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The mysterious shipwreck washed up on Canadian coast
Archaeologists in Newfoundland are planning a survey of a wrecked ship which has recently washed up on the coast and may be up to 200 years old. As the BBC reports, the 24 metre-long shipwreck was found by a boy…
All curves and ornamentation, and yet with good speed too. The 72ft 1936-built ketch Ticonderoga is L Francis Herreshoff’s definitive design
The Slow Food Movement started in Italy many years ago, with its admirable ideal in the notion that the gentle preparation and leisurely cooking - preferably of locally sourced ingredients - was best complemented by then eating the simple feast…
Royal Daffodil, a former Mersey ferry withdrawn more than a decade ago is to a have a new lease of life as a multi-purpose dining / music event venue, along with a mini-museum in the Wheelhouse to honour the history of the famous ferries. The veteran vessel, almost 62 years, docked at Birkenhead, Wirral Peninsula, is to be relocated to Liverpool’s Canning Dock, part of the Royal Albert Dock. The restoration project, AFLOAT echoes that of MV Cill Airne, the Dublin based venue with similar features, originally served at Cobh as a trans-Atlantic liner tender / later crew training vessel, was designed by the same naval architects of Overchurch, but in 1999 was renamed after major works.
As news of a new Mersey ferry to be built in 60 years was announced recently, a former such historic ferry is to receive a £2.5m project to transform the MV Royal Daffodil into a major destination set for completion…
Patsy Lydon bringing his Christmas tree and bicycle in a currach to his Inis Treabhair home in December 1991
The tough realities of Irish island life are depicted in a new memoir of the Connemara island of Inis Treabhair. The last years of an Irish-speaking community are recorded by Micheál Ó Conghaile in his book, An Island Christmas. The…
Endurance became stuck in ice and sank in the Weddell Sea off the coast of Antarctica in 1915
An assessment of Ernest Shackleton's lost ship, the wreck of the Endurance in the Antarctic, recommends it is best preserved if left where it is. The shipwreck is 3,000 metres below sea level and in a "very stable" condition, the…
Locals in Arklow call on Wicklow County Council to retain parts of historic former Arklow schooner, De Wadden, before demolition. The three-masted cargo ship traded for decades on the Irish Sea, is seen above at Liverpool Maritime Museum, where it has been on display for decades.
Maritime enthusiasts from Arklow have implored Wicklow County Council to help them in their race against the clock to save parts of an historic auxiliary sailing cargo-ship, the last of its type to serve on the Irish Sea. The local…
Galway Hookers illuminated for Christmas at the Claddagh Basin, Galway
Tributes have been paid to Badóirí an Cladaigh for illuminating their fleet of Galway Hookers this Christmas time in Galway. The traditional boat fleet takes pride in lighting their rigs in the city's basin for special occasions.   As regular Afloat readers know,…
The first boat ever to be awarded a major perpetual cruising trophy was Royal Ulster YC member Dr Howard Sinclair’s 26ft Brenda, which received the new Challenge Cup of the Cruising Club in 1895 for a Round Ireland cruise. Built as a straight-stemmed racing boat to W E Paton’s designs in Belfast in 1886, Brenda was converted for cruising in 1891, and in 1894 she was lengthened forward with a “modern” stem to Dr Sinclair’s own designs by John Hilditch of Carrickfergus
In a week’s time, Sailing on Saturday will resume normal service with a preview on December 23rd of the up-coming Cruising Yacht Club of Australia Rolex Sydney-Hobart Race on December 26th, both generally and from an Irish angle, for we…
To watch the National Historic Ships UK Annual Awards Ceremony (click the link below), where presenters Ash Faire-Ring and Dan Snow reveal the winners of this year's Photography Competition, Marsh Volunteer Awards, the Martyn Heighton Award for Excellence in Maritime Conservation and the ‘Flagships of the Year’ which AFLOAT highlight include the above Belfast based HMS Caroline (YouTube from 17:30 mins) and the former Royal Yacht Britannia, from where the awards were filmed on board the historic vessel in Leith Docks, near Edinburgh.
Winners of the National Historic Ships UK 2023 Photography Competition, Marsh Volunteer Awards, and Excellence in Maritime Conservation Award were revealed on Wednesday 22 November, during an Awards Ceremony filmed at The Royal Yacht Britannia in Leith Docks, Edinburgh and…
Times past - the Snipe dinghy Valkyria sailing on Lough Erne. The boat has been stored indoors for years and is now offered 'at no cost' as a restoration project
Sailing enthusiasts around Lough Erne in County Fermanagh have a proud record of restoring old boats as well as building new craft in traditional designs. Some years ago, the late Fred Ternan set up a small organisation called Lough Erne…
Ger O’Rourke of Limerick’s Cookson 50 Chieftain slicing her way through the Solent at the start of the 2007 Rolex Fastnet Race, from which she emerged as overall winner
The Cruising Group can often emerge as the backbone of any sailing club, particularly in the winter. Back in the day when the new Howth Yacht Club premises opened in March 1987, fresh concepts were needed to ensure that the…
Northele headed down the Owenboy River under the full spread of her notably large mainsail, bound out for an enjoyable day sail in familiar waters of Cork Harbour
When God made time, he made a lot of it. You need a proper regard for that sense of under-stated reverence and patience when considering the very complete restoration in Crosshaven of Anthony and Sally O'Leary's unique yet universally appealing…
Bray Esplanade circa 1900, with some small boats sailing in the bay
A talk on the maritime development of Bray Town in the 19th century will be held by Vincent Delany, a renowned maritime historian, at the Royal Hotel in Bray on November 16th, 2023 at 8:00 pm.  During the talk, Vincent…
A joy to behold. The Myles Stapleton-designed Shannon Hooker re-creation Sally O’Keeffe has the performance to match her good looks – she was the overall winner of the Royal Western of Ireland YC October League 2023 at Kilrush
Master boat-builder Steve Morris of Kilrush has been busy with new projects these days, what with the re-birth of the Dublin Bay 21s for Hal Sisk and Fionan de Barra of Dun Laoghaire, and the building of a St Ayles…
ICC Rear Commodore Seamus O’Connor - he cruises regularly in southwest Ireland and on Iberian and Mediterranean waters
By October, the last of the remarkably varied international fleet of boats that had attended the Irish Cruising Club’s Conor O’Brien & Saoirse Centenary Rally in Madeira had returned to their often very distant home ports. Thus it was felt…
The Ballyholme Bay ODs shaping up for some club racing on Belfast Lough in their heyday. Two of the boats are now being offered 'free to a Good Home as restoration projects
Two Ballyholme Bay yachts, which would make a great match-racing pair, need a new home (or homes). They are 22 ft plank-built sloops which were built on the Clyde in approximately 1939 for members of Ballyholme Yacht Club on Belfast…