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Haiti Shipwreck Could Be Remains of Columbus Flagship 'Santa Maria'
Historic Boats
#SantaMaria - Christopher Columbus' voyage of discovery to the Americas more than 500 years ago is almost the stuff of legend today - but now marine archaeologists think they've found the remnants of his flagship, the Santa Maria. The potential…
Limerick's Varangian Vikings Raid Venice By Gandelow
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#gandelow– The Ilen School Gandelow Races in Venice were a great success. The Venetians threw open their port to Limerick's superb traditional boat. Having trained our crews on Canal Grande and Bacino di San Marco the main race was held…
Destruction of Iconic Ship Naomh Éanna Delayed to Facilitate Survey
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#NaomhÉanna - Minister for Heritage, Jimmy Deenihan and Waterways Ireland have agreed to restrain the scrapping of the nation's oldest surviving merchant ship, Naomh Éanna until next week, while a campaign group arrange a survey as previously reported on Afloat.ie,…
Gandelows Move to Venice After Battle of Clontarf Victory
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#gandelow – Fresh from their millenial victory at the Clontarf replay on April 23rd 2014, the Munstermen in their Viking Gandelows move on this week to Venice where they plan to take the city by storm. Aided by gallant oarsmen and gallies…
Naomh Éanna's Fate In Balance As Survey Draws Near
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#NaomhEanna - The fate of heritage vessel Naomh Éanna still hangs in the balance as moves are made towards a structural survey of the former Aran Islands ferry. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the historic boat has been earmarked for…
Naomh Éanna Trust Save Our Ship (SOS) Campaigners Launch Fundraiser Appeal to Survey Ship for Restoration Plans
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#NaomÉanna – Following last week's meeting between Irish Ship & Barge Fabrication Co and Minister for Heritage, over a €1.85m plan to restore former Aran Islands ferry Naom Éanna, in which campaigners described the meeting "as not constructive" however a…
Naomh Éanna Meeting With Minister 'Not Constructive' Says Campaigner
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#NaomhEanna - Campaigners for the preservation of the heritage vessel Naomh Éanna have said their meeting with the Heritage Minister this week "could not be described as constructive". Last Wednesday the Naomh Éanna Trust's Save Our Ship (SOS) campaign and…
European Boat Builders to Row Meitheal Mara Currachs During Cork Visit
Historic Boats
#historicboats –  Boat-building organisations from France, Spain and Belgium and boating enthusiasts from across Ireland will attend an EU backed workshop conference as part of a three day visit to Cork Harbour next week. The host organisation Meitheal Mara, based at Crosses…
Save A Prayer for Naomh Éanna as Business Plan Is Presented to Heritage Minister
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#NaomhÉanna – Marine restoration specialists Irish Ship & Barge Fabrication Co in co-operation with the Naomh Éanna Trust's Save Our Ship (SOS) campaign group are to present a €1.86m business plan today to Heritage Minister, Jimmy Deenihan. As previously reported…
Gloriana or Clipper Bow? Sailing Blog Sparks Comment on Classic Yacht Design
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#classicboat – W M Nixon's latest Irish sailing blog has drawing yachting historians into a facebook debate about historical yacht bow shapes. It started when Scottish reader Donan Raven from the Universtiy of Edinburgh sought further annotations on one of the early…
Old Lady of Aran Ferry in Dry Dock Needs Plan, Says Minister Deenihan
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#NaomÉanna- Lorna Siggins of The Irish Times writes that Minister Jimmey Deenihan at the Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht has said that any proposal to save the former Aran island ferry Naomh Éanna will have to include a "concrete…
Famous Lifeboat Completes 12-Hour Overnight Road Journey
Historic Boats
#MaryStanford – Former lifeboat RNLB Mary Stanford was hoisted out of the Grand Canal Dock Basin, Dublin and onto a road-trailer at the weekend, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 51ft class Barnett-class lifeboat completed the overnight 12-hour road journey to Midleton,…
Galway Harbour Company Offers to House Old Aran Ferry, Naom Éanna
Historic Boats
#NaomÉanna- According to Galway Bay FM, Galway Port Company said it would be happy to provide a permanent home for an old ferry, Naom Éanna, which once linked Galway to the Aran Islands. The port's harbourmaster, Captain Brian Sheridan says…
Classic Boats Sail for Scottish Traditional Boat Festival at Portsoy
Historic Boats
#STBFestival. – Weigh your anchor, fill your sails and get ready for the 2014 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Traditional Boat Festival. Thousands of visitors are expected to attend the 21st annual festival which will be taking place in Portsoy, Aberdeenshire from…
Hopes ‘Raised’ for former Lifeboat’s Saving yet Lack of Reprieve Time for Naom Éanna, Campaigners Claim
Historic Boats
#HeritageVessels – Following Afloat.ie's weekend coverage of the removal of former RNLB Mary Stanford from Dublin's Grand Canal Dock Basin in Ringend from where she was loaded onto a lorry bound for her original homeport of Ballycotton, further updates will…
Month's Reprieve Not Enough Say Naomh Éanna Campaigners
Historic Boats
#NaomhEanna - Campaigners behind the effort to save the heritage ship Naomh Éanna have expressed their disappointment at what they claim is too short a stay of execution for the vessel. Last Thursday (27 February) the former Galway Bay ferry…

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