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Folia

1907-1917, Ireland
Folia

History

The Folia was originally named Principe di Piemonte when she was built for the Lloyd Sabaudo Line of Italy in 1907. The ship was built by Sir James Laing & Sons, Sunderland, and launched on 26 February 1907.

In 1913 the ship was sold to Canadian Northern Railways, renamed Principello and chartered to Uranium Steamship Co. for their Rotterdam to New York service.

In 1916 the Principello was acquired by Cunard to help replace the many vessels they had already lost in the war. Cunard renamed the ship Folia and it was used on the transatlantic route.

On Sunday 11 March 1917 the Folia was sailing 4 miles off Ram Head near to Youghal Island, Ireland when she was torpedoed without warning by U 53.

 

Statistics
Built1907
Lost11-mar-1917
Tonnage6704
Dimensions131.1 x 16.2 m (430 x 53 ft)
Speed14 knots
FateTorpedoed (U 53)

Wreck

The Folia is one of the largest wrecks in the area within sport-diving depths and takes several dives to appreciate fully. In some places the wreck stands up to 5m proud of the rocky seabed. The bow is one of the most intact parts of the wreck and easily recognisable. There are lots of scattered steel plates, but the boilers are prominent in the middle of the wreck. The salvage efforts are most evident aft of the boilers, where most of the superstructure has been destroyed. Shell casings are still found in this area. At the stern the rudder can still be seen along with the 12lb anti-aircraft gun. There is plenty of marine life and the wreck is a popular habitat for conger eels.


 

Dive Data
Position51°52.879' N 007°40.630' W
Depth38m (125ft)
TidesSlack water
VisibilityAverage

Dive Operators

Gallery

  • Lobster
    Two bells have been recovered from the Folia. One bore the original name of the ship, Principe di Piemonte, this one has the final name of Folia. (Paddy Power)
  • Lobster
    This propellor blade was salvaged by Paddy Power and Paddy O'Sullivan in the early 1980s. (Paddy Power)

Video

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