The Sinking of the Kenbane Head

Moving, vivid and utterly compelling, The Sinking of the Kenbane Head is Sam McAughtry’s tribute to his brother Mart, a merchant seaman who died when his ship, the Kenbane Head, was sunk by the German battleship, Admiral Scheer, in 1940.

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This powerful and poignant memoir traces the threads of the Mart’s life, weaving together an intimate account of life in the McAughtry family home in Tiger’s Bay with a controversial retelling of the events that led up to the famous naval encounter in which Mart would meet his death.

Moving, vivid and told with McAughtry’s trademark Belfast humour, The Sinking of the Kenbane Head demonstrates Sam McAughtry’s great talent as a writer and is a fitting tribute not just to Mart, but to all the unsung merchant seamen who played such a vital role in World War 2.



  • Format: Paperback / Softback
  • Published On: 01 September 2004
  • Publisher: Blackstaff Press
  • ISBN / EAN: 9780856407635
  • Page Count: 208
  • Dimensions: 7.80 in x 5.10 in x 0.65 in