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'Urgent' Assistance Sought to Raise Sunken Schooner in Portaferry

6th February 2017
Regina Caelis is still tied to the harbour and lying on her starboard side at Portaferry in Northern Ireland Regina Caelis is still tied to the harbour and lying on her starboard side at Portaferry in Northern Ireland Photo: BBC News

Afloat.ie has received an 'urgent' appeal for Tall Ship enthusiasts to help with a sunken 100–foot schooner in Portaferry Harbour.  William Mulhall says he wants to return the 1935–built vessel to her 'former glory' but is seeking the assistance of a 'Tall Ship enthusiast to raise her and give her a refit'. 

As Afloat.ie previously reported the schooner contained up to 1,000 litres of diesel fuel and had been moored in the harbour for some time, up to 18 months according to local reports. 

BBC news says although a diesel spill in the area will clear up relatively quickly, the salvage operation to move the Regina Caelis could take months. 

It is understood specialist equipment that is capable of bearing the weight of the boat, which is more than 200 tonnes, will need to be brought in.

Mulhall appealed for assistance via email: 'I have a tall ship sunk on the 27/1/17 in 20 foot of water still tied to the harbour and lying on her starboard side, in Portaferry, Co.Down, Northern Ireland

The Schooner Regina Caelis built in 1935 is 108ft long with a 40ft bow sprit and 10 sails, she has 3 masts and an engine BMA fitted in 1955.

I urgently need a Tall Ship enthusiast to raise her and give her a refit on slip and return her to former glory. I am open to ideas, partners, groups and shares'.

Contact details supplied : [email protected] or telephone at: 02844841301

 

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  • Comment Link Rab Catherwood 7th February 2017 posted by Rab Catherwood

    Contact ComSecDiving 07738589663

  • Comment Link Gary Lyons President NIOGA 7th February 2017 posted by Gary Lyons President NIOGA

    The vessel has been tied up completely blocking access to Cook Street Quay for well over a year now, and it has been the subject of injunctions by the local council. The lack of availability of the quay hampered the NIOGA’s implementation during 2016 of the Old Gaffers Association’s recently-introduced Youth Sailing Scheme. The neglect of the vessel, and its sinking, will adversely affect the previous very high regard in which traditional wooden boats have been held in the area. My fear is that the inevitably expensive recovery costs will ultimately have to be paid for by local ratepayers.

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