Hopes high Lusitania telegraph will go to Cobh’s museum

Hopes high Lusitania telegraph will go to Cobh’s museum

The Minister for Culture, Heather Humphreys TD, has confirmed that the main ship’s telegraph from the RMS Lusitania has been recovered from the wreck site off the Head of Kinsale and is undergoing preliminary conservation.

COBH Museum has yet to be contacted about displaying the Lusitania telegraph that has been recovered off the south coast of Cork.

Arts Minister Heather Humphreys sparked hopes that the telegraph from the ship which was sunk by a German U-Boat off the Head of Kinsale in 1915, would go on display in Cobh with the cooperation of the wreck's owner Mr Gregg Bemis.

Divers licensed by Minister Humphreys were able to raise the telegraph after a previous attempt a year ago failed. 

The recovery was overseen by an archaeologist from the National Monument service.

Following consultations between the owner and the Minister’s Department, the telegraph was brought to the surface.

“I am happy to confirm that this important piece of the Lusitania has now been recovered from the wreck off the west Cork coast. I understand that the telegraph is undamaged and in excellent condition,” said Minister Humphreys.

“I also understand that the owner of wreck, Mr Gregg Bemis, intends to place the telegraph and the pedestal successfully recovered last year, on display in a local museum, along with other artefacts he has recovered during earlier dives, which is great news for the local community,” she added.

When contacted by the Evening Echo, a spokesperson for Cobh Museum said the museum already has an extensive Lusitania collection, but they had yet to be contacted about the latest find.

The Lusitania was en route from New York to Liverpool when an explosion caused it to sink. The exact details around the sinking, in which 1,198 people also their lives, are still being investigated. 

A German torpedo hit the ship and it sunk in just 18 minutes.

Another telegraph belonging to the ship was recovered in October of last year. 

The site of the ship wreck is classed as a war grave and is protected under the Underwater Heritage Order.

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