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Kenneth King Paintings

Irish Shipping commissioned Kenneth King, the noted marine artist to paint pictures of their fleet.  After the demise of Irish Shipping these were auctioned by the liquidator.  The Maritime Institute of Ireland acquired some at the auction.  Later the institute commissioned Kenneth to paint pictures of other Irish ships which were lost during World War Two.  A selection of these paintings can be seen on St Columbia’s Chapel, a side-chapel in Mariners’ Church.  For further information on a ship, clip on its image:

Remember: Clonlara, convoy OG71

Sunk by torpedo from U-564 in North Atlantic, 22nd August 1941, convoy OG 71 The CLONARA had rescued thirteen men from the ALVA HMS CAMPION rescued thirteen survivors from the CLONARA (five from the ALVA and eight from the CLONARA) The six uninjured crew from CLONARA, were brought home by the CITY OF DUBLIN Carr, William, Dublin Green, Edward, Dublin Kavanagh, Edward, Dublin Lambe, A., Dublin McGuigan, Peter, Lusk, Co.Dublin McKane, Samuel, Dublin Reynolds, Joseph, […]

Remember – Munster

Mined and sunk in the Irish Sea – 2nd February 1940 five wounded, one died later The first Irish ship to be sunk in World War Two was the passenger ship Munster, which fell victim to a mine in Liverpool Bay on 7th February 1940. Built at Belfast in 1938 for the British and Irish Steam Packet Company she ran on a nightly service between Dublin and Liverpool until the out -break of war when […]

Remember: Irish Pine and 33 crew

Read the wikipedia article Bent, Patrick, Wexford Dooley, Maurice, Limerick O’Connor, Joseph, Dublin Cashin, Kevin, Dublin Duffy, Joseph, Dublin O’Donoghue, Thomas, Dublin Clery, Patrick, Wexford Fanning, Peter, Clogherhead, Co. Louth O’Neill, Matthew, Wexford Connolly, William, Kinsale Flynn, Michael, Limerick Ryan, Sean, Limerick Conway, Joseph, Dublin Harnett, Alfred, Cork Sheehan, Patrick, Kinsale, Cork Crichton, Robert, Leith, Scotland McCarthy, John, Kinsale, Cork Smith, Stephen, Wexford Cowzer, Fred, Dublin Murphy, Frank, Limerick Talbot, Richard, Dublin Cusack, Michael, Limerick […]

Irish Oak – torpedoed mid-Atlantic

S.S. IRISH OAK Sunk by U-Boat U-607 in North Atlantic, 15th May 1943 Crew rescued by S.S. IRISH PLANE

Remember – Kyleclare and 18 crew

S.S. KYLECLARE Barry, Edward, Wexford Morgan, John,  Dublin Brannock, Patrick, Dublin Mooney, Daniel, Dublin Brady, Thomas, Galway O’Brien, L., Dublin deBurca, Diarmuid, Dublin O’Brien, Richard, Dublin Grimes, Richard, Dublin O’Brien, Daniel, Dublin Hamilton, A.R., Galway O’Neill, P., Dublin Hopkins, Philip, Ringsend, Dublin Ryan, Thomas, Rush, Co. Dublin Larkin, John, Dublin Simms, W.J., Kildare Lynch, T., Clogherhead, Co. Louth Todd, Ultan,; New Ross Kyleclare was built at Dundee in 1932 for the Limerick Steam Ship Company and […]

Remember – Luimneach

Remember – Luimneach

S.S. LUIMNEACH Able Seaman M Carrol died later of pneumonia On 4 Sep, 1940, the unescorted and neutral Luimneach (Master Eric Septimus Jones) was stopped by U-46 with two shots across her bow west-southwest of the Scilly Isles and was sunk at 20.00 hours by gunfire. There are differences in the accounts given by the captains. Endrass claimed that Capt Eric Jones and his crew “lost their heads completely” with one man jumping into the […]

Remember: ILV Isolda, 6 lost

Sunk by aircraft off Waterford coast, 19th December 1940 Dunne, P.,12 Sallynoggin Villa, Dun Laoghaire, aged 45. Farrell, W., Seaman; Dun Laoghaire Hayden, J.J., Fireman; Beaufort House, Dun Laoghaire, aged 37. Holland, William, Steward; 7 Sussex Street, Dun Laoghaire, aged 57. Rushby, William, 7 Carrigilea Gardens, Dun Laoghaire, aged 43. Shortt, P.,Fireman, 37 Castle Gardens, Dun Laoghaire, aged 43. Isolda was a lightship tender owned by the Commissioners of Irish Lights and registered in Dublin. […]

Remember: Ardmore with 24 crew

SS Ardmore MII – S.S. ARDMORE Barry, Frank,  Passage West, Co. Cork Hare, Thomas Edwin, Dublin O’Regan, James, Cork Bruland, Edward, Passage West, Co. Cork Johnson, A., Liverpool O’Shea, Frank, Cork Cronin, James, Cork Kelleher, John, Cork Power, John, Cork Desmond, Bartholemew, Cork Lane, John, Cork Power, James, Cork Fennel, James, Cork McGlynn, John, Dublin Raymond, Michael, Cork Flynn, Patrick, Cork McNally, Sydney, Liverpool Ryan, Patrick, Passage East, Co. Waterford Ford, Michael, Cork O’Donovan, P., […]

City of Limerick, bombed and sunk

S.S. CITY OF LIMERICK S.S. CITY OF LIMERICK Brennan, Hugh, Clontarf, Dublin Sullivan, John, Liverpool [banner-rotator-fx][/banner-rotator-fx]

Remember: City of Bremen

SS City of Bremen At 6pm on 2 June 1940, The City of Bremen (Saorstait and Continental Lines) was transporting grain from Lisbon to Dublin when she was bombed by a Junkers 88 bomber and sunk.  The crew were rescued by a Spanish fishing trawler. One of the crew, George Gerrassimoff, was Russian.   It was feared that he might not be welcome because of the recent Spanish Civil War, so he was named “Paddy Murphy” […]

City of Waterford, convoy OG74

S.S. CITY OF WATERFORD S.S. CITY OF WATERFORD Aplin, Thomas E., Dublin Furlong, George, Wexford Naylor, Samuel, Bray, Co. Wicklow Murphy, P., Dun Laoghaire Kearney, Edward, Dublin were killed as a result of the Walmer Castle being bombed by German Aircraft two days later while still at sea. [banner-rotator-fx][/banner-rotator-fx]

Remember: Steam Trawler Leukos

Sunk with all 11 hands by gunfire from U-38 (Liebe) – NW Tory Island – 9th March 1940 The Leukos was fishing in the company of British trawlers and she may have positioned herself between these fleeing trawlers and the U-boat in the vain belief that her status as a neutral would be respected. Alternatively the Leukos might have attempted to ram the U-38.  Alternatively, as the Leukos was on the British registry until 1928, U-38 might have old information […]

Remember: Naomh Garbhan with 3

Fishing Boat – NAOMH GARBHAN sorry, no illustration MII – Fishing Boat – NAOMH GARBHAN Mined and sunk of Waterford coast, 2nd May 1945 Cuddihy, Nicholas , Helvick, Waterford Griffin, John, (Senior)Helvick, Waterford Griffin, John, (Junior)Helvick, Waterford

Remember – SS Meath

S.S. MEATH [banner-rotator-fx][/banner-rotator-fx]

Remember: Kerry Head, 12 crew

S.S. KERRY HEAD Begley, Thomas, Limerick Naughton, George, Limerick Byrne, Dick, Wicklow Naughton, James, Limerick Davidson, William, Carrickfergus Nicholl, George, Carrickfergus Drummond, Charles, Blackpool O’Neill, Patrick, Limerick McMahon, Michael, Scattery Island, Co. Clare Tobin, John, Limerick McMahon, Stephen, Scattery Island, Co. Clare Wilson, James, Carrickfergus [banner-rotator-fx][/banner-rotator-fx]

Innisfallen, mined, sunk, 4 crew lost

M.V. INNISFALLEN MII – M.V. INNISFALLEN Doyle, W., Dublin Geary, Daniel, Kinsale Porter, James, Dublin Rickard, Joseph., Howth and three wounded [banner-rotator-fx][/banner-rotator-fx]

Remember: St Fintan with 9 crew

S.S. St. FINTAN MII – S.S. St. FINTAN Friitzen Carl, Dublin Hendy, Neil, Isle of Arran, Scotland Howat, James, Paisley, Scotland Jones, Joseph, Dublin Leonard, Matthew, Rush, Co.Dublin O’Beirne, Diarmuid, Dublin O’Brien, William, Dublin O’Donnell, M., Ringsend, Dublink Plunkett, B., Dublin [banner-rotator-fx][/banner-rotator-fx]

Remember: Cymric and 11 crew

Remember: Cymric and 11 crew

SCHOONER CYMRIC Bergin, Philip, Wexford Brennan, James, Wexford Cassedy, Christopher, Athboy, Co. Meath Crosbie, James, Wexford Furlong, Kevin, Wexford Kieran, Bernard, Dundalk McConnell, Cecil,Dublin O’Rourke, William, Wexford Ryan, Michael, Dungarvan Seaver, Peter, Skerries, Co. Dublin Tierney, Michael, Wexford [banner-rotator-fx][/banner-rotator-fx]



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Baily Optic

The Baily Optic

This working Optic is the light from Baily lighthouse in Howth, North Dublin. It was installed in 1902 and removed in 1972 when the lighthouse was modernised. The lighthouse was originally gas, then vapourised paraffin powered, the light was equivalent to 2,000,000 candle power. The optic now shines a lesser light over the museum.

Bailey Optic Light, donated by Irish Lights. The lens is a first order annular with a focal distance of 920mm. Its two faces ; one set at 180º, thus giving two flashes every revolution. It floats on a trough of mercury, supported on cast-iron pedestal. The centre bull’s eye and fifteen concentric prisms form the dioptre or refracting part, while the outer prisms form the catadioptic or reflective part of the lens. This lens replaced a non-reflecting lens which had been fitted in 1865 and was itself replaced by an entirely electric light in 1972. This lens, pedestal and weight driven clockwork rotation machine went into operation 1st January 1902, giving a single flash every min. The light source from 1902 to 1908 was a 19 mantle coal gas burner mounted on a lamp changing apparatus with a stand-by six wick oil burner. The coal gas was replaced in 1908 by vaporised paraffin, using a burner with 3 x 50mm mantles. In 1946 a triple 50mm regenerative burner increased the candle power to 2,000,000 from 950,000 candelas.

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Icebound Endruance

Shackleton Endurance Exhibition

11th September 2012 – 30th August 2014, 11.00am – 5.00pm in Dún Laoghaire Harbour
Telephone : 0868523498, Website :


Family € 18, Adult € 8, Child € 5. Group rates: Adult € 7.50, Child € 4.50

On display are over 150 photographs taken by the Expedition photographer Frank Hurley, a full size exact replica of the James Caird; the lifeboat that proved so critical to the rescue, and much, much more.  The exhibition tells a survival story like no other: Irish-born explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-Antarctic expedition of 1914-1917.


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    • President: Peadar Ward
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    • Barry Desmond (President Emeritus)
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The Board of Directors for 2013-2014 are:

  • President: Peadar Ward
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