On 27th December 1917 the Clyde Shipping Company Limited wrote a letter to families throughout Waterford and beyond to confirm their worst fears by stating that all hope was now lost for the return of two Waterford steamships – the SS Formby and the SS Coningbeg.

The Waterford Shipping Disaster 1917, as this tragedy was to become known as, is a publication (downloadable from the WCCC website) and a travelling exhibition created by Waterford City & County Council with assistance from the Heritage Council, using archived content from the National Library of Ireland and surviving family members of the crew and passengers.

The Waterford Shipping Disaster 1917 publication can be downloaded from the WCCC website here.

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