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The Lady Nelson

The Lady Nelson – Shipwrecked 14th October 1809 By James Robinson M.Phil. On 14th October 1809, The Lady Nelson, Captain Bernard Wade, was shipwrecked on a voyage from Oporto to

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SS Lochgarry

History of the SS Lochgarry
One of Ireland’s most Popular Recreational Diving Wrecks

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Pirates at Muglins

An original account of the trial and execution of pirates on December 19th, 1765. Their bodies were displayed in at Poolbeg and on Muglins Rock off Dalkey Island as a warning to others.

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Lost to Time and Tide

An account of early works of harbour construction in Dublin Bay

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Italian Salvage Ships at the Galley Head

Paddy O’Sullivan traces the history of the Italian salvage company, Sorima, and describes its successful Ludgate operation off the Galley Head in 1934-35   On 19 May 1922, the ageing

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Man-of-war Head, Dublin

By Cormac F. Lowth Man Of War in North County Dublin could be better described as a hamlet rather than a village.  It consists today of a crossroads with a

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The wanderer at Kingstown and John Masefield

THE WANDERER AT KINGSTOWN By Cormac F. Lowth     The great manmade harbour of Dun Laoghaire, formerly Kingstown, was conceived and built as a harbour of refuge for sailing

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Moyalla Salvage

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

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The East India Company at Dundaniel

Paddy O’Sullivan PREFACE In attempting to give an account of the East India Company at Dundaniel and especially their iron works, it has been necessary, in the absence of information,

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Irish Naval Service – growing to maturity

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.

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Irish Naval Service – The Birth

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.

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Mariners’ Church – History

The Mariners’ Church – History The Reverend Canon Victor G. Stacey The building of Dun Laoghaire Harbour in 1820’s and the opening of the Dublin/Kingston Railway in 1834 gave rise

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Vasa – 50 years on

2011 is the fiftieth anniversary of the successful raising of the almost intact early seventeenth- century Swedish warship Vasa from the mud at the bottom of Stockholm Harbour. It represents one of the greatest maritime archaeological recoveries ever carried out. After the salvage of the ship in 1961, it was conserved and restored and can be seen in a specially built museum where it has attracted millions of visitors over the years.

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James Doyle’s Tayleur Medal

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

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Irish Sea Ships

Shipping on the Irish Sea – empty page – under construction

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Titanic

The Mystery of the Titanic

She was the largest ship in the world at the time
She was proclaimed unsinkable
She collided with an iceberg and sank on her maiden voyage.

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Dublin Shipyards

Irish Shipbuilding -Miscellaneous Dublin yards – While the main shipbuilding in Dublin Involved the Liffey yard, later Vickers, and Ross & Walpole several early years have disappeared without trace. – This short article remembers some Dublin shipyars

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G2, the Coastwatching Service and the Battle of the Atlantic: 1939-41

This paper is an early version of the introduction to the Guarding Neutral Ireland: the
coastwatching service and military intelligence 1939-45 (Four Courts Press, 2008)

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The Flanders Flotilla

The Flanders Flotilla and U-Boat Alley The repeated claims that America declared against Germany during WW1 because her citizens and ships had been attacked by German U-boats is not accurate.

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Kish

A Riddle of Sand (This article was originally published in January 2012) It is often said that there is too much ‘rubbish’ information on the web. To be sure, there

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M.V. Kilkenny by Austin Gill

An account of the events of the night of 21st November 1991 Austin Gill, A.B., M.V. Kilkenny.   The events of that night are still very vivid in my mind

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John Richardson Wigham

John Richardson Wigham(15 January 1829 – 16 November 1906) was a lighthouse engineer.  He was a great inventor and successful businessman.  He was born in Scotland into a Quaker family.

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Simon Bolivar

DUNLEARY AND SIMON BOLIVAR In Ireland in1819, in the aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars, there was an abundance of trained soldiers, who had seen action on the battlefields of Europe,

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John Delap

John Delap who served in the Imperial Russian Navy

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The Boyd Disaster

  THE BOYD DISASTER. by Cormac F. Lowth cormaclowth@utvinternet.com   And such the trust that still were mine, Though stormy winds swept o’er the brine, Or through the tempest’s fiery

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Hutchison’s Gold Medal

Artifacts of the Maritime museum  Captain Hutchison’s Gold RNLI medal Captain William Hutchison (1793-1881), from County Kildare, first harbour master of Kingstown, who also acted as coxswain of the lifeboat.

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Concrete ships

During the First world war a shortage of steel developed as replacements were being built for the huge tonnage sunk by submarines. Steel was prioritised for construction of warships. Late in the war the USA envisaged a fleet of concrete ships but few were completed before the war ended.

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Irish Poplar

ABANDONED SHIP GAVE BIRTH TO IRISH SHIPPING’S WARTIME FLEET This article was first published in the Sunday Express on 19 February 1967.  It was reprinted in the Winter 2004 edition

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M.V. Plassy

The Last Voyage of theM.V. Plassy by Michael Kirwan Originally published in the Winter 2010 edition of the Limerick Journal The 8th March, 2010 marked the 50th anniversary of the

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Shore Rescue

The “Rescue Cart”. These carts were located all around the coast. Many lives were saved. This cart is complete with all its equipment, including the “breeches buoy”

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Lifeboats in DúnLaoghaire

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.

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DunLaoghaire Harbour

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

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The Dublin Port Diving Bell

The story of this diving bell which still rests in the port. For its time it was technially advanced. The article covers why it was required, how it was invented and construced, and its success. It is the story of the great engineer Bindon Blood Stoney as well as the story of the men who worked in the Bell.

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Engineering

Engineering;

* The History of Diving;
* The Dublin Port Diving Bell
* Concrete Ships

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Engineering

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

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The Crescent City

Also known as the “Silver Ship”. On her maiden voyage, she went down near Galley Head. There are many tales of the silver treasure on board. Our story is of the bravery of the rescue teams from Dirk, Rosscarbery and Millcove. These men fearlessly put their own lives at great risk as they faced near-impossible odds to pluck eight terror-stricken sailors from the jaws of death.

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Morven Disaster

Morven Disaster. December, 1906. The Morven was bound from Portland, Oregon to Liverpool with a cargo of about three thousand tons of grain for the Messrs Bannatyne. The place where

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The Dunworley Slave Ship.

Paddy O’Sullivan 19 November 2009 The Dunworley Slave Ship: Amity 1701 The history of slavery is probably as old as that of mankind itself. Hundreds of thousands of slaves built

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The Argentine Republic Emigration Scheme

Once there was massive Irish emigration to the Argentine. But that all stopped after the Dresden Affair. Emigration to a Catholic country was encouraged by the clergy, but even they were appalled by this event. There was a plan for a large immigration but it lacked planning and management, resulting in disaster for many Irish emigrant families.

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Felim

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

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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

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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 vaporised paraffin powered, the light was equivalent to 2,000,000 candle power. The optic now shines a lesser light over the museum.

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The Warship Figureheads of Portsmouth

The Warship Figureheads of Portsmouth By David Pulvertaft, Illustrated by Kevin Dean Figureheads are a specialised but intriguing aspect of maritime history but there is little written about them, their history

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LOP 6 Howth Head

Michael Kennedy, author of Guarding Neutral Ireland, discusses the role of the Look Out Posts, in this case, the LOP on Howth Head, in recording events in the Irish Sea during World War II, known as “The Emergency”.

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The sinking of Arandora Star

‘Drowned like rats’ The torpedoing of Arandora Star off the Donegal Coast, 2 July 1940 Michael Kennedy (difp at iol.ie) This paper is a revised version of ‘Men that came

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Arklow Shipping

Arklow Shipping -A Group Fleet History Pat Sweeney Author: W.J. Harvey,     ISBN: 1 902 953 150,    Publisher: Bernard McCall, 2004 This book published last year is the fourth on shipping

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Ireland's WWII Sea Losses

NEUTRAL IRELAND’S SEA LOSSES HEAVY IN SECOND WORLD WAR 16 Ships Lost in Unprovoked Actions   In the years following 1922, Ireland, unlike the majority of more recent independent nations,

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Visit from Belgium

From the April 2000 edition of the Belgian “Neptunus Marine” Details in this article, in particular opening times, are out-of-date Balade Maritime au Pays de James Joyce ! MARITIME BALLAD

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MV Kerlogue, neutral Irish ship

The MV Kerlogue is regarded as a exemplar of neutral Irish ships during WW2. She was very small. 142 feet in length. She was almost sunk by a German mine. She was dive-bombed by the RAF. She rescued the Wild Rose of Liverpool. She rescued 168 crewmen from the Z72 and its escort.

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Capt Robert Halpin

Captain Robert Halpin was born in Wicklow town on 17th February 1836. He was the youngest of 13 children and went to sea when he was 11 years old. His first trips were on sailing ships. The young Halpin saw where the future lay and transferred to a steam ship, the Circassian.

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RMS Leinster, over 500 died

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

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Fethard Lifeboat Disaster

A tale of bravery and sadness. … …
On the afternoon of the 20th of February, 1914, there being what was described
as a somewhat unsteady breeze from S.S.W., with a force of 4 to 5, misty
showers of short duration, and a moderate sea, the coastguards on duty at Bar
of Lough, between 2.30 and 3 o’clock, sighted a vessel between the Saltees Island
and the Keragh Islands, on the port tack. Recognising that the stranger was in a
perilous position, the signals J.D (“You are standing into danger”) were hoisted,
but apparently without any response being made.

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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,

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City of Limerick, bombed and sunk

S.S. CITY OF LIMERICK Brennan, Hugh, Clontarf, Dublin Sullivan, John, Liverpool

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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

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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,

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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]

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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

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Remember – SS Meath

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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

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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,

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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

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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

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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

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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,

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Roman wrecks of Lake Nemi

There is a small lake called Nemi in the Alban Hills, about 30 kilometers southeast of Rome. Between 1927 and 1933, two enormous wooden ships, which once belonged to the Emperor Caligula, and had lain on the bottom of the Lake for over nineteen hundred years, were salvaged in what was perhaps the greatest underwater archaeological recovery ever accomplished.

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Sermon

Irish Flagged Ships lost during World War II Sermon delivered in November 2003 by Robert C. Reed, Canon Precentor, St Patrick’s Cathedral. This afternoon’s Gospel reading of Jesus calling his

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Commemorative Brochure

These web pages are dedicated to the memory of Ireland’s War-time Seafarers. Here is an on-line version of the Commemorative Brochure, commissioned by Des Brannigan when he was President of the Institute

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History and Restoration of Church

Former Mariners’ Church The National Maritime Museum of Ireland is housed in the former Mariners’ Church   The renovations are described here The reopening was project managed by Felim Dunne

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Renovations

Building on the Past for the Future   Now that the Museum in the Former Mariners’ Church is open again, this page is out-of-date.  It is left here for reference

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Neary Library

The Neary Library is only for members. The library is closed [summarize]

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Shipping in Dublin Port

Shipping in Dublin Port 1939-1945 by Walter Kennedy 160 Pages HardBack £15 Sterling. The Petland Press, Bishop Auckland, Durham, England. This is an interesting book about a time in our

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John P. Holland

John P. Holland 1841 – 1914 Inventor of the Modern Submarine by Dr Richard Knowles Morris Paper 241 Pages $16.95 US University of South Carolina Press. $16.95 in U.S.A. This

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Lifeboats in Dublin Bay

Lifeboats in Dublin Bay by John de Courcy Ireland. RNLI Dun Laoghaire, ISBN 0 9533540 0 8. This fine book is dedicated to the 23 lifeboat-men who lost their lives

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Ballycotton Lifeboats

Ballycotton Lifeboats byNicholas Leech and Brendan O’Driscoll Ballycotton Lifeboats The history of Ballycotton Lifeboat Station Co. Cork was launched by RTE presenter and personality Derek Davis in the town in

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Maritime Museums

a list of maritime museums, collections and memorials

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Irish Air Corps

Irish Air Corps by Joe Maxwell & Patrick J Cummins Published by Max Decals Publications, 2009, ISBN 978 09562624 0 0 This large format publication does full justice to the extensive

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Remembering the war dead

Remembering the war dead by Fergus D’Arcy Published by OPW Dublin 2007 ISBN 07557 7589 9 This large format volume sets out to tell the story of the war graves under

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Troubled Waters

  Troubled waters Published by Nonesuch, Dublin, 2008. €16.99 This account of some well known shipwrecks on the Irish sea from The Princess Victoria in the North to the Seahorse at

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Secret Victory

  Secret Victory – Ireland and the war at sea 1914-1918 by Liam Nolan & John E Nolan Mercier Press, 2009, ISBN 978 1 85635 621 3 This book focuses on

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John McGregor Skinner

The Life and times of John McGregor Skinner  by Peter Scott Roberts Published by Portyfelin Heritage and Literary Group, 2006 €40 12.50 The first reaction might be ?who. But then one

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Dublin Docklands

Dublin Docklands Reinvented by Niamh Moore Published by Four Courts Press, 208 €40 ISBN 978 1 851828357 This book on the geographical development of the docklands adds greatly to the documentation

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Egyptian Red Sea

  Shipwrecks from the Egyptian Red Sea Ned Middleton; Illustrated by Rico Oldfield     Ned Middleton is a well known wreck enthusiast and renowned researcher. Lavishly illustrated, accompanied by

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Diving

 The art of Diving   Nick Hanna with photos By Alexander Mustard     This is another of these books that make a novice say I want to get into that.

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Articles

Our “history” articles are divided into broad categories, below. In time these will be the “On-line Journal of Irish Maritime Research”

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RNLB Mary Stanford

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

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Robert Gibbings, Underwater Artist

Robert Gibbings, An Irish Artist Underwater By Cormac F. Lowth First published in SUBSEA, the quarterly journal of the Irish Underwater Council, Autumn 2007. Nowadays we tend to take the

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Dublin Bay’s Hobblers

More than seven decades after their dangerous enterprise came to an end Dun Laoghaire families with close links to the sea gathered in late September to honour the hobblers.
“The who? ” asked one local teenager when told by a friend that he intended to be present at the dedication in Dun Laoghaire harbour of a compelling monument to the men who years ago guided ships to harbour before the arrival of the Dublin Port pilots.

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John Philip Holland (Submarines)

2000 – The Holland Anniversary Year. from the summer 2000 edition of “The Trident” 2000 The Holland Anniversary Year This millennium year 2000 is the hundredth anniversary of the purchase

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The One-Legged Sailor & the King

THE ONE-LEGGED SAILOR AND THE KING – Dennis Collins by Cormac F Lowth Throughout the year 1832, debates raged in the British Parliament at Westminster on the subject of Reform.

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The Wreck of the Bolivar

M.V.BOLIVAR was making her way across the Irish Sea on the morning of Tuesday, March 4th, bound for Dublin Port with a badly needed cargo of grain and other essential items. Like many another fine ship before her, although Dublin Bay was in sight, the BOLIVAR would never reach that port and would leave her bones in the sands of that treacherous graveyard of ships that spans the entrance to Dublin Bay waiting to ensnare the unwary, the Kish Bank.

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Francis Beaufort, (Wind Scale)

Francis Beaufort
We are all used to hearing weather forecasts on radio or television predicting ‘Wind Force So-and- So’.How many realise that the inventor of the Wind-Scale was born and brought up in Ireland, and did here some of the scientific experiments which place him among the greatest contributors anywhere at any time to the development of the marine sciences?

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People

Personal stories (including groups) of people involved with the sea

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Where are the Barges now?

“Hey Mister. Will ya bring us back a parrot”. That, according to Dublin comedians and wits of the fifties, recalling the last glory years of the Guinness barges on the River Liffey, was the regular cry of Dublin jackeens perched precariously on the city’s famous Halfpenny Bridge to the elegantly dressed barge captains in their dark blue corduroys and shiny peaked caps as they passed underneath.
Mostly the captains used to ignore them, for privilege was theirs, the privilege of being established characters of Dublin of that time, pillars of the community, men with an urgent job to do in getting Dublin’s primary export safely over a Liffey mile to the ships that would carry it to the furthest ends of the world.
Sic transit gloria mundi.

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History of the MII

This history of the Maritime Institute of Ireland was written by Dr. John de Courcy Ireland, author of many works on maritime history

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Ships

On line journal of Irish maritime research.
Ships

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Emigration

Emigrant stories, mainly about ships. The Pomona which was last with 389 lives in 1859, The Tayleur (aka the first Titanic), and the Titanic. Also the tradegy which marked the end of Irish emigration to South America.

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Close Encounter with U-Boat

Ireland’s Close Encounter with German U-Boat   By Denis Martin FTU At 4pm on the afternoon of Wednesday the 4th October 1939 the realities of World War 2 reached the

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American Navy

  IRISHMEN IN U.S. AND MARITIME HISTORY REMEMBERED Two Irishmen in American Maritime History were remembered in separate ceremonies in the United States during the Autumn of 1998, when Commodore

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HM Submarine A5, lost Cork 1905

  (Forgotten Submariners) Early in 1999, Chief Petty Officer Owen O’Keeffe of the Irish Naval Service was visiting Old Church Cemetery near Cobh, County Cork. The purpose of his visit

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James Magennis, V.C.

Leading Seaman James J. Magennis was the only person from Northern Ireland to be awarded the Victoria Cross during World War II, when he received the highest British decoration, as a diver on the midget-submarine XE-3 for her attack on the Japanese cruiser ‘Takao’, on July 31st. 1945 in the Strait of Jahore, Malaya.

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Spanish Navy

  Seamen of Irish Birth and Descent in the Spanish Navy in North Africa. Years ago the Institute’s research department made a thorough examination at the Spanish Naval Archives (far

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War

Naval histories [summarize]

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Maritime Art and Dun Laoghaire

MARITIME ART AND DUN LAOGHAIRE by Cormac F. Lowth. cormaclowth@utvinternet.com Illustrated talk given to the Dún Laoghaire Borough Historical Society on Feb. 21st. 2007. and to the Matitime Institute of

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