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The 100-year-old River Class was looking forward to celebrating its centenary last year, but the Pandemic scuppered that
As previously reported on Afloat.ie, James Nixon's Strangford Lough Yacht Club's River Class history was published in December last and has proved so popular that a re-print of another 100 copies has been ordered. Already 50 of these have been…
Professor Felix Muller of Berlin's newly-acquired veteran Kerry Mark II gets a brief sail on the Baltic last summer. He envisages a major up-grade of the boat, and is urgently seeking copies of a proper set of plans.
Eccentric boat designer O'Brien Kennedy's picaresque life story attracted fascinated attention when we ran a Sailing on Saturday feature on it ten days ago. But for Professor Felix Muller of Berlin, it was like stumbling on an unexpected oasis in…
The currach made by artist Mark Redden in Barcelona for St Patrick's Day.
 An Irish currach made entirely from recycled and salvaged material is to be launched by artist and boatbuilder Mark Redden in Barcelona, Spain on St Patrick’s Day. As The Times Ireland reports today, “Saoirse” has been built over the past…
The gleoiteog Manuela has been decorated with lights by Bádóirí an Cladaig, the city association dedicated to training and restoration of the traditional craft
St Patrick’s festival is being marked with an illuminated gleoiteog in Galway’s Claddagh basin this week. The gleoiteog Manuela has been decorated with lights by Bádóirí an Cladaig, the city association dedicated to training and restoration of the traditional craft.…
The Old Head of Kinsale Napoleonic Tower and Memorial Garden in the foreground
The community group at the renowned South Coast landmark, the Old Head of Kinsale, plans to build a major, new Lusitania Museum to replace the present small museum at the site, where they have also constructed a memorial garden. The…
Man of the West – Dr Mick Brogan
Dr Mick Brogan is very much at home in the west of Ireland, with his life as a country GP in Mayo neatly balancing his life as a traditional boat sailor, home-ported in Kinvara. In fact, he is so much…
Maritime Heritage in the North welcomed a boost for the Cherbourg registered SS Nomadic and Titanic Belfast with Covid Recovery Grants. The tender occupies the oldest Queen's Island dry dock, Hamilton Dock, (built 1864-1867). AFLOAT adds what about the scene in the south? and our historic maritime infrastructure? notably Dublin's Grand Canal Dock Basin's (older) graving dry-docks (1790's) as Waterways Ireland plan to sell (see link below 'Inland Waterways' story, 20th Feb). At the dry-dock for 'safekeeping' is the former Aran Islands ferry Naomh Éanna, a rare survivor of an Irish built 'ship! aptly constructed in the capital.
The tender that served RMS Titanic at Cherbourg, France, which forms part of the liner's visitor attraction centre in Belfast Harbour, have both received £1.63m from a total £5m plus funding from the UK's Heritage Recovery Fund, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
Shackleton's ship Endurance embedded in the Antarctic ice of the Weddell Sea – one of Frank Hurley's remarkable photos which have done so much to immortalise an extraordinary expedition.
In almost every crisis or period of exceptional and continuing difficulty - such as we're living through now - people will hope to relate to the ultimately successful example of survival to be found in the experiences of Polar explorer…
Men of the High Latitudes – Jarlath Cunnane and Mick Brogan with Northabout at Westport Quay in their return from circling the Arctic. Their current mission is ensuring proper recognition for Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton's Scottish ship's carpenter Harry McNish
When Afloat.ie's Shipping Correspondent Jehan Ashmore scooped all other media last week with the revelation that the new Irish Research Vessel will be named Tom Crean, the wave of warmth and sheer goodwill which greeted the news was remarkable. For…
A diver with a bottle from the Irish Sailing Ship 'Providentz' that sank in Norway in 1720
Norwegian divers have discovered a 300-year-old shipwreck of an Irish sailing ship on the sea bottom outside Mandal in Southern Norway. The Irish ship, named "The Providentz", sunk in November 1720. It is reported by the Norwegian NRK journalist, Siv Kristin…
The Dublin Bay 21 Naneen on her first sail after restoration, slipping effortlessly along on the Shannon Estuary off Kilrush
The continuing restoration of the Dublin Bay 21 class of 1902, in the longterm project guided by Hal Sisk and Fionan de Barra of Dun Laoghaire, has seen the work of Master Shipwright Stephen Morris of Kilrush and his team…
Christmas Eve, 1895, and the Dublin Bay lifeboat has capsized with tragic loss of life whole trying to reach the wrecked sailing ship Palme.
If you think that life is tough under the current pandemic, then the Dublin Bay Old Gaffers Association has just the thing to put current national and personal problems into perspective, with a comprehensively illustrated Zoom talk by noted maritime…
100-Year-Old River Class History is Published
John McVea, class captain of the now 100-year-old River Class which sails regularly at Strangford Lough Yacht Club, had been looking forward to a 2020 season of centenary celebrations. Covid 19 put paid to that, but one achievement which has…
"She stopped time for everyone around". So said photographer Teddy Murphy as he recorded the characterful Limerick trading ketch Ilen when she came through Dalkey Sound in a flash of sunlight on the afternoon of December 7th for a busy two weeks visit to Dublin
In Greek mythology, at the Winter Solstice, there is a brief calm for the Halcyon Day, and this was the experience of the crew on the Limerick ketch Ilen as they headed away on Monday evening, after a busy two…
Putting on the cloth on the shortest day of the year – Ilen’s headsails being hanked on at Poolbeg Y&BC in Dublln this afternoon
The great Captain Cook may have voyaged to the Pacific in 1769 for the astronomical purpose of observing the Transit of Venus from Tahiti. But tonight (Monday) the crew of the Limerick ketch Ilen have a more modest hope -…
Explorer and writer Tim Severin was a longtime resident of West Cork
A famed adventurer who crossed the Atlantic by currach in a journey inspired by the story of Brendan the Navigator has died at the age of 80, as RTÉ News reports. Tim Severin set out in 1976 on the epic…

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