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Ulster’s Gallant Woman Admiral

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Category:
The Irish Independence Film Collection
Directed by:
Produced by:
Topical Film Company
Year:

1922
Duration:

56 sec
Language:
Silent with English Intertitles

Dramatic footage of Mrs. Laverton (Hazel Valerie West), owner and pilot of the steam-yacht “The Lady of the Lake” (renamed “HMS Pandora“), which was pressed into service during the rescue operations following the Battle of Pettigo. She was hailed by the newspapers in Britain some days later as the pistol-wearing “Ulster Admiral

The Battle of Pettigo and Belleek in the summer of 1922 was the largest military engagement between the Irish Republican Army and the British Occupation Forces in Ireland since theEaster Rising of 1916, and one of the last significant actions in the island nation’s War of Independence.

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