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PETER M’KINLIE, GEORGE GIDLEY, ANDREW ZEKERMAN, AND RICHARD ST. QUINTIN
Executed for Piracy and Murder, December 19th, 1765
By Cormac F. Lowth[caption id="attachment_5844" align="alignright" width="197"] The Man-O-War Head[/caption]
The salvage of the valuable cargo of the Moyalla is the tale of triumph of a skilled first time salvor over the might of a large professional salvage company. It is a remarkable story of early scuba diving in Ireland and typical of salvage undertaken in the 1950s.
The main function of the Irish Naval Service is still prevention of illegal fishing in Irish territorial waters, but other important work includes rescue, and prevention of illegal activities such as drug and gun running. Over many years they have shown the flag overseas.The Service started with three ex naval corvettes bought from Britain. These stayed in use until they were disposed of between 1968 and 1970, when they were replaced by three former coastal minesweepers, which had better sea-keeping capabilities and were more suited for the job.
From 1924 to 1938 there was little official interest in maritime affairs in this country. The ports were controlled by Britain, and the only vessel representing the Irish Free State was the Muirchú. She was operated by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, but was not very effective in her duties to protect our fisheries from illegal fishing as she was unarmed.In 1936 permission was granted by the British government to equip the Muirchú with a gun. There is no information available as to whether this improved her effectiveness.
[caption id="attachment_5156" align="alignleft" width="300"] Mariners’ Church, circa 1840[/caption]
The Mariners’ Church – History
THE VASA, FIFTY YEARS ONIllustrated Lecture, (abridged) given to the Maritime Institute of Ireland, by Cormac F. Lowth, in the Stella Maris Club,Thursday, October 20th 2011.
This rare Tayleur medal was awarded to James Doyle for his part in the Enota rescue on 4 November 1869 in Kingstown Harbour. He was one of three man from the coastguard guardship based at Kingstown to receive the award. Several boats from the Royal George went to the assistance of an upset boat. The awards from the Tayleur fund were to John Hill Carpenter, £3 and a silver medal, James Doyle blacksmith £2 and a silver medal, William Biss first class boy £1 and a silver medal.
G2, the Coastwatching Service and the Battle of the Atlantic: 1939-41
Michael Kennedy (difp at iol.ie)
[caption id="attachment_3914" align="aligncenter" width="640"] U-boat pens at Bruges post WW1.(‘U-boat Intelligence’)[/caption]
The Flanders Flotilla and U-Boat Alley
A Riddle of Sand
[caption id="attachment_3834" align="aligncenter" width="610"] The Kish Bank[/caption]
DUNLEARY AND SIMON BOLIVAR[caption id="attachment_3693" align="alignright" width="229"] Simon Bolivar[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_3603" align="alignleft" width="325"] Brig Ellen in difficulty off Sandycove[/caption]Artifacts of the Maritime museum
[caption id="attachment_3341" align="alignright" width="300"] Irish Poplar[/caption]
ABANDONED SHIP GAVE BIRTH TO IRISH SHIPPING’S WARTIME FLEET
The Last Voyage of theM.V. Plassyby Michael Kirwan Originally published in the Winter 2010 edition of the Limerick Journal
The 8th March, 2010 marked the 50th anniversary of the grounding of the M.V. Plassy on the Finnis Rock, Inisheer Island, County Galway. The ship is shown on the opening credits of the well-known TV comedy series “Fr Ted”.
[caption id="attachment_3756" align="alignleft" width="300"] The Shipwrecked Fishermen & Mariners’ Royal Benevolent Society[/caption]By far the largest number of shipwrecks occur when ships come into unplanned contact with the shore. In less enlightened days the local population took these events to be an unexpected bonus and opportunity for acquiring wealth. Slaughter of ships crew and passengers was common. The wrecking of the Spanish Armada around the shores of Ireland was a good example, of those who made it safely ashore, very few survived.
There have been lifeboats in Dublin Bay for more than 200 years. This is one of the oldest services in existence. The first lifeboat was located at Sandycove and run by the Dublin Ballast Board. In 1817 a lifeboat was located in Old Dunleary, before the present harbour was built.In 1861 the RNLI took over control of the Lifeboat service and built a boathouse and slipway to house the lifeboat. This can still be seen beside the National Yacht Club at the top of the East pier. By 1890 there was a second lifeboat, originally kept on moorings, but later housed in a new boathouse beside the Carlisle pier.
In November 1807 two ships, the Rochdale and Prince of Wales set sail from Pigeonhouse harbour in Dublin, bound for England. They were carrying newly recruited militia for the Napoleonic War, and their families. But bad fortune struck and an easterly gale forced the two ships onto rocks between Blackrock and Seapoint. They were wrecked and nearly 400 people drowned.
The Dublin Port Diving Bellby Cormac F. Lowth
This article was first published in The International Journal of Diving History, Volume 3, Number 1, July 2010
Engineering – The age of Steam.
Since early times ships were driven by oars and sail. The crews of these ships consisted of ordinary seamen who did the work and officers who controlled the ship and decided where it should go.
[caption id="attachment_2759" align="alignright" width="179"] “Trade Goods”[/caption]
Paddy O’Sullivan 19 November 2009
Felim Dunne – Has been selected by the Maritime Institute of Ireland to Project Manage the reopening of the National Maritime Museum which is housed in Mariners’ church.Felim Dunne graduated from UCD School of Architecture in 1983 and worked in the London offices of Sir James Stirling from 1984 to 1989. At that time, Stirling Wilford was a very busy practice. Stirling was the first of the new breed of ‘star architects’ with prestigious projects across the globe. These projects were all masterminded from Stirling’s office in London and Felim Dunne played a key role in the delivery of many of the most significant projects including the New Science Library at the University of California, Irvine (near Los Angeles), the Abando Passenger Interchange in Bilbao, Spain and the State Theatre & Music Academy in Stuttgart, Germany.
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:[summarize]
[caption id="attachment_5201" align="alignleft" width="200"] The Baily Optic[/caption]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.
Arklow Shipping -A Group Fleet HistoryPat Sweeney
Author: W.J. Harvey, ISBN: 1 902 953 150, Publisher: Bernard McCall, 2004
The MV Kerlogueby Marie-Claire McGann
The MV Kerlogue, was the smallest of three ships belonging to the Wexford Steamship Company. She was built in 1939, just prior to the outbreak of the war. Intended for coastal work, she was a mere 142 feet long, and able to carry up to 335 tons, but at that, her freeboard loaded was less than one foot. Between her maiden voyage up until 1945 she experienced, being attacked by the allies, who allegedly mistook her for a French or Italian ship; being damaged by an acoustic mine; to saving friend and foe alike. Through this, she continued to act as a cargo ship. Sailing as a neutral, with the tricolour and EIRE painted large on her sides and deck, out of convoy, with full navigation lights.
An exhibit illustrating Captain Halpin’s career will, on occasion, be displayed in the Museum
Captain Robert Halpin
An exhibit illustrating this event will, on occasion, be displayed in the Museum
The date is 10th October 1918. The place is Kingstown (now DunLaoghaire), Britain (of which Ireland is an integral part) is at war with Germany. A war that came to a close within a number of weeks.
[caption id="attachment_851" align="aligncenter" width="521" caption="Missing at sea, since 24 February 1944"][/caption]
S.S. St. FINTAN[caption id="attachment_848" align="aligncenter" width="518" caption="Sunk in Irish Sea, 22nd March 1941"][/caption]
M.V. INNISFALLEN[caption id="attachment_845" align="aligncenter" width="519" caption="Mined and sunk in River Mersey, 21st December 1940"][/caption]
S.S. KERRY HEAD[caption id="attachment_841" align="aligncenter" width="565" caption="Sunk by German aircraft bombs, 22nd. October 1940. The attack was seen from Cape Clear Island."][/caption]
S.S. MEATH[caption id="attachment_838" align="aligncenter" width="524" caption="Mined and Sunk in Irish Sea - 16th August 1940 - three wounded "][/caption]
S.S. CITY OF WATERFORD[caption id="attachment_834" align="aligncenter" width="520" caption="Sunk in collision in Atlantic, 19th September 1941. The Dutch Tug Thames collided with the City of Waterford in convoy OG 74 Crew rescued by HMS Deptford and transferred to Walmer Castle, two days later, it was bombed. "][/caption]
SS Ardmore[caption id="attachment_830" align="aligncenter" width="568" caption="Mined and sunk off Saltees Island, 12th November 1940"][/caption]
SS City of Bremen[caption id="attachment_826" align="aligncenter" width="545" caption="Sunk by aircraft - Bay of Biscay - 2nd June 1942"][/caption]
S.S. LUIMNEACH[caption id="attachment_823" align="aligncenter" width="508" caption="Sunk by U-Boat U-46 gunfire in North Atlantic, 4th September 1940"][/caption]
S.S. KYLECLARE[caption id="attachment_818" align="aligncenter" width="544" caption="Torpedoed in North Atlantic by U-456, 23rd February 1943"][/caption]
Irish Flagged Ships lost during World War IISermon delivered in November 2003 by Robert C. Reed, Canon Precentor, St Patrick’s Cathedral.
This afternoon’s Gospel reading of Jesus calling his disciples evokes in me the words of the hymn Dear Lord and Father of Mankind when in verse 2 we sing, ‘In simple trust like theirs who heard, beside the Syrian sea, the gracious calling of the Lord, let us like them, without a word, rise up and follow thee.”
[caption id="attachment_475" align="aligncenter" width="552" caption="Torpedoed and sunk by U-608, 15th November 1942"][/caption]Read the wikipedia article
Former Mariners’ Church
The National Maritime Museum of Ireland is housed in the former Mariners’ Church
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RNLB Mary Stanford
RNLB Mary Stanford was the Ballycotton Lifeboat from 1930 to 1959. Many lives were rescued and awards accumulated. She performed what many regard as the most famous rescue: the Daunt Lightship rescue on 7 February 1936. She is the only lifeboat to be awarded for gallantry (boat as distinct from the crew).
Robert Gibbings, An Irish Artist UnderwaterBy Cormac F. Lowth First published in SUBSEA, the quarterly journal of the Irish Underwater Council, Autumn 2007.
Nowadays we tend to take the imagery produced underwater, mostly by digital photography, very much for granted. The advances in technology and the availability of relatively cheap cameras and waterproof housings have brought the means to all who venture beneath the waves to record the stunning sights to be seen there. It is all the more unusual and seemingly incredible therefore to note that many years before the advent of Scuba equipment, an Irish artist, Robert Gibbings, dived in many parts of the world, using crude helmet equipment, and actually drew and painted pictures while underwater. Long before Nemo got lost and found his way onto the big screen, Robert identified and drew the special symbiotic relationship that exists between the Clownfish and the Snakelocks Anenome.
THE ONE-LEGGED SAILOR AND THE KING – Dennis Collinsby Cormac F Lowth
Throughout the year 1832, debates raged in the British Parliament at Westminster on the subject of Reform. Passions were aroused on the subject and there were heated exchanges which were reported in detail in the newspapers of the day. These reports were often accompanied by lengthy editorials and letters from the public which swayed from one end of the political spectrum to the other. There were many aspects to the proposed legislative reforms and these included the abolition of slavery in the Colonies, punishment in the army, child labour and the abolition of tithes. The principal debates, however, centred upon Parliamentary reform and the extension, or limitation, of the franchise, depending on which side of the house the argument came from. The abolition of Capital Punishment for a number of offences was another issue that took up a great deal of time and debate in Parliament. This ultimate sanction had only recently been abolished for the crime of forgery but it remained on the statute books as a punishment for a number of crimes, notably the stealing of livestock and horses, and crimes against property, such as burglary and stealing goods to the value of five pounds. One member, Lord Tenterden, objected to the principle of the bill. He objected to the abolition of the punishment of death—–