W7966 : Cork Harbour Tragedy Memorial

taken 3 years ago, near to An Cobh, Ballynacrusha Cross Roads, Rushbrooke and Ballyleary, Cork, Ireland

Cork Harbour Tragedy Memorial
Cork Harbour Tragedy Memorial
Beacon sited outside the old town hall. The plaque (W7966 : Cork Harbour Tragedy Plaque) contains the following inscription:

On the night of 12 December 1942, in the midst of WW2, a terrible accident occurred in the vicinity of Dognose Buoy, Cork Harbour. The crew of pilot boat “Carraig an Cuan” was tasked with placing a Pilot Pat Lynch on board “Irish Poplar” inward bound for Cork Dockyard. Port Examination launch 3 had to get an Examination Officer on board to check for contraband.
Task completed, both crews encountered enormous difficulty in pulling away from the side of the ship. Winds over 50mph prevailed and visibility was extremely poor. The launches were sucked in towards the stern of the ship and the propeller of the Poplar inflicted damage on both of them. In spite of gallant efforts by Ballycotton Lifeboat crew and others, nobody was rescued and five lives were lost. Miraculously, there was one survivor, James Hogan, who managed to swim to Spike Island – “guided by the flashing light of Spit Bank”.
The above flashing light is the original Spit Bank Light.

A second plaque was later added below the memorial. This reads:
On the 50th anniversary of the Cork Harbour Tragedy of 12th December 1942 We commemorate the following who lost their lives John Higgins CHC Patrick Wilshaw NS Frank Powell NS William Duggan NS Frank Lloyd NS
May they rest in peace.
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Date Taken
Monday, 18 June, 2018   (more nearby)
Monday, 25 June, 2018
Geographical Context
Coastal  Historic sites and artefacts  People, Events  Docks, Harbours 
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Panasonic DC-G9 
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! W 799 664 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:51.0174N 8:17.4752W
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Irish: geotagged! W 799 664
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South-southwest (about 202 degrees)
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Memorial  Monument  Light Beacon  Lighthouse 

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