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Contrasting styles - a Galway Bay gleiteog welcome the Limerick Trading ketch Ilen to Galway, the first port in her Walled Towns 2021 Project
The Limerick Trading ketch Ilen has reached Galway in the first stage of a programme which will eventually see her call at all the Irish ports which, in Mediaeval times, were a remarkable mixture of defensive walled towns and actively-functioning…
Former trans-Atlantic liner tug tender and Aran Islands ferry Galway Bay, built (1929) originally as the Calshot, served in the UK during Southampton's rich inter war ocean liner era is to be restored in the Hampshire port.
In the UK plans to save a "unique" D-Day historic vessel moored in Southampton have been unveiled - ending years of anxiety over its future, having as Afloat reported also spent a career tending to trans-Atlantic liner passengers in Galway…
The historic Irish sailing ship Ilen will voyage this summer between some sea-harboured walled Irish towns
The Island of Ireland has twelve medieval walled towns with sea harbours on Atlantic and Irish Sea waters writes Gary McMahon of the Ilen Project The historic Irish sailing ship Ilen will voyage this summer between some of these towns…
The mystery boat of Crosshaven – whoever built this 30ft racing skiff knew what they were at
If you were to bring together even half of the boats built with the involvement of the late great George Bushe of Crosshaven, you'd have the makings of a fascinating maritime museum. The master boatbuilder – whose skills live on…
Ten day wonder – the brightly-restored Westerly Centaur Erisky is lifted out of her refit berth in Clontarf Y & BC's crowded boatyard after fulfilling a project within the RTE Ronseal Big DIY Challenge
When you see the projects which have been featuring on the Big DIY Challenge sponsored by Ronseal and hosted by comedian and Dun Laoghaire lifeboat crewman P J Gallagher on RTE 1 every Thursday at 8.30 pm, you'll have marvelled at…
A former Irish Sea ferry of the 1950's era, British Rail/Sealink's Duke of Lancaster which since 1979 has been dry-docked in north Wales, on the Dee Estuary near Mostyn, is for the first time in 30 years to host a festivel, with the 'Fun Ship; Street Food Festival (4-5 Sept). The 1,800 passenger 'steamer' Duke of Lancaster, AFLOAT adds, built in 1955 at Harland & Wolff, firstly served Belfast-Heysham, Rosslare-Fishguard and Dun Laoghaire-Holyhead until disposal in 1979 to its current location near the Welsh-English border. The 'Lancaster', also carried out cruises during the 1960's to Scotland and several near Continent countries and also Spain. In the 1970's conversion work led to car-carrying capability.
Owners of a former Irish Sea (Dun Laoghaire-Holyhead) ferry, Duke of Lancaster, announce tickets will go on sale for the first festival to take place at the home of the dry-docked historic ship in more than 30 years. The anticipated 'Fun…
The 100ft vessel got into difficulties earlier this month at Holyhead breakwater and endured even more damage after 70mph gales hit the North Wales coast on Thursday and Friday
Off the north Wales coast a historic vessel which got into difficulties has now been declared a "wreck" after suffering further damage in stormy weather. The 100ft tall ship Zebu, which dates back to the 1930s, was towed into the…
A Liverpool tall ship, Zebu is not as badly damaged as previously feared as inspectors at Holyhead, say there is far less damage to the clipper's main structure than initially feared.
A historic tall ship which ran aground on the Port of Holyhead's breakwater, according to NorthWalesLive, could still be saved as hopes have been raised.  The 83-year-old tall ship Zebu got into difficulties on May 15 and the ship had to…
The Ship and her City – Ilen comes into Steamboat Quay in Limerick to take on valuable cargo for West Clare and Foynes
In the decidedly unsettled weather of this 2021 Spring and early Summer, the restored 56ft trading ketch Ilen of Limerick is acquiring the reputation of being a lucky ship in finding gentler conditions when sea work has to be done…
It is understood that the 83-year-old Tall Ship Zebu has been too badly damaged to be salvaged
In Holyhead, a stricken tall ship which ran aground last week at the north Wales port's breakwater is set to be dismantled. It is understood that the 83-year-old tall ship Zebu has been too badly damaged to be salvaged. A…
It's some time around 1960, and with the tide flooding gently into Sutton Creek, the Heron Class are getting ready to race at Kilbarrack Sailing Club, while beyond a Snipe crew are preparing to board their newly-floating boat on her drying mooring
These evocative photos of the Heron Class in their prime in the early 1960s at Kilbarrack Sailing Club are a reminder that there are concerns about the well-being of avian herons in general in the north Dublin Bay region. Our…
The Isle of Man Government (Tynwald) has agreed to work with Manx National Heritage to return the armed schooner 'Peggy' to the Nautical Museum in Castletown
In the Isle of Man, a historic boat is to return to the Nautical Museum. Moving an 18th century schooner back to the Nautical Museum in Castletown is expected to cost more than £5 million. The Peggy was removed for…
An image captured by drone of one of two logboats spotted in the River Boyne by Anthony Murphy on Sunday 2 May
It’s been confirmed that two of three logboats spotted by drone in the River Boyne in recent weeks are new discoveries, and could date from medieval times. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, citizen archaeologist Anthony Murphy captured the first of…
1938-vintage Blue Hills newly afloat in Milford Haven, with owner-restorer Robbie Mason in thoughtful mood on the foredeck
Veteran skipper Rob Mason, from Milford Haven in southwest Wales, made a dramatic impact on the Irish sailing scene in 2017, when he turned up at the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta during its special year of the Kingstown Bicentenary, sailing…
The Shared Shannon Estuary - the Trading Ketch Ilen approaching Limerick upriver as a Women's Four from St Michael’s Rowing Club heads downstream in Sunday morning’s good weather
Most people’s memories of the already pandemic-constricted Bank Holiday Weekend will be of Monday's wet and windy storm. But the training crew on the restored Conor O’Brien ketch Ilen of Limerick have only pleasant memories, as a fair weather passage…
The former lightship ALF Kittiwake that last served on station off the Co. Down coast, was withdrawn by Irish Lights in 2005. The vessel however remains berthed in Dublin Port's Alexandra Basin. In AFLOAT's above file photo, Kittiwake is within the Basin alongside the now demolished Bulk Jetty (Boliden Tara Mines) but replaced with a new terminal at the entrance of Dublin Dry Docks that closed in 2016.
The Dublin 'docklands' developer, Harry Crosbie is launching a campaign for the return of the 134ft (floating) landmark, Kittiwake. The former lightship which he (had berthed) alongside the Liffey and (opposite) of The Point Depot, now the O2, then one…

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