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The Oliver family, David, Daria, Ciaran, Sean and Martin who are instrumental in Galway's maritime environment and founding members of Galway Hooker Sailing Club, at the Loveen
Galway's 96-year old gleoiteog Loveen has marked a key stage in its restoration with the nailing of its "whiskey plank". At a "low key" ceremony, the final plank was secured and the occasion was marked with a "modest" round of…
The Erin's King, which features in James Joyce's in Ulysses. She is shown here in her original manifestation as a Mersey Ferry, Heather Bell. When launched in 1865 she cost £7,500 to construct. She was sold in 1891 for £950 and renamed Erin's King
On the 16th June each year people come from far and wide dressed in Edwardian attire to walk, talk and perform around Dublin in commemoration of James Joyce's famous modernist novel "Ulysses". You see lots of bowler hats, parasols and…
Admiral of all he surveys - the Mayor of Limerick, Councilor Michael Collins, re-asserts his ancient role and privileges of the Admiral of the Shannon Estuary with a silver dart into the sea while still in the Estuary, on passage aboard Ilen from Limerick to Galway last Friday evening
It has emerged there was much more to the diplomatic voyage of Limerick’s 56ft trading ketch Ilen to Galway at the weekend with the Mayor of Limerick. Councillor Michael Collins, on board. Officially, it was to launch the Ilen Marine…
From 1897, Droleens used to be regular attendees at the Kingstown Township Regatta (The predecessor of today's Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta), and sailed up from Bray across beautiful Killiney Bay in order to compete
The Royal St George Yacht Club have agreed to hold the Irish 12 Foot Championships in 2021. In a remarkable development, The Bray Droleen 12 Foot Class will join the International 12 Foot Dinghies and their sisters the Dublin Bay…
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…

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