A German Cruiser leaving Dublin after a courtesy visit!

Download this image

More from this collection

Related by Where

Support Pastpin!

Where: 70 Sir John Rogerson's Quay, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin, Ireland

Try to find the spot where the photographer was standing.

When: 01 June 1960

Try to find the date or year when this image was made.
A German naval ship leaving Dublin after a courtesy visit in 1960 just 15 years after World War II. Dublin was a very different port then and the skyline in the background held many features that have changed or are no longer standing!

Niall McAuley advises that this is the frigate Graf Spee. (No - not that one - a later one :) ). B-59 and DannyM8 suggest a date range in the middle of June (probably around the 10th as this image captures the departure). Danny offers some snippets from newspapers of the time - which document the short visit by two West German training ships - the Graf Spee (F215) and Hipper (F214). The officers were received at a number of receptions - and the cadets by the local boat clubs :) O'Dea seems to have captured this scene from North Wall Quay, looking SE to Ringsend and Sir John Rogerson's quay (probably around here). The MV Murell looks to be in the background....


Photographer: James P. O'Dea

Collection:James P. O'Dea

Date: June 1960 (Possibly 10 June 1960)

NLI Ref.: ODEA 20/73

You can also view this image, and many thousands of others, on the NLI’s catalogue at catalogue.nli.ie

Info:

Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
Source: Flickr Commons
Views: 9391
jamespo’dea o’deaphotographiccollection nationallibraryofireland germannavy courtesyvisit dublinport peace grafspee f215 northwallquay dublin westgermany ringsend cranes port hipper f214 commanderhcollmann commanderphartwig frigate mvmurell cadets trainingship reception salute

Add Tags
  • profile

    Niall McAuley

    • 15/Nov/2016 10:02:25

    According to wikipedia, F215 in 1960 would have been: F215 Graf Spee (the former HMS Flamingo) (1959–67)

  • profile

    Niall McAuley

    • 15/Nov/2016 10:06:26

    She was sold to the Federal Republic of Germany in 1959, where she was renamed "Graf Spee" and used as a cadet training ship... During her service she undertook a series of training trips abroad , often with her ​​sister ship "Hipper" they i.a. repeatedly resulted in American port cities , from Victoria ( British Columbia ) in the north to Valparaiso and to Cape Horn in the South Pacific .

  • profile

    B-59

    • 15/Nov/2016 10:08:44

    S. also www.bundesarchiv.de/oeffentlichkeitsarbeit/bilder_dokumen... The Graf Spee was in Dublin together with the Hipper (F214) The ships returned to Germany on June 17, 1960 www.facebook.com/marinekalendarium/photos/pcb.76713335338...

  • profile

    O Mac

    • 15/Nov/2016 10:17:08

    I think the building behind the bow of the ship is Ringsend Tech which we saw last week. www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/30691019416/in/dateposted/

  • profile

    DannyM8

    • 15/Nov/2016 10:17:11

    Irish Times 8th June 1960 [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/30909603461/in/dateposted/]

  • profile

    DannyM8

    • 15/Nov/2016 10:20:51

    The Reception with the Ambassador was on the 9th June. This is most likely the 10th June 1960.

  • profile

    DannyM8

    • 15/Nov/2016 10:32:37

    IT reports they arrived on Monday 6/6/1960 report says it was a four day visit so 10th looks good.

  • profile

    DannyM8

    • 15/Nov/2016 10:46:51

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/30997884345/in/dateposted/] Commander H. Collmann of Graff Spee German Ambassador Dr, Felecian Prill Commander P. Hartwig of Hipper

  • profile

    DannyM8

    • 15/Nov/2016 10:58:29

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_River_Plate Dont forget its predecessor, The Battle of the River Plate was the first naval battle in the Second World War and the first one of the Battle of the Atlantic in South American waters. The German cruiser Admiral Graf Spee had been located in the South Atlantic a long time before the war began, and had been commerce raiding after the war began in September 1939. One of the hunting groups sent by the British Admiralty to search for Graf Spee, comprising three Royal Navy cruisers, HMS Exeter, Ajax and Achilles (the last from the New Zealand Division), found and engaged their quarry off the estuary of the River Plate close to the coast of Argentina and Uruguay in South America.

  • profile

    guliolopez

    • 15/Nov/2016 13:36:08

    I don't have anything to offer on the ship, but - as [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] points out - the photographer is almost certainly standing on North Wall Quay, looking south towards Sir John Rogerson's Quay. The river entrance to the Grand Canal Dock and Basin is behind the ship's wheel house/bridge. To the right of the Ringsend Tech buildings that OMac highlights. The row of houses on the left are along York Road. If captured today, the East Gate bridge would be clearly visible (and hopefully open...)

  • profile

    ✿ willem ツ

    • 15/Nov/2016 14:49:45

    The cruiser's namesake is Maximilian Reichsgraf von Spee. He was a naval officer of the Imperial Navy. During WW I he was commander of the East Asia Squadron, based at Tsingtao, China. As he didn't fight in European waters or in the North Atlantic during WW I, it was deemed safe to name a ship after him once again.

  • profile

    O Mac

    • 15/Nov/2016 15:41:13

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] yes. taken from near the Point Depot but looking East out Pigeon House Road. That's ESB Ringsend power station far left. My dad made electricity there for 40 years.

  • profile

    DannyM8

    • 15/Nov/2016 18:48:40

    According to the Irish TImes Ship Movements for June 1960 - the ship in the background Murell was in and out of Dublin a few times, mostly to Liverpool. and from - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MV_Murell In 1952, Creekdawn was sold to James Tyrrell, Arklow, and renamed Murell (derived from his wife's name, Kathleen Muriel Tyrrell (née Hicks)). In 1966, Arklow Shipping Ltd was formed in Arklow. Murell was one of the original seven ships owned by the company. She served until February 1972, when she was scrapped in Dublin.

  • profile

    sam2cents

    • 15/Nov/2016 21:06:51

    An absolutely fascinating image, as usual. You keep a high standard on this stream.

  • profile

    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 15/Nov/2016 22:10:56

    Thanks for looking in [https://www.flickr.com/photos/sam2cents] And thanks indeed to all of today's contributors! (Map, description, etc all updated!)

  • profile

    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 15/Nov/2016 22:31:55

    I have just added the wonderful photo of "The Wonderful Barn" to our 50,000+ Views Album. [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/11814472235/stats/] [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/sets/72157651136879037]