The night the fish drank like the locals

Ninety four years ago tonight – possibly at this very moment – a German submarine torpedoed a boat full of Guinness killing four men on board.
If ever the tragedy of war was illustrated it was with this ultimately pointless sacrifice of all that lovely stout off Dublin Bay. Of course the loss of four innocent lives is nothing to be sniffed at either, but that stout!
Only the fishes had reason to cheer. Indeed the night of October 12, 1917 was remembered in fishlore for a long time afterward as the night the fishes drank like the natives, instead of the other way around.


  1. They should go down there and examine the hold to see if there's anything worth salvaging.

    With the rate they're announcing new discoveries, they should also check for a tonne or so of silver.

  2. I'm shocked that anybody would torpedoed a boat full of Guinness... If the Germans had any sense they would be torpedoing boats full of Jever.

    Or Bud Light...

  3. Ian, I'm sure they already have!

    Adam, it could have been worse - it could have been a boat full of Murphy's or Beamish.
    There are quite a few vile beers worth torpedoing. From all the most evil of hangovers I've suffered at its hands, I'd have absolutely no problems if they torpedoed a boat of Sterni. It's just the fishes I'd feel sorry for then.

  4. BLASPHEMY!!! STERNI UBER ALLES!!! I still say it's Berliner biers that get ye, not the fine punk rock beverage aus Leipzig. Proof: remember the last foto verein and drinking til the wee hours? Nothing but Berliner Pilsner all night long. The next day I felt like hammered sheisse. I rest my case.



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