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Rainbow over Chaine Memorial Tower Larne and MV Princess Victoria Memorial

Rainbow in the sky above the Chaine Memorial Tower in Larne. In the foreground the memorial to the victims of the Princess Victoria ferry disaster.

The MV Princess Victoria disaster occurred on January 31, 1953, involving the British ferry MV Princess Victoria. The ferry operated on the route between Stranraer in Scotland and Larne in Northern Ireland.

The MV Princess Victoria set sail from Stranraer to Larne despite the severe weather. The ferry faced very strong winds and heavy seas as it crossed the North Channel.

As the storm intensified, the MV Princess Victoria encountered serious difficulties. The combination of strong winds and rough seas made it vulnerable. The ferry eventually succumbed to the extreme weather conditions, leading to the loss of the ship and the lives of many on board.

Distress signals were sent out as the situation worsened, but rescue efforts were hampered by the severe weather. Tragically, the ferry sank with a significant loss of life. 135 people were killed including Maynard Sinclair the Finance Minister of Northern Ireland and Sir Walter Smiler the Member of Parliament for North Down.

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Rainbow in the sky above the Chaine Memorial Tower in Larne. In the foreground the memorial to the victims of the Princess Victoria ferry disaster.<br />
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The MV Princess Victoria disaster occurred on January 31, 1953, involving the British ferry MV Princess Victoria. The ferry operated on the route between Stranraer in Scotland and Larne in Northern Ireland.<br />
<br />
The MV Princess Victoria set sail from Stranraer to Larne despite the severe weather. The ferry faced very strong winds and heavy seas as it crossed the North Channel.<br />
<br />
As the storm intensified, the MV Princess Victoria encountered serious difficulties. The combination of strong winds and rough seas made it vulnerable. The ferry eventually succumbed to the extreme weather conditions, leading to the loss of the ship and the lives of many on board.<br />
<br />
Distress signals were sent out as the situation worsened, but rescue efforts were hampered by the severe weather. Tragically, the ferry sank with a significant loss of life. 135 people were killed including Maynard Sinclair the Finance Minister of Northern Ireland and Sir Walter Smiler the Member of Parliament for North Down.