Ringsend Merchant Seamen Exhibition

Edward or Edmond Crabbe Pic: Dublin City Libraries

Edward or Edmond Crabbe
Pic: Southampton Archives

Pearse Street Library is hosting an exhibition of images of merchant seamen of the Ringsend and Irishtown area from the Great War period.

These images were a part of the men’s CR10 cards, which were identification cards for merchant seamen during the Great War. As merchant seamen were exempt from conscription, these cards kept a record of the dates and ships that they were working, so as to ensure that they were actually working regularly and not abusing their position to avoid being called up to serve in the war.

Running until Friday the 29th of August, the exhibition is on display during the normal library opening hours of 10.00am to 8.00pm, Monday to Thursday; and 10.00am to 5.00pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

As part of the exhibition, its creator David Snook will be in attendance from 11.00am to 1.00pm every Thursday. As well as answering any questions that the public may have, he hopes to gather information from family members or anyone who may have information about the men in the photos. On the 29th, David will also be giving a talk as part of the library’s Heritage Week.

If you have any images that you think may be of interest, the exhibition would be grateful if you could bring them along so that they can retain a copy to make available to future generations.

By Aimée Mac Leod

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