- Jan 2015
- Changing trains at Terrapin Station...
How were they lost?Here is a list of merchant ships that Irish Shipping Ltd. had in operation during the war (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_Shipping#List_of_ships_operated_during_World_War_Two).
Of the vessels serving Ireland during the war, I know of at least 9 that were lost to German attacks (Leukos, City of Limerick, Luimneach, Kerry Head, Isolda, Clonlara, Irish Oak, Irish Pine, and Kyleclare). And this isn't counting several other unsuccessful attempts (such as the attacks on City of Waterford).
As mentioned, they didn't - nor the shipyards to build them nor the radar/sonar equipment needed for an effective escort.So assuming they'd had the resources to invest in Naval escorts,
As n=mentioned, they only had 56 ships and got another 15 or so during the war.it would definitely have been worth it to do so. Irish trade was severely hampered during the war and one of the reasons for Irish Shipping Ltd. being set up in the first place is because Ireland realised they couldn't rely on people like Britain for all their shipping needs as they had in the past, so they tried to become more independent in the merchant marine sector.
Where would these ships be carrying cargo?
A typical British North Atlantic convoy had 30 to 60 ships, + 6 to 10 escorts.
So would Ireland put it's entire cargo fleet together to convoy to America?
And so they'd need a dozen or so escorts? (allowing for some to rotated out for leave/repairs/maintenance)