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Luxury Tall Ship 'Sea Cloud II' Arrives into Cork Harbour on Summer Visit

20th June 2019
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Sea Cloud II passes Roches Point lighthouse on her arrival into Cork Harbour Sea Cloud II passes Roches Point lighthouse on her arrival into Cork Harbour Photo: Bob Bateman

"All I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by". The five-star Tall Ship Sea Cloud II arrived into Cork Harbour early this morning, her tall masts and sails evoking memories of times past for shipping in the Harbour writes Bob Bateman. 

Sea Cloud II is a modern cruise ship that combines luxury with all the romance of sail and that was certainly the case this morning when she passed Roches Point, even without sails set.

Scroll down for more images of the 350–foot barque

Sea Cloud II9Sea Cloud II was an early arrival into Cork Harbour at 0630

The sailing liner is berthed at Ringaskiddy today and according to her schedule will depart for Dublin and a five-day Scottish Isles cruise tomorrow.

The Sea Cloud II is a large barque built as a cruise ship and operated by Sea Cloud Cruises GmbH of Hamburg, Germany.

A luxury vessel, she sails under the Maltese flag. The Roman suffix II indicates that she is the company's second ship. She is neither a sister to, nor the successor of, the Sea Cloud (ex Hussar II), but a separate vessel.

Sea Cloud II9Evoking memories of former days of sail in Cork Harbour, the Sea Cloud II is in fact only 20 years old Photo: Bob Bateman

Sea Cloud II9Sea Cloud II is a large barque built as a cruise ship, and operated by Sea Cloud Cruises GmbH of Hamburg, Germany Photo: Bob Bateman

Sea Cloud II9The Sea Cloud II has an overall length of 105.90 m (347 ft 5 in). Her maximum beam is 16.0 m (52 ft 6 in) and her draught is described as 5.70 m (18 ft 8 in).

Sea Cloud II9Sea Cloud II has a steel hull Photo: Bob Bateman

Sea Cloud II9A busy day for shipping with Tall Ships and Cargo vessels arriving into the Port of Cork Photo: Afloat

Sea Cloud II9Sea Cloud II passes Cobh on her way to her berth at Ringaskiddy Photo: Bob Bateman

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It’s one of the largest natural harbours in the world – and those living near Cork Harbour insist that it’s also one of the most interesting.

This was the last port of call for the most famous liner in history, the Titanic, but it has been transformed into a centre for the chemical and pharmaceutical industry.

The harbour has been a working port and a strategic defensive hub for centuries, and it has been one of Ireland's major employment hubs since the early 1900s. Traditional heavy industries have waned since the late 20th century, with the likes of the closure of Irish Steel in Haulbowline and shipbuilding at Verolme. It still has major and strategic significance in energy generation, shipping and refining.

Giraffe wander along its shores, from which tens of thousands of men and women left Ireland, most of them never to return. The harbour is home to the oldest yacht club in the world, and to the Irish Navy. 

This deep waterway has also become a vital cog in the Irish economy. 

 

‘Afloat.ie's Cork Harbour page’ is not a history page, nor is it a news focus. It’s simply an exploration of this famous waterway, its colour and its characters.

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