SS Lochgarry

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The first time I dived the wreck of the SS Lochgarry it was a hot day in June and I was sweating in my dry suit as I waited for the skipper to give us the signal to roll in. There were six of us were diving the wreck. I was last in when we […]

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

G2, the Coastwatching Service and the Battle of the Atlantic: 1939-41 Michael Kennedy (difp at iol.ie) [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)] A PDF version of this article is available: click here On the evening of […]

The Boyd Disaster

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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 breath, Raise me from sleep to wreck and death. Emma Hart Willard, Rocked in the Cradle of the Deep. February 1861 will be remembered not only […]

Shore Rescue

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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 […]

DunLaoghaire Harbour

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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 […]

The Crescent City

Mexican Silver Dollars at Galley Head P.O’Sullivan, Bandon – 1 November 2006 In 1870, The Liverpool and Mississippi Steamship Company took possession of a new ship, The Crescent City, which had been built at McMillan’s yard in Dumbarton near Glasgow. The Crescent City and her contemporaries had some very unusual features that harked back to […]

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 in with the sea’ which appeared in History Ireland in 2008.   A PDF version of this article is available: click here   The torpedoing […]