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Minister of State for Heritage Malcolm Noonan at the Dunleary
Minister of State for Heritage Malcolm Noonan has visited the former lifeboat named Dunleary, which is the focus of a refit project in its home harbour. The Watson-class lifeboat was stationed at what was formerly Kingstown, Co Dublin, from December…
The National Museum of the Royal Navy in the UK are thrilled to announce that Belfast based HMS Caroline has been awarded among the ‘Flagships of the Year 2023’ status by the UK’s National Historic Ships annual awards announced on the prestigious venue of the above former British Royal Yacht, Britannia, the late Queen Elizabeth II’s floating palace which is on permanent display to visitors at Leith Docks, outside Edinburgh. In this Coronation year, the Britannia which is an iconic National Historic Fleet vessel itself, also in 2023 the former Royal family yacht celebrates two notable anniversaries, 70 years since its building and 25 years of operation as a heritage site which is a must-see as well as to an evening events venue which has been voted ‘Best UK Attraction’ by Which magazine readers.
National Historic Ships UK, the official voice for historic vessels has today appointed six vessels from around the UK to act as its 'Flagships of the Year' for 2023 and ‘fly the flag’ for maritime heritage. The 2023 Flagships of…
From Mayo to Maine. The Dublin Bay 24 Zephyra – retrieved from seclusion in a castle yard in Mayo – in process of re-birth at Rockland in Maine
The recent spell of hyper-sunny weather was a reminder of the time we stumbled upon the “lost” Dublin Bay 24 Zephyra while searching for shade to walk our little dog around the back of a castle in Mayo. The elegant…
Currachs and Galway hookers will compete, on Sunday, June 11th at Féile an Spidéil
Gentle to moderate south-westerly winds are forecast for this weekend’s Feile an Spidéil. Many currachs crews and a fleet of Galway hookers will take to the water off An Spidéil, Co Galway, with conditions particularly suitable for the hooker fleet.…
Baltimore in the sunshine, and the re-born Saoirse (Fred Kinmonth) is the focus of the Woodenboat Festival 2023 with a salute from two generations of timber craft - the bermudan sloop Curlew, and Brian Marten’s 1890s vintage Guillemot
With just three weeks to go to the Centenary of the departure from Ireland on June 20th 1923 of Conor O’Brien’s world-girdling 42ft Baltimore-built ketch Saoirse, the public debut of the re-born Saoirse (Fred Kinmonth) at last weekend’s Baltimore Wooden…
A former Mersey ferry, Royal Daffodil, subject to an application to planners, is to be transformed into a mixed use venue to attract visitors in Liverpool’s Canning Dock.
A plan to transform a historic former River Mersey ferry which is to attract visitors with a food, drink and events space, is to go to planners next week with the recommendation for approval. The ferry originally named Overchurch, and which…
He came, he saw, he conquered. Aongus Ó Cualáin with the Asgard Trophy in Poolbeg Yacht & Boat Club in Dublin Port last Saturday night
Those of us who have found it challenging enough to get a sailing dinghy with a purpose-designed road trailer into a road-ready and race-ready condition was in awe this week of the achievements of Aongus Ó Cualáin of Connemara and his…
The iconic turbine steamer, TS Queen Mary was moved from a berth at the Glasgow Science Centre on the Clyde to Govan Graving Docks, where the historic vessel will undergo the first phase of a year-long major restoration and repair project, which will bring the steamer back into active service. The project is be undertaken and project managed by Marine Projects Scotland Ltd, who have been appointed by the Friends of the TS Queen Mary
A restoration project of the iconic turbine steamer, TS Queen Mary at Govan Graving Docks is set to generate new jobs on the Clyde. The TS Queen Mary on Friday was moved from its current berth at Glasgow Science Centre…
Aongus Ó Cualáin's Gleoiteog-Mor Blát na hÓige at the Poolbeg lighthouse on her way to overall victory in the Dublin Bay Old Gaffers Association Diamond Jubilee celebration Asgard Race on the River Liffey
It was well worth the significant logistical effort of skipper Aongus Ó Cualáin to transport his Galway Hooker Blát na hÓige from Connemara to Dublin's River Liffey by road last week as the 1896-built traditional vessel won first prize in Saturday's…
Currachs and Galway hookers will compete, on Sunday, June 11th at Féile an Spidéil
Currachs and Galway hookers will take to the water off An Spidéil, Co Galway, on Sunday, June 11th for Féile an Spidéil. Kerry, Clare and Donegal teams have travelled to the event in past years to join crews from across…
The restored Galway Hooker 'Meaircín Joe' returned to the water last week, marking what has been described as “a significant milestone in preserving Ireland's rich maritime heritage”
A restored Galway Hooker has been named after two south Connemara brothers who built the vessel originally. The Meaircín Joe returned to the water last week, marking what has been described as “a significant milestone in preserving Ireland's rich maritime…
A Galway hooker sails by during An Tóstal Currach Racing Festival in Salthill, Galway
The organisers of Tóstal na Gaillimhe in Galway’s Salthill say the revived event earlier this month was so successful that they intend to invite more traditional Irish rowing clubs and teams from home and abroad next year. A “tight” senior…
Preserving maritime tradition at Baltimore in West Cork
Wooden boats will dominate Baltimore Harbour this weekend when the West Cork village welcomes back the annual gathering of traditional vessels. Like many other events the Baltimore Wooden Boat Festival, which had been held annually for seventeen years from 2002,…
West Cork tradboat enthusiast Jeremy Irons sailing the restored lobster boat Hanorah (Nigel Towse) in the Baltimore Wooden Boat Festival
This coming weekend’s annual Baltimore Wooden Boat Festival makes its welcome post-pandemic return from Friday, May 26th until Sunday, May 28th, with the well-proven formula of events afloat tailor-made for the local and visiting classic and traditional craft being neatly…
An encouragement to all. The newly-built 40ft sloop Cheerful Maid (John Sisk) afloat in 1949 for the first time at high water at her build-place of Bulloch Harbour
The Sisk family are a remarkable tribe around boats as around everything else with which they get involved. But perhaps the most remarkable of them all was John Sisk (1911-2001), who spearheaded the family construction company’s move from being a…
Reaper's return - Built in 1902 by J&G Forbes in Sandhaven, Fraserburgh, Reaper began life as a two-masted sailing lugger. At 70ft long, she was used for drift net and great line fishing and in the 1930s, held the record catch of herring in Shetland, some 223 crans, nearly 250,000 fish
A 19th century Fifie Sailing Herring Drifter and a ‘rare survivor’ of the golden age of sail will make her maiden voyage to return to the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival in Portsoy, Scotland on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd July…