The Uniform​

The Maritime Museum’s Halpin Collection includes his Royal Navy Reserve Officers Dress Uniform, including tailcoat, epaulettes, and dress sword. This would have been an extremely rare uniform because. President Michael D. Higgins used Halpin’s sword to officially open the newly refurbished Museum in 2012. The uniform was recently restored to the highest possible standard by […]

The Great Eastern

When the Great Eastern was launched in 1858 it was the largest ship in the world. It was designed by the great Victorian engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel. It was built at Milwall on the River Thames. There was no dry dock large enough for it, and it had to be built alongside the river and […]

Captain Robert Halpin

Captain Robert Halpin is an Irish maritime legend. He was born in Wicklow town on 17th February 1836, the youngest of 13 children. At 11 years old he went to sea. His first trips were on sailing ships, but Halpin saw that the future lay in steam. In 1858 Halpin took command of a 1,000 […]

Halpin Uniform Restoration

National Maritime Museum of Ireland offered over €11.5k in funding under Heritage Council Community Heritage Grant Scheme 2021 The National Maritime Museum of Ireland is delighted to announce we have been offered over €11,500 in Heritage Council funding to restore and display the Royal Navy Reserve ceremonial dress uniform of Captain Robert Halpin, the legendary […]