Arandora Star


Centum Nec Plura V

On Tuesday 2nd July 1940 while on the way to Canada the Arandora Star had been torpedoed off the coast of Ireland by a German submarine.The luxury liner turned troopship had just been converted to a prison ship, equipped with some armaments and overpainted in battleship grey. It was adopting the zigzag course typical of a warship reducing its vulnerability to torpedo fire. On board were 1678 people: Italian, German internees and German prisoners of war, military guards and crew. Less than half of the passengers survived the shipwreck. 

A few days later one of the 14 rescue boats came ashore at Knockvologan beach, empty. It is still there under the sand.

In the publication Arandora Star, Derek Crook, Seth Crook, 2 poets of the Ross of Mull and Miek Zwamborn try to refloat the boat and get it under way again.

Miek Zwamborn