HMY "Helga" On A Huge Swell, 1916. Painting by Brian Palm

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HMY "Helga" On A Huge Swell, 1916.

Brian Palm

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Size: 11 W x 14 H x 0.1 in

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Painting: Oil, Spray Paint, Graphite, Ink, Pencil on Cardboard, Paper.

From the exhibition "Myths of the Helga" by Brian Palm. HMY "Helga" is undoubtedly one of the most famous, or perhaps infamous of all Irish built ships. Originally commissioned as a fisheries vessel, she was equipped with two guns during the First World War for anti-submarine and escort duty. At the outbreak of hostilities during Easter Week in Dublin,1916, she sailed up the River Liffey and shelled the city centre, inflicting terrible damage and burning most of that part of the city to the ground. She later was said to have sunk a German U-boat off the Isle of Man. She helped rescue stricken passengers from life boats when the Mail Boat "Leinster" was torpedoed in 1918. She ferried Black and Tans around the Irish coast during the "Tan War" when the roads were impassable due to Rebel activity, and she shelled Rebel positions in County Clare. She was eventually turned over to the Free State government and became one of Ireland's first Naval Vessels, being re-christened "Murichu" or "Hound of the Sea".


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