Wreck of the week: SS Laurentic (1917)

White Star liner sank off Donegal after striking a mine

Author: Pat
25th October 2019
 

The SS Laurentic was a 15,000-ton liner from the ‘golden era’ of transatlantic shipping. Built by Harland and Wolff at Belfast, she famously sank in January 1917 carrying a secret cargo of gold – 43 tons to be exact.

Significant salvage operations recovered all but 20 ingots.

Today, the wreck is badly broken and lies in 40 metres of water off Donegal, north coast of Ireland. She is a protected wreck and requires a licence to dive.

Check out this video of a dive on Laurentic by YouTube user, Richard Knights.

 
 
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