Fun things to do in Dun Laoghaire – Visit the Maritime Museum
Children enjoy visiting the museum with their families, schools or youth groups.
With a group of children, give them the quiz sheets. All the answers are to be found in the museum. Who will be first to complete the quiz? Answer sheets are available for parents and teachers.
Children of all ages enjoy ringing a ship’s bell and sounding the fog horn
At the Knot Station, learn how to tie various knots
At the treasure chest learn how “block and tackle” assist hauling a rope, whether it is to hoist a sail or to open the treasure chest
Send messages using flags and Morse Code
Loss of the Leinster
See the U-boat lurking under the RMS Leinster
Rescue Teddy, using the Breeches Buoy
Follow the Fleet
Originally an initiative of the Maritime Institute of Ireland. A school class would “adopt” a ship and follow its voyage. The pupils wrote letters to the ship and received replies. Arrangements were made for communication via short wave radio. Some sailors even visited the schools. Irish Shipping were our main partners in this venture. Sadly when Irish Shipping went into liquidation, the scheme lapsed.
Happily, now, the Marine Institute has revised the scheme. Ships are tracked with GPS and modern technology. This is demonstrated in the Museum