ward (Nee Mcgrath), Of 61, Frogmore St., St. Augustine S, Bristol. Born in Bristol. Rank: Fireman. Buried: Tower Hill Memorial.

If you know any more information on any of these sailors we would love to hear from you.






Coming Home To Ardmore

Coming Home To Ardmore

Fall in love with Ardmore, Waterford.

You know that feeing of coming home.

Feeling safe. Feeling complete.

Knowing that you’re where you should be.

Well that’s what Maureen Moore Tarbox and Ellen Moore Shanahan have shared with us.

Here’s their story:

“Ardmore was the birthplace of our grandmother, Ellen Power. Unfortunately, she died when we were young so the stories of her early Ardmore life did not pass down to us.

Maureen’s first visit to Ardmore came in her twenties. She stayed with her father’s close friend, Tom Keating and his wife Ann, in Mr Keating’s family cottage at the end of Main Street near St Declan’s Church. During this visit Maureen first saw the place where her grandmother was born and lived until 18. When Mr. Keating pointed out the thatched Power cottage where Nana (Power) Moore was raised, Maureen’s heart made an immediate connection.

Many years later Maureen returned to Ardmore with her sister, Ellen. Mary Power took us to the Power cottage to walk around and see it up close. Both of us were taken by the beauty of the beach view and Ardmore. The spiritual and emotional ties we felt to the area were overwhelming.

Ellen asked Mary why Ellen Power left her home to travel alone to Yonkers, NY. Mary’s simple answer, “She had to … She was the oldest and had to go”.

That answer, plus traveling the departure route that Ellen Power took by foot or farmer’s cart, from the cottage to Ferry Point to catch the ferry to Youghal, the train to Cobh and the boat to America, had us reliving some of the heartbreak Ellen must have felt as she departed from Ardmore – especially since she probably knew she would never return. A very emotional experience for both of Ellen’s granddaughters.

Ellen and I came ” home” for her. We reclaimed what she had to give up.

Is it any wonder why we feel the pull of Ardmore?”

Maureen Moore Tarbox
Ellen Moore Shanahan


Below are four paintings of Ardmore that Maureen Tarbox has completed.

The first is a 11×14 giclee of an original oil that Ellen has.

The next is an 9×12 oil painting from St Declan’s Hermitage followed by two 11×14 watercolors – one of St Declan’s Hermitage from higher up on Ardmore Head and the other of the 12 century church and round tower from the road leading up to the tower. The sketches for the paintings were completed during several visits to Ardmore.

Please note that these paintings cannot be copied without permission but we have been given kind permission to use them on the Heritage site.

St Declans Well

Round Tower


Round Tower