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Centenary commemoration

Thursday, 5 October 2017

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AN EVENT has been held to commemorate the Centenary of the sinking of the HMS Drake off Rathlin Island.
Initially scheduled to be held on Rathlin Island, the service was moved to the Ballycastle War Memorial due to adverse weather conditions.
HMS Drake had been part of the Naval escort for convoy HH24 and was under the command of Captain Radcliff.
The ship was torpedoed by German U-boat U79 five miles north of Rathlin Island and later sank in Church Bay with the loss of 18 men; her wreck is marked by a South Cardinal buoy.
In addition to Drake, HMS Brisk a destroyer sent to assist Drake struck a mine laid by U79 the bow was blown off with the loss of 31 men, one other man died from wounds on the October 31 1917.
The events in Ballycastle and on Rathlin Island on Monday gave the community an opportunity to join representatives from Rathlin Community Development Association, Royal Navy, Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Royal British Legion, Royal Naval Association DAERA, RNLI, and Irish Light Commissioners to mark the centenary.

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