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The American Navy in Queenstown 1917/1918

American sailors in Cobh

On 6th April 1917 America joined with the Allies in the war against Germany.

German submarines had sunk many ships since the outbreak of World War I including, in 1915, RMS Lusitania on her voyage from New York to Liverpool, resulting in the death of many American citizens.

Germany's declaration of unrestricted submarine warfare in the spring of 1917 provided the final decision for America to enter the war at its most critical stage.

A total of 92 American ships were stationed in Cork Harbour during the last two years of the war.

The navy built a number of facilities around the harbour, including a sea plane station at Aghada, operated by the US Naval Air Service, a repair station at the naval dockyard on Haulbowline Island and a hospital at Whitepoint, west of Queenstown (now Cobh).

American Navy games room
horizonal break with red doors