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Ilen – Uniting Ireland's Coastal Communities Through Educational Endeavour
Historic Boats
#ilen – As previously reported by Afloat.ie, the good ship Ilen's whiskey plank was jointly nailed home by Minister For The Marine, Simon Coveney, Mrs Kate Jarvey of Ruth Lily Philanthropic Trust, Mr Gerry Boland of JP McManus Charitable Foundation,…
Reprieve For Classic Yacht As Belfast Wooden Boat Gets New Home
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#Following Friday's Afloat.ie story on the scrapping of a Clasic Irish yacht, owner Eanan O'Doherty has received 'lots of emails' about the Bangor S27 Sorona due for breaking up. Among the offers of assistance are emails from the Secretary of…
Who Will Save Classic Belfast Lough Yacht 'Sorona' From The Scrap Heap?
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#yachttobescrapped – Round–the–world–yachtsman and Asgard restorer Pat Murphy has alerted classic boat fans to the fate of an Irish built Bangor S class 27' footer set to be scrapped next week. See more photos in the gallery below. The 1963–built…
Naomh Éanna Refurbishment Partners Sought to Operate Former Aran Ferry
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#NaomhÉanna - A campaign continues to transform a former Aran Islands ferry which plied the route from Galway, into a major tourist attraction, reports the Galway Advertiser. However if a financial plan is not established within a number of weeks…
John Jr Kennedy's Childhood Sailboat Goes Up For Auction
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#kennedysailboat– John Jr. and Caroline Kennedy's childhood sailboat will be part of an upcoming live boat for auction event by Boston, MA based RR Auction. Built in Massachusetts and mainly used in the Mediterranean, measuring 12 feet long by 6…
Simon Coveney to Nail 'Ilen's' Whiskey Plank at West Cork Ceremony for Ireland's Last Traditional Sailing Ship
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#ilen – Simon Coveney T.D. Minister for Agriculture, Food & The Marine and Minister For Defence will hammer home the final 'whiskey plank' of European larch on the hull of the good ship Ilen on Monday, 16th February. The whiskey…
World's Oldest Yacht Finally On Way For Conservation in Isle Of Man
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#oldestyacht – What may well be the world's oldest yacht, the 1789-built 26ft schooner Peggy in the Isle of Man has finally been lifted out of her historic berth under Bridge House in Castletown in the isle of Man, and has…
Cudmore's Historical 18 Campaign Ends With Broken Tiller
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#haroldcudmore – No sooner had we reported on Cork sailing legend Harold Cudmore's commanding start to the Historical 18 Australian championships in Sydney Harbour than it ended.  Cudmore's chances title were dashed when Yendys capsized off Nielsen Park on the…
Crosshaven Traditional Sail Event Celebrates Twenty Years in Cork Harbour
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#classicboats –  The Crosshaven Traditional Sail event on the Irish south coast celebrates twenty years of age this season in Cork harbour when dozens of classic sailboats, traditional currachs and a vintage steam boat will line up at the Hugh…
Royal Cork's Harold Cudmore at the Helm in Historical 18's Australian Championship
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#historical18 – Ireland features in this week's Historical 18's Australian Championship in Sydney Harbour thanks to Royal Cork Yacht Club yachting legend Harold Cudmore at the helm of Yendys, one of 11 of the fantastic craft photographed here by Christophe Favreau. Carrying a crew…
New Lease Of Life For Record Breaking Offshore Yacht
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#ClassicBoats - A Round the Island Race record holder left to rot at a Plymouth dock is set for a renewed lease of life on the open water, as the Plymouth Herald reports. In her life as a racing yacht,…
'New Classes' Celebrate Their 50th Anniversary At Cowes Classics Week 2015
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#classicboat – Cowes Classics Week has an eligibility policy with a rolling 50 year design date. This means that three new classes become eligible in 2015 and are preparing to celebrate their anniversary at Cowes Classics Week 2015 writes Dave Elliott.…
Canadians Lobby To Keep 'Grandfather Canoe' Amid Ownership Fears
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#HistoricBoats - A Canadian community descended from the builders of the world's oldest birchbark canoe have expressed concern that the vessel may be returned to Ireland, according to The Irish Times. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the 'Grandfather Canoe', or…
Ainmara Ballad Video Tells The Story of Classic Yawl
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#ainmara – A shanty sung by Jim Uprichard tells the tale of the Dickie Gomes skippered and self-maintained 102-year-old 36ft–yawl Ainmara that has featured regularly on Afloat.ie The brief youtube video (above) of Dickie Gomes' Ainmara shows clips from a…
UK Based Tug Operator to Bring WWI Trawler ‘Viola’ Home from Remote South Atlantic Island
Historic Boats
#BringViolaHome - SMS Towage Limited, the East Yorkshire based towage operator which entered the Belfast Harbour towage market last year, announced today that they are throwing their marine expertise behind an ambitious project. For more than a decade Dr. Robb…
Diver's Haunting Photos Of Malin Head's 'Lost Ships'
Historic Boats
#Shipwrecks - Mail Online is hosting some astounding photographs of wrecks lost off Malin Head during the World Wars as captured by amateur diving enthusiast Steve Jones. The Welshman made his way around the final resting places of four military…

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