Castit supplied a cast coat sign for the permanent exhibition of the Aud crew. The botched 1916 plot by the Germans to ship guns into Ireland to be used in an insurrection against the British will form part of the ever-expanding exhibitions being housed on the island.
The Aud sailed from the Baltic port of Lubeck on April 9, 1916, its hold containing 20,000 rifles, one million rounds of ammunition, 10 machine guns, and explosives. Most of the rifles were Russian-manufactured, and were captured by the Germans during the 1914 eastern front battle at Tannenburg.
Seven years ago two anchors were removed from the wreck of the Aud. One is on display at the heritage centre at Cobh railway station and other artifacts from the ship are in Cobh museum.
Cork County Council, which runs the island’s exhibitions centre, has drawn up plans for a further €6.5m investment there. The new exhibition on Spike Island is being supported by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.
Learn more about Spike Island and plan your visit at the website, http://www.spikeislandcork.ie/.
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