The Laurentic

The S.S. Laurentic was built in Belfast in 1907 and would sail for ten years before sinking in January 1917. Three hundred and fifty four sailors lost their lives when she struck a German mine just outside Lough Swilly in Donegal.

As the ship sank below the waves forty three tons of gold, bound for Canada to pay for crucial war munitions, were on board. These images tell the story of her sinking, the rescue effort and the salvage effort to reclaim the lost gold bars.

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