Articles, Maritime History, Newsletter June 2019

MFV Nordkap Returns to Dun Laoghaire By Richard McCormick

In August 2018, during the wedding of Ciara Joyce and Erol Aycan in the Maritime Museum, a scale model of the Norwegian, 1959 built, sixty-three foot (19 metre) long Dún Laoghaire Trawler MFV Nordkap had pride of place on the altar. After the wedding, Skipper Crummey presented the model to former President Richard McCormick, who had crewed with him on MFV Nordkap in the late 1960s, for display in the Maritime Museum.

This beautifully crafted wooden model was made with meticulous attention to detail by renowned Ringsend Shipwright Joe Murphy, the last Foreman in charge of the famed Dublin Port Diving Bell, for Dún Laoghaire born, Skipper Brian Crummey, the grandfather of Ciara Joyce.

Maritime Institute member, Cormac Lowth, who knew Shipwright Joe Murphy extremely well, will refurbish the MFV Nordkap model before it goes on display in the Maritime Museum. A fitting tribute to a very fine, top earning, local trawler after half a century’s absence from Dún Laoghaire.