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St Katharine Docks in the heart of London – the Limerick
ketch Ilen will be taking up temporary residence here for a cultural
exchange visit early in May
The programme for the “cultural voyage” of the 56ft restored Limerick trading ketch Ilen to London in late April and through the first fortnight of May continues to take shape. The ship herself is now back in her birthplace at…
Built in Birkenhead on Merseyside, the C-class light battlecruiser HMS Caroline is to remain in Belfast Harbour as a tourism attraction.
HMS Caroline, the last remaining historic naval ship from one of the First World War's most famous sea battles (Jutland), is to remain in Belfast Harbour. As ITV News reports, HMS Caroline has been in the city since 1924 and…
Badóirí an Cladaigh illuminated their fleet of Galway hookers for the St Patrick's Day festival
Tributes have been paid to Badóirí an Cladaigh for illuminating their fleet of Galway hookers for the St Patrick's Day festival. Galway-based photographer Pat Cantwell captured images of the fleet of vessels on the Claddagh basin in Galway city. The…
The 1892-built Heritage Tall Ship Leader will arrive in Northern Ireland this month
Silvery Light Sailing is Northern Ireland’s only Maritime Heritage Community Boatworks and Sail Training Charity and it has just been awarded a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £244,975 for the acquisition of the 1892-built Heritage Tall Ship Leader and…
The Naomh Cronán Galway hooker in Ukrainian colours on Galway's Claddagh basin
One of Galway’s fleet of traditional craft has been lit in Ukrainian national colours in support of the people of Ukraine The Naomh Cronán is decked out in yellow and blue on Galway’s Claddagh basin each evening after sunset. The…
Terry Birles' 'Erin' was one of the first entries in for the Classics Class of Cork Week 2022
Royal Cork's Paris Boat Show announcement last December that there is to be a dedicated Classics Class at Volvo Cork Week has been receiving a steady uptake of entries. As Afloat reported earlier, a former famous Morning Cloud yacht from the…
For one hundred years, from 1818 until 1919, there was a large fleet of sailing trawlers based in Ringsend.
Maritime historian Cormac Lowth will present the final talk in The National Maritime Museum's winter series when he discusses the Sailing Trawlers of Ringsend on Thursday, 24th March at 7.30 pm. For one hundred years, from 1818 until 1919, there was a…
The 2017 regatta in Barcelona, Spain, run by cultural organisation Iomramh
Currachs take to the water in Barcelona, Spain this Sunday to mark Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations. The 11th annual Mediterranean Currach regatta is a festival of Irish heritage and culture, run by the Iomramh Cultural Association and the Irish in…
The stern of the Endurance with the name and emblematic polestar
Ernest Shackleton’s ship Endurance has been located in Antarctica’s Weddell Sea just 106 years after it was crushed in ice. The wreck of the ship has been filmed by the Endurance 22 expedition at a depth of 3009 metres (9868…
After more than a hundred years under the ice of the Weddell Sea, Ernest Shackleton's Endurance has been found
The search for the remains of Ernest Shackleton's Antarctic-exploring achieved success today with ghostly images of the remarkably well-preserved vessel being sent to the search expedition. Afloat has more on the story here
The first and very attractive custom-built Morning Cloud of 1971 vintage, now known as Opposition, heads the lists for the newly-introduced Classics Division in Volvo Cork Week 2022
It’s good news that a proper Classics Division is going to be included in Volvo Cork Week in July, and it’s even better news that one of the first to step up to the plate is Opposition, the gold standard…
The late Fred Ternan of Lough Erne
The boating community and those who treasured the maritime heritage of County Fermanagh’s Lough Erne learned with shock last weekend of the sudden death of Fred Ternan. Fred was a true son of Fermanagh. He was born on Inniscoonra Island…
Lecture 'Sailing Trawlers of Ringsend'  to be held in the NMMI in Dun Laoghaire on 24 March which is to presented by Cormac Lowth. For more than one hundred years, 1818 until 1919, there was a large fleet of sailing trawlers based in the inner Dublin southside suburb.
A lecture 'The Sailing Trawlers of Ringsend' is to be held in the National Maritime Museum of Ireland, Dun Laoghaire. The lecture is to take place on Thursday, March 24th (19:30 – 21:00). Cormac Lowth will explore the Ringsend Trawlers…
Facing both ways…..the push-me-pull-you Dublin Bay excursion paddle steamer Erin’s King at the Customs House Quay in 1895. For 25 years, she’d been the Mersey Ferry Heather Belle
In recent years we’ve become accustomed to the handsome blue mini-cruise-liner St Bridget plying her day-excursion trade along the coasts around Dublin Bay between Dublin Port, Howth and Dun Laoghaire. She’s now a welcome and integral part of the summer…
A campaign is underway to save a former UK Royal Navy 'Ton' Class Minesweeper that is partially sunk in Birkenhead Docks on Merseyside. The mahogany-hulled minesweeper, Bronington dating to 1953, was one of the last of timber built naval vessels in the UK. Among sisters of the class, AFLOAT highlights included a trio acquired by the Irish Naval Service in the early 1970's, they were HMS Oulston (renamed LÉ Grainne) HMS Alverton (LÉ Banba) and HMS Blaxton (LÉ Fola). The minesweepers were used as Coastal Patrol Vessels (CPV) with two of the remaining trio in service until 1987, when they too went for scrapping in Spain.
A fund-raising campaign is underway to save and restore a former UK Royal Navy minesweeper that lies partially submerged in Birkenhead Dock on Merseyside. HMS Bronington which belonged to the 'Ton' class of minesweepers, where intended to meet the threat…
Steve Morris at the centre of the skiff-building group in Kilrush. Pandemic mask precautions are a good idea in any case when you’re using epoxy resins
Kilrush may be best known internationally these days as the place where the Dublin Bay 21 fleet - originally from 1902 - is being re-born through the developing skills of the Steve Morris-led boat-building team in the south Clare harbour…

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