Innisfallen

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This article is about the ships named Innisfallen. For other uses, see Innisfallen Island and Annals of Inisfallen.

There have been five ships named Innisfallen. They served on the Irish Sea route between Cork and Fishguard. The first two were war casualties. The third was broken up. The final two (which have been renamed) are still in service, albeit in warmer waters.

Innisfallen (1896)[edit]

The first Innisfallen was built in 1896. She was torpedoed and sunk, without warning, by a German U-boat U-64 on 23 May 1918, 16 miles east of the Kish Light Vessel. She was on her way from Liverpool to Cork. 10 died. She had been owned by City of Cork Steam Packet Company.

An earlier ship named Innisfallen was built at Blyth, Northumberland in about 1863. It sank with the loss of eight lives in the vicinity of the Goodwin Sands in a storm at the end of November 1897, on a voyage from South Shields to Cowes. It was carrying a cargo of gascoal.

Innisfallen (1930)[edit]

Innisfallen sunk by a mine in River Mersey, 21 December 1940, shown here as passengers escape on lifeboats.
Oil by Kenneth King, Maritime Institute of Ireland

The City of Cork Steam Packet Company built the second Innisfallen in 1930. City of Cork Steam Packet Company, was taken over by the Coast Lines group. They set up their CorkFishguard operation as “B & I Lines” (British and Irish Lines). She sailed the DublinLiverpool route.

Leaving Liverpool on 21 December 1940, she hit a mine off the Wirral shore near New Brighton. All the passengers survived, but four crewmen were lost:

  • W. Doyle, Dublin.
  • Daniel Geary, 39 Temple Acre, Gurranabraher, Cork, Able Seaman, aged 49.
  • James Porter, 15 Upper Oriel Street, Dublin, Able Seaman, aged 49.
  • Joseph Rickard, 70 Saint Peters Terrace, Howth, Seaman, aged 55.

Innisfallen (1948)[edit]

The third Innisfallen was launched in 1948 by B&I. The B&I had an advertising slogan: "Travel the Innisfallen Way". She was sold in 1967, to Hellenic Maritime Lines and renamed Poseidonia. She was broken up at Brindisi in 1985. In 1967 the Irish Government bought B&I Lines from the Coast Lines group.

Innisfallen (1969)[edit]

The fourth Innisfallen was launched in 1969. She sailed the Cork-Swansea route, while her sister ship, the Leinster sailed Dublin-Liverpool. In 1983 all sailings from Cork were closed, as there were not enough passengers.

The Innisfallen was sold to Corsica Ferries who renamed her Corsica Viva. There were several more changes to her name. In 2003 she was sold to Sancak Lines, Turkey, who renamed her Derin Deniz, see [1] She was broken up in 2004.

Innisfallen (1969)[edit]

The B&I Line then renamed the Leinster, which was also launched in 1969 as the fifth Innisfallen. The new 'Innisfallen', being a deeper draught than the previous ship now sailed Cork-Pembroke Dock. In 1986 she was sold to Strintzis Lines and was renamed Ionian Sun. In 2000 Strintzis Lines renamed themselves as Blue Ferries. In 2001 she was sold to Marco Shipping Agency, Dubai and renamed Merdif.