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Derry and Battle of the Atlantic Symposium

24th May 2012

Delegates at an event to discuss the significance of the Battle of the Atlantic were told that 2013 will be a major anniversary year.

The symposium was hosted by the Beech Hill US Navy and Marine Corps Association which, later this year, will open a museum room and woodland trail dedicated to the US Navy’s contribution to transforming Derry into the Allies’ most important escort base in the Battle of the Atlantic.

The event was organised in support of the local branch of the Royal Naval Association’s fundraising efforts for an International Sailor Statue to match a similar one erected in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where the Atlantic convoys gathered before heading out into the North Atlantic.

At the Beech Hill Hotel event, the Northern Ireland War Memorial launched its booklet, “The River Foyle and the Battle of the Atlantic”, written by local author and historian, Richard Doherty.