Ship’s Bell, SS St Lawrence

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Ship’s Bell, SS St Lawrence which carried the Buffs from Dublin

The SS St Lawrence is the ship which the 2nd Battalion The Buffs Regiment sailed for Cape Town from Dublin, on the 13th October 1876. The party comprised of 444 Officers, Men and Families. On the 7th November she struck a reef in the Paternoster Bay. Women and children were moved onto lifeboats and taken to shore , follow by the officers and men of the Battalion and the crew of SS St Lawrence. All accounts of the wreck pay tribute to the discipline and good behaviour of the men, who for forty-eight hours worked almost continuously, many in waist deep water landing baggage and stores. On receiving a report of the incident, the Commander in Chief, HRH The Duke of Cambridge wrote to General Officer Commanding in South Africa, conveying his approbation of conduct for the Battalion on this occasion. The Bell was recovered from the wreck before it sunk .