Donaghadee Heritage Preservation Company held an exhibition at the end of January to commemorate the loss of the Princess Victoria on 31 January 1953. This exhibition was held over four days in Donaghadee Parish Church Halls and was fully funded by the Lottery Heritage Fund. The exhibition was attended by relatives of those involved, local members of the community interested in history and children from local primary schools.
— Donaghadee Primary (@donaghadee_ps) January 26, 2018
— Millisle Primary (@MillislePS) January 25, 2018
Excellent community exhibition in #Donaghadee about the 1953 disaster ‘The Sinking Of The Princess Victoria’. 133 lost. Older generation still talk about it today, the impact and memories still very real today along our coast. https://t.co/DBL4xtm5sQ via @YouTube
— Mark Thompson (@MarkThompStuff) January 27, 2018
Services and Act of Commemoration
On Sunday 28th January, a short service was held at Donaghadee Harbour. Donaghadee, Portpatrick and Larne Lifeboats met at the site of the Princess Victoria with floral tributes. The three lifeboats arrived at Donaghadee Harbour and the crews with representatives of Bangor, Portaferry and Newcastle lifeboat crews attended the commemoration service in Donaghadee Parish Church.
You can read Ken’s account of the disaster here, which he read at the church service.
We were honoured to go to sea yesterday with our colleagues from @LarneRNLI @RNLIPortpatrick for the 65th Anniversary of the MV Princess Victoria disaster. @DonaghadeeRNLI Coxswain Philip McNamara made a short dedication afterwhich wreaths were laid and a moments silence observed pic.twitter.com/dvtowxw61U
— Donaghadee Lifeboat (@DonaghadeeRNLI) January 29, 2018
Today marks the 65th Anniversary of the loss of 133 lives when MV Princess Victoria sank during a storm in the North Channel in 1953.
The deadliest maritime disaster in UK waters since World War II. pic.twitter.com/OK3xnKNjhO
— Donaghadee Lifeboat (@DonaghadeeRNLI) January 31, 2018
British Railways flag flies on Donaghadee Harbour at the end of Jan each year to remember the Princess Victoria ferry disaster, 31 Jan 1953. pic.twitter.com/ONNmXp3DR3
— Mark Simpson (@mark_simpson) January 28, 2017
Huge privilege to attend poignant and very informative service in Donaghadee Parish Church to commemorate the 1953 Princess Victoria tragedy. Local lifeboat the Sir Samuel Kelly and crew heavily and heroically involved in rescue and recovery operation. pic.twitter.com/bbEGSCF5Hx
— Alan Chambers MLA (@alcham49) January 29, 2018
Larne RNLI lay wreaths on 65th anniversary of MV Princess Victoria disaster pic.twitter.com/p7kHEBI1FY
— Irish Lifeboats (@Irishlifeboats) January 28, 2018
Attended a packed, extremely well organised and very moving Memorial Service today commemorating 133 lives lost when MV Princess Victoria sunk 5 miles off Copeland Islands on 31 January 1953. Eternally grateful to the brave @RNLI Volunteers, then and now pic.twitter.com/qmeAOX0ao0
— Andrew Muir (@AndrewMuirNI) January 28, 2018
— Donaghadee SC (@donaghadeesc) January 26, 2017