Londonderry Harbor

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Lough Foyle; the port of Londonderry is on the right bank of the River Foyle at the transition to Lough Foyle a little northeast of Londonderry

The port of Londonderry ( Londonderry Port or Foyle Port ) is the seaport of the Northern Irish city ​​of Derry / Londonderry. It is located in the townland of Lisahally (also Lissahawley ; Irish Lios an Chalaidh ) on Lough Foyle , the estuary (exposed to the flood, wide river mouth ) of the River Foyle in the Atlantic . The port is the furthest west in the United Kingdom and the most northerly on the island of Ireland .


German submarines in Lisahally (June 1945)
The frigate HMS  Bentinck on the quay at Lisahally (September 1943)

While the port in earlier centuries further upstream (south) was right in the city, the British built Royal Navy ( German  "Royal Navy" ) in the Second World War, new quays further downstream, just before the River Foyle in the Lough Foyle passes. The old port of Londonderry and the new docks at Lisahally were vital to the Allied war effort during the longest and perhaps most important phase of the war, namely the Battle of the Atlantic . Immediately after the end of the war ( VE Day ) and the unconditional surrender of the Wehrmacht , many of the surrendered German submarines were brought to Lisahally from May 1945 before they were sunk in the Atlantic between November 1945 and February 1946 as part of Operation Deadlight .

In the 1990s, the port was redesigned and modernized. It now serves mainly as a trading port.


The modern Lisahally Terminal has a quay length of 440  m . A little to the north is the LSS Oil Terminal. In the port, cargo ships with a length of up to 200 meters and a maximum draft of 9.3 meters can be handled at the Lisahally Terminal and 8.3 meters at the LSS Oil Terminal. The annual turnover is around two million tons .

Web links

Commons : Londonderry Port  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ The U-Boats that Surrendered - U-Boats at Lisahally in Lough Foyle, near Londonderry, N. Ireland 1945 to 1949 (English) accessed on January 2, 2018
  2. a b Port Information , Foyle Port (English) accessed on January 3, 2018.
  3. Lisahally Terminal (English) accessed on January 3, 2018
  4. Foyle Port (English) accessed on January 3, 2018

Coordinates: 55 ° 2 ′ 27 ″  N , 7 ° 15 ′ 54 ″  W.