WW1 US Navy graffiti, Bere Island

On May 11th 1918, sailors from the US Navy inscribed their names on a rock just outside Rerrin Village, Bere Island.

The US Navy was stationed in Berehaven during WW1, while protecting the sea lanes off southern Ireland. American battleships and submarines anchored in the sheltered harbour off Bere Island, while in between patrols, where they would be protected by the extensive gun batteries on the island. American sailors came ashore to Rerrin village visiting the island shop, sending mail home from the local post office, and played baseball on a baseball diamond laid out at the British Admiralty Recreation Grounds in Rerrin.

WW 1 US Navy graffitti 1 of 2
Helen Riddell
WW1 US Navy graffiti 2 of 2
Helen Riddell
US Navy sailors outside the old post office in Rerrin Village, Bere Island in 1918
Bere Island Projects Group archive
WW1 US Navy graffiti, Bere Island

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