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Statio Bene draws together over 40 artworks describing the traditions and historic views of Cork Harbour among them Unknown, View of Cork Harbour from Rostellan, Inisbeg Island, 1809. Collection Crawford Art Gallery, Cork
In Cork at the recently reopened Crawford Art Gallery is where a new exhibition features the maritime traditions of the port in the south of Ireland. Statio Bene draws together over 40 artworks describing the traditions and historic views of…
The Earl of Belfast’s brig-rigged superyacht Waterwitch successfully working up to windward of the Royal Navy’s crack Channel Squadron in an offshore sailing test in 1834
In the current wave of revulsion against slavery and its appalling history, no European nation has totally clean hands. For although we might like to think that the huge Caribbean sugar plantations worked by African slaves in the 1800s brought…
America' later Anchor Line's 'Seamore'
Focusing her attention to the transport heritage on “God’s Side of the peninsula”, Rosie Moulden, Manager of the Inishowen Maritime Museum in Greencastle, revealed the first recorded steamer trip on Lough Foyle took place in 1816. Speaking to Derry Now,…
The revived Dublin Bay 21 Class will remain true to their original colours, but their order of restoration is non-numerical, as Number 6 – Naneen, centre - has been the first to sail again, as she was the only one to be built in Dun Laoghaire
The complex project of restoring the Alfred Mylne-designed Dublin Bay 21 class – which first raced in 1903 and ceased racing in 1986 – has been in hiatus during the Lockdown. But now Hal Sisk and Fionan de Barra have…
HMS Belfast berthed in the Pool of London, named the National Historical Ships UK Flagship of 2020, for showing, along with its fellow regional flagships, "tenacity in continuing to raise their profile throughout the Covid-19 outbreak". In this file photo is also former St. Helena serving passenger cargoship RMS St. Helena during its historic farewell and only visit to the UK capital in 2016, before disposed following opening of an airport on the remote UK territory deep in the South Atlantic Ocean. During the mid 1990's RMS St. Helena notably visited Dublin and Cork during a cruise-charter. Afloat will have an update on this ship's sporting role!
Across the Irish Sea the National Historic Ships UK which advises the Department of Culture, Media & Sport on grant giving organisations for ship conservation has in response to the impact of Covid-19 on the maritime heritage sector, made a…
Press coverage of the discovery in the Roscommon People
Twelve-year-old Cathal McDonagh might be forgiven for skipping his homework this one time as he chanced upon the remains of an ancient boat that could date to the Bronze Age. As the Irish Independent reports, young Cathal made the remarkable…
Dennis Aylmer’s Morning Star after he’d given her a first restoration more than fifty years ago. She was subsequently given further restoration by Johnny Healion and taken back to Connemara, where she played a key role in the revival of the Galway Hooker fleet in the 1970s
The Dublin Bay Old Gaffers Association invites traditional boat enthusiasts and all sailing fans to join their next Zoom session on The First Rescue of the Morning Star, which will be given by former DBOGA President Dennis Aylmer of Dun…
Sheehy, an award-winning writer, died in June 2017 when the currach, Naomh Gobnait, was caught by a wave close to the Minho river estuary
Musician Glen Hansard has paid tribute to west Kerry poet, farmer and sailor Danny Sheehy with a new video marking the third anniversary of his death. Film-maker Dónal Ó Céilleachair, who recorded The Camino Voyage documenting Sheehy’s currach trip with…
Last of the early-season sunshine – the 1896-originating Colleen Class Colleen Deas (Dermot Flynn & David Williams) in south Dublin Bay yesterday (Tuesday)
Although West Cork is home to several clusters of classic boats and the boatyards of the master-craftsmen who build and maintain them, they’re at scattered locations. Thus it can take quite a bit of encouragement and persuasion, plus much pre-planning…
HMS Caroline the veteran vessel visitor attraction based in Belfast Harbour
Historic WW1 vessel HMS Caroline based in Belfast Harbour has been placed in a “dire” situation” by the coronavirus crisis and the resulting loss of revenue, the National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN) has warned. Due to the countrywide…

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