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The original Asgard during restoration in Dublin
John Kearon described in one of several interviews I had with him during the conservation of Asgard at the National Museum how he had “crawled in desperation to the aftermost beams, hoping to find some evidence to prove the beams…
Happy times – Molly and Erskine Childers cruising Asgard in the Baltic in 1910. His short life of 52 years from 1870 until his execution in Dublin on November 24th 1922 was one of increasing seriousness, and this is one of the very few photos which show him with even the hint of a smile
The gaunt but serene Erskine Childers (52) died an hour after dawn on November 24th 1922 in Beggars Bush Barracks in Dublin. He had been captured as an armed opponent of the new Irish Free State Government’s policy of implementing…
Jasper Winn working on a skin boat
Cork’s community boatyard, Meitheal Mara, has appointed writer, sailor and adventurer, Jasper Winn, as its “writer-in-motion”. His task is to write a book about its history since foundation in 1993, analysing what it has achieved and looking to its future.…
Lofna's first sail in over ten years on Belfast Lough
A Swan 36 from the famous Nautor yard in Pietarsaari, Finland was the type of boat that Del Fairley had set his heart on, but the one he found in 2018 on the hard at East Down Yacht Club on…
The Maritime Observatory (MO), a British organisation, uses satellite technology, artificial intelligence and local intelligence sources to monitor twelve shipwreck sites
Dutch Inspectorate and Cultural Heritage Agency award contract to the Maritime Observatory to continue monitoring important underwater heritage sites The Information and Heritage Inspectorate and Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands (RCE), both part of the Ministry of Education, Culture…
The HMS Enterprise in poor condition at Kilkeel Harbour in October 2022
Afloat.ie reader Lee Maginnis has provided an update on the current condition of the old minesweeper HMS Enterprise in Kilkeel Harbour, and the news is not good. The former Royal Navy minesweeper with a storied history was previously anchored in…
Marine Archaeologist Mensun Bound
Marine archaeologist Mensun Bound has witnessed great works of art lying on the seabed and chests overflowing with treasure but says, “nothing compares with finding the Endurance....” In an interview with The Irish Examiner, Bound says he can still recall…
the marine artist Richard Brydges Beechey, who lived and worked in Dublin for many years
Nobody knows how maritime researcher and historian Cormac Lowth does it all. But while most of us are still absorbing his recently-launched encyclopaedic book about the once hugely active Ringsend sailing trawler fleet, he has been re-focusing on another of…
The Bantry Longboat Fionnbarra sailing in Cork Harbour
The Bantry Longboat Fionnbarra, community-built by Meitheal Mara, and with rig perfectly set up, made an impressive sight in the Autumn sunshine of Cork Harbour at the weekend. The 2007 built boat had been the focus of a refurbishment project…
Marine Services enlisted the help of Michael Staff who still builds Galway Hooker boats to this day, and Sean Devane, who is extremely experienced in transporting these period boats, which were rented with their skippers for the Banshees of Inisherrin film
One of Ireland's most eagerly awaited films releases in cinemas this Friday, the 21st of October 2022. On a remote island off the coast of Ireland, Pádraic is devastated when his buddy Colm suddenly puts an end to their lifelong…
Malin Head Sea Heritage Group Eager to Hear Stories of the Past
Most people will know that Malin Head is Ireland's most northerly point of Ireland and the sea has affected this community forever; Malin Head used to have a large salmon fleet, it also had the biggest brown crab fishery in…
An O'Brien Kennedy-designed Lymington Slipway 5 Tonner. The prototype won the Round the Island Race in the late 1940s
We've a plea for help from Darren Fowler in the Channel Islands: "I am currently restoring the Lymington Slipway 5 tonner "Sardrette", 182817, first registered 27/7/51 in Guernsey. There is very little information available on these boats; I have read…
Eternal youth - the Shannon Estuary's community-bult cutter Sally O'Keeffe (racing here in the RWIYC October Series 2022 at Kilrush) exudes a remarkable spirit of tradition allied to youthful enthusiasm
The 25ft gaff cutter Sally O'Keeffe, built by a community group at Querrin on the Loop Head Peninsula under the guidance of master shipwright Steve Morris of Kilrush, to a design by Myles Stapleton of Malahide as a miniature synthesis…
Speakers will talk about Galway’s maritime heritage, with rigging demonstrations of the Galway Hookers and a Parade of Sail
A collaboration between Galway Bay Boat Tours, Galway Hooker Sailing Club and Galway Bay Seafoods, this will celebrate Galway’s maritime culture on October 21/22/23, a 3-day event in Galway’s Docklands, the harbour, the commercial Docks, Claddagh and along the seashore.…
Busy times – Pam Lee in a multi-sail challenge on Kismet’s bowsprit
Multi-talented offshore sailor Pamela Lee of Greystones has been at the heart of it in the annual late season Classics racing on the French Riviera, crewing on Richard Matthews’ 1898-vintage 48ft William Fife-designed-and-built cutter Kismet in a notably successful programme…
The mural of Shackleton by artist Eloise Gillard records Amundsen’s words on hearing of the Irish explorer’s death
A mural paying tribute to Irish and Norwegian explorers Ernest Shackleton and Roald Amundsen has been unveiled by Norwegian Ambassador to Ireland Mari Skåre in Athy, Co Kildare. The mural of Shackleton by artist Eloise Gillow records Amundsen’s words on hearing…

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