The exotic if brief spell of summer as we all remember it from childhood may be drawing to a close writes W M Nixon. But while it was at its height, photographer Bob Bateman captured the mood in Cobh with this gallery of images (below) which gets the unique flavour of that extraordinary Cork Harbour town, terraced above the sea, as it puts on its best face for the annual visit of the American Training Ship State of Maine.
As revealed by Jehan Ashmore in Afloat.ie earlier, the TS State of Maine is in effect a floating maritime university. It speaks volumes for the most maritime of America’s States, that it should proudly run a vessel like this. And the impressive effect is heightened by learning that the TS State of Maine is herself the flagship of a varied fleet of training vessels, all working within and for Maine’s Maritime Academy.
Doubtless we in Ireland can learn from what they do about sea training in Maine. But for now, it’s summer, and all major political decisions have been parked until September. However, as anyone who has been to Cobh recently can confirm, the sale of house paints seem to have been on the up-and-up. The place is looking very well indeed. Somebody is doing something right. And Bob Bateman has captured one of the moments when the Cove of Cork is looking its very best.