SS Irish Oak (1919) - Irish Oak - Landfall


The survivors landed at Cobh on 19 May. They were welcomed by Samuel Roycroft, a director of both the Limerick Steamship Company and of Irish Shipping Limited. They lunched at the Imperial Hotel, Cork. On arrival in Dublin on 21 May, they were welcomed by Peadar Doyle, the Lord Mayor, and hosted to lunch at Leinster House, home of the Dáil Éireann (Ireland's parliament), on 24 May.

It was common practice for crews' wages to be stopped when a ship was sunk. Famed Labour leader James Larkin raised the issue of the survivors' treatment in the Dáil Éireann. Citing the crew member who was told by the Labour exchange to 'go and get his record card', which was lost when Irish Oak sank, he suggested that the Dáil Éireann ask the German Consul-General to send a submarine to retrieve it.

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