• LOCATION 15 | Derrie Danders: A Guide to the Quayside and North City

    Point of Departure - World War II

    Point of Departure - World War II on Derry / Londonderry audio tour Derrie Danders: A Guide to the Quayside and North City

    As the path veers slightly to the right, there's another of the timber point of departure blocks on your left.

    This one is to remember the second world war. Once you've had a good look, continue along the path while I tell you more.

    The city was known as HMS Ferret, and there was a naval base here which would have had convoy protection vessels based here, during the longest battle of the second world war, the Battle of the Atlantic between 1939-45.
    Convoys would have left North America and in particular Halifax, Nova Scotia in Canada, and initially they would have been guarded by the American and Canadian navies. Then at a certain point in the mid Atlantic, the British navy would have taken responsibility, and many of these ships would have come from this port.

    Winston Churchill, the British Prime Minister during the War wrote "The only thing that ever really frightened me during the war was the U-Boat peril", so the importance of the Battle of the Atlantic should not be overlooked. If you are able to visit Ebrington Square on the Waterside during your visit to the city, look out for the statue to the International Sailor, which remembers this battle and the sailors who served and many of whom perished during it.

    Keep walking along the path.

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Derrie Danders: A Guide to the Quayside and North City