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#Lectures- It's that time of the year again as the Maritime Institute of Ireland's Autumn/Winter lecture programme starts next week (Thursday 18 Sept).

The inaugural lecture of the season titled 'Rochsay Castle shipwreck-the Dublin Connection 1831' is to be presented by Seamus O Maitiu.

All lectures take place in Dublin city centre at the Stella Maris Club, Beresfort Place beside Bus Aras. Likewise all lectures commence at 8.00p.m. sharp and entry is by voluntary donation to help meet overheads of the M.I.I. which runs the National Maritime Museum (NMMI) in Dun Laoghaire.

The organisers would be pleased for anyone to kindly forward details about the lecture programme, which is held on the third Thursday of each month. For further information contact Barney Yourell, Lectures Officer of the Institute on 087 900 7466 or (01) 847 6118

Public transport: The nearest DART stations are Connolly Station and at Tara Street in addition to the LUAS (Red) line stop at Busáras. Car parking is located in the Irish Life Mall (ILAC) on Lower Abbey Street.

For further information about the National Maritime Museum, which has a gift shop and café located in the former Mariners Church Dun Laoghaire, visit: www.mariner.ie

 

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#Lecture – "Beef, Butter and Pork-Cork Shipping Trade During the American War of Independence 1775-83" is to be presented by Joe Varley, maritime historian next week, Thursday 6 March at 20:00 in Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club, Ringsend, Dublin.

All are welcome to the 2013/2014 lecture series organised by the Members of Glenua & Friends which is held in the intimate venue located close to the busy heart of Dublin Port. Entry fee of €5 is in aid of the RNLI. For further detail contact: 087 2129614

To lecture is about the mid-18th Century Cork merchants who became very wealthy by exporting heavily-salted beef, pork and butter. The main markets were in Spain, Portugal and in the West Indies.

However, the American war also created a military demand for these exports. This demand had an immediate and long-term effect on business and shipping in the port of Cork. These changed circumstances form the theme for this illustrated presentation.

Joe Varley has a reputation for being an engaging and entertaining lecturer that springs from his seagoing experience as a radio officer, his time as a sailing instructor with Glenans and his long-serving membership of the Maritime Institute of Ireland.

In 2012-2013, he completed an M.A. in Naval history at the University of Exeter. The research for this lecture was taken from academic work presented at that time.

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14th October 2013

Lecture: The "Kerlogue"

#LectureKERLOGUE – Maritime Institute of Ireland (M.I.I.) autumn/ winter lecture series continues with the next lecture about the "Kerlogue" presented by Pat Sweeney, Maritime historian and author.

During WW2 (1943) Wexford Steamship Co.'s small coaster Kerlogue” hauled 168 injured and shipwrecked German sailors from the icy waters of the Bay of Biscay .

The lecture is this Thursday 17 October (starting at 8pm) and as usual takes place in the Stella Maris Seafarers Club on Beresford Place, Dublin City Centre. The venue behind the Customs House is close the Busaras.

All are welcome to attend the evening where a bar and refreshments are available. A voluntary contribution is payable to the door to the M.I.I. which runs the National Maritime Museum (NMMI) in Dun Laoghaire).

The lecture organisers would be pleased for anyone to kindly forward details about the lecture programme, held monthly (third Thursday).

Public transport to Stella Maris Seafarers Club: The nearest DART stations are Connolly Station and at Tara Street in addition to the LUAS (Red) line stop at Busáras. Car parking is located in the Irish Life Mall (ILAC) on Lower Abbey Street.

For further information in general about the National Maritime Museum of Ireland (Dun Laoghaire) visit www.mariner.ie

 

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#LECTURES – Following last month's opening lecture, the Killiney & Ballybrack Historical Society will be hosting a talk presented by Jim Robinson on 14 November.

The topic "Lady Nelson" The People of Lady Nelson, was a vessel that traded between Dublin and Spain and in which was wrecked on the Skelligs Rock in 1809. The lecture will give also give an account of the trade with Spain at that time.

The lecture programme which runs till April 2013, are as usual held on the second Wednesday of each month and in the upstairs lounge of the Graduate Pub in the Killiney Shopping Centre on Rochestown Avenue.

An admission fee €3 applies for each talk and refreshments will be provided. Should you be interested in joining the society, the annual subscription is €15 (€20 for couples/family).

For further details please contact: Richard Dolan 087 618 1212, Anna O'Connor (01) 285 2817 and Tom Moran (01) 284 0524.

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#MARITIME LECTURES – Next weekend sees the annual National Heritage Week (18-26 August) take place. As part of the week-long event, the Maritime Institute of Ireland is organising a programme of maritime themed lectures on the final day (Sunday 26th).

The line-up of five lectures is timed between 12 noon and the final lecture is scheduled at 6pm. The wide-ranging topics and speakers of the lecture programme will be held at the Dun Laoghaire Club, 3 Eblana Avenue, off Marine Road, noting the nearby landmark of the St. Michaels Church spire.

There is an entrance free and a recommended donation €10. For further information contact Barney Yourell 087-9007466 and www.mariner.ie/maritime-lectures-national-heritage-week-2012

For information on the rest of the diverse programme during the heritage week visit www.heritageweek.ie

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#MARITIME LECTURE - This 'Thursday's Night Talk' organised by the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club (DMYC) is entitled 'Round Ireland 2011 Over Two Months'. Tomorrow's talk starts at 8pm and is to be presented by Gary Owens.

None members are also welcome to attend the winter lecture talks, held on Thursdays which will continue until April, noting the theme of the talks are not exclusively marine orientated. For further information Tel: 280 1371 and by visiting www.dmyc.ie

The DMYC is situated on the West Pier, close to Salthill and Monkstown DART station and car-parking is available beside the premises and also at the nearby Coal Harbour.

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#LECTURES – The winter talk's series organised by the Dublin Bay Old Gaffers Association (DBOGA) continues at the Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club, Ringsend, Dublin.

This month's lecture entitled 'The Second Chapter –On Diesel Engines Care and Maintenance' presented by Sean Walsh is to be held next Tuesday 17th January, starting at 8 pm. All are welcome to the evening with proceeds going to the RNLI.

In total there are five talks in the winter/spring 2011-2012 program, which started last October and will run to March. For further information about the DBOGA click HERE and the PYBC visit www.poolbegmarina.ie

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# FASHION –In addition to this evening's fashion show in aid of the development fund for the Maritime Institute of Ireland's maritime museum in Dun Laoghaire, as previously reported on Afloat.ie, a maritime morning of free lectures will be presented in Dublin City Library on Saturday, writes Jehan Ashmore.
The Old Dublin Society, in partnership with Dublin City Library and Archive, will present the lectures in the Conference Room of the Dublin City Library and Archive located on 138 – 144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2. The times of the three lecture topics are listed below:

10 a.m. 'Dublin Port – Past and Present'– Niall Dardis

11 a.m. 'The Blood Red Badge: Dublin Dockers, Seamen and their Unionisation' – Francis Devine

12 Noon 'Liffey Ships' – Pat Sweeney

All are welcome to attend the lecture morning, noting the nearest DART station to the venue is at Pearse Street. For further information about other events, activities and developments of the M.I.I. visit www.mariner.ie

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In advance of this month's Heritage Week which includes a one-day maritime lecture's seminar on Sunday 28th August, another Dun Laoghaire based lecture is to take place next week.
The lecture on Dublin's Own Titanic: The Sinking of the 'Tayleur' off Lambay in 1854 will be presented by Declan Heffernan and is to be held on Tuesday, 9th August starting at 8pm / 20.00hrs. All are welcome. Contribution fee €3.

The venue and is the Dún Laoghaire College of Further Education on Cumberland Street where a lecture series programme is run by the Genealogical Society of Ireland (GSI). For further information on other forthcoming GSI lectures: www.familyhistory.ie/

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The Half Ton Class was created by the Offshore Racing Council for boats within the racing band not exceeding 22'-0". The ORC decided that the rule should "....permit the development of seaworthy offshore racing yachts...The Council will endeavour to protect the majority of the existing IOR fleet from rapid obsolescence caused by ....developments which produce increased performance without corresponding changes in ratings..."

When first introduced the IOR rule was perfectly adequate for rating boats in existence at that time. However yacht designers naturally examined the rule to seize upon any advantage they could find, the most noticeable of which has been a reduction in displacement and a return to fractional rigs.

After 1993, when the IOR Mk.III rule reached it termination due to lack of people building new boats, the rule was replaced by the CHS (Channel) Handicap system which in turn developed into the IRC system now used.

The IRC handicap system operates by a secret formula which tries to develop boats which are 'Cruising type' of relatively heavy boats with good internal accommodation. It tends to penalise boats with excessive stability or excessive sail area.

Competitions

The most significant events for the Half Ton Class has been the annual Half Ton Cup which was sailed under the IOR rules until 1993. More recently this has been replaced with the Half Ton Classics Cup. The venue of the event moved from continent to continent with over-representation on French or British ports. In later years the event is held biennially. Initially, it was proposed to hold events in Ireland, Britain and France by rotation. However, it was the Belgians who took the ball and ran with it. The Class is now managed from Belgium. 

At A Glance – Half Ton Classics Cup Winners

  • 2017 – Kinsale – Swuzzlebubble – Phil Plumtree – Farr 1977
  • 2016 – Falmouth – Swuzzlebubble – Greg Peck – Farr 1977
  • 2015 – Nieuwport – Checkmate XV – David Cullen – Humphreys 1985
  • 2014 – St Quay Portrieux – Swuzzlebubble – Peter Morton – Farr 1977
  • 2013 – Boulogne – Checkmate XV – Nigel Biggs – Humphreys 1985
  • 2011 – Cowes – Chimp – Michael Kershaw – Berret 1978
  • 2009 – Nieuwpoort – Général Tapioca – Philippe Pilate – Berret 1978
  • 2007 – Dun Laoghaire – Henri-Lloyd Harmony – Nigel Biggs – Humphreys 1980~
  • 2005 – Dinard – Gingko – Patrick Lobrichon – Mauric 1968
  • 2003 – Nieuwpoort – Général Tapioca – Philippe Pilate – Berret 1978

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