A Showcase of Articles, published here
A Riddle of Sand – The Kish Bank
Apostleship of the Sea (Stella Maris)
Audacious SecretClick here for full article World War 1 was declared on 5 August 1914. On 27 October 1914, disaster befell the Royal Navy. HMS Audacious, a modern "state-of-the-art" super-dreadnought battleship, struck a mine and sank. This embarrassment would have been immense and could have been pivotal to their fortunes only weeks into WW1. It would have been very demoralising to the British public to admit the loss of such a vessel. It remained a secret until the end of the war
Captain HutchisonClick here for full article Captain William Hutchison (1793-1881): the first Harbourmaster of Kingstown 1817-1874; Coxswain of the Dublin port lifeboat based at Sandycove; Ex Lieutenant in RN; Inspector of Bulloch Quarries; Pilot Master Port of Dublin; Justice of the Peace.
Coastguard Lifesaving Carts
Concrete ShipsClick here for full article Irish shipyards Warrenpoint – Concrete ships Cretefield 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…
Crescent City – Mexican Silver Dollars
Demeray: Treasure Ship
Demeray: Treasure ShipClick here for full article “The two barren islets are best remembered as the scene of the several shipwrecks. Here in 1819 the Demerary carrying gold bullion was wrecked and sank. One of her passengers, a Scotsman named Hugh Monro Robertson and sixteen members of the crew were washed ashore at Cullenstown and buried in the ancient graveyard in the Cill Park near Cullenstown Castle. Monroe’s is the only tombstone there now as one of the pillars from the memorial over the sailors’ grave was used as a weight on a harrow by a local farmer. To this day it is said that traces of gold dust from the Demerary’s strong room are found on the sand of the Keeraghs”
Diving on the Lusitania
Dublin Port Diving Bell
Dublin Port Diving BellClick here for full article Engineering by Cormac F. Lowth This article was first published in The International Journal of Diving History, Volume 3, Number 1, July 2010 The restored bell In the nineteenth century, several factors combined, which both facilitated and necessitated the expansion…
Early Irish Free State Naval Activity
Early Irish Free State Naval ActivityClick here for full article Eddie Bourke Dainty The early years of the Irish Free State from January 1922 were a time of turmoil after the war of Independence ceased with the Truce in July 1921. The British army commenced their withdrawal and the Free…
Fethard Lifeboat Disaster.
Francis Beaufort (Wind Scale)
Francis Beaufort (Wind Scale)Click here for full article 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?
From Havana to Skibereen (Piet Hein)
From Havana to Skibereen (Piet Hein)Click here for full article "The bones of the treasure ship Santa Anna Maria lie strewn in forty feet of water on a rocky headland off Reen point in Castlehaven. Her oak keel and planking are largely intact" - read the story from the age of discovery and colonization of kingdoms of the new world.
G2, the coast-watching service and the Battle of the Atlantic
Guardships at Kingstown
Historical Diving in Ireland
Historical Diving in IrelandClick here for full article While there were few diving inventors or innovators in Ireland, it is remarkable that many of the early diving pioneers worked around the Irish coast. Local entrepreneurs and salvors were quick to exploit the invention of the helmet in the early 19th century and rapidly took on salvage work on their own account.
HMS A5 (Forgotten Submariners) Lost at Cobh
HMS A5 (Forgotten Submariners) Lost at CobhClick here for full article on 13 February 1905. H M Submarine A5 was in the Haulbowline Naval Base, Queenstown,(now Cobh), Co Cork. There was an explosion while her petrol engine was being refueled. The dead were buried in the Old Church Cemetery. The five graves were neglected and overgrown with moss such that the headstones could not be read. In 1999, Chief Petty Officer Owen O'Keeffe of the Irish Naval Service initiated their restoration
Hobblers – who were they?
Hobblers – who were they?Click here for full article 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.
Ireland’s Mercantile Marine during the Second World War
Ireland’s Mercantile Marine during the Second World WarClick here for full article An earlier version of this article was donated to Wikipedia The Irish Mercantile Marine during World War II continued essential overseas trade during the conflict, a period referred to as “The Long Watch” by Irish mariners. Irish merchant shipping ensured…
Irish WWII Losses
ISL and Lemass
ISL and LemassClick here for full article This article has been written to give people a sense of conditions in Ireland during the early years of the “Emergency” which existed in Ireland from 1939, and the urgent need for shipping which brought about the formation of Irish Shipping Ltd. In condensing a journal of 200 close typewritten pages much detail can be lost but I have taken great pains to reproduce each commodity named so you will understand where the most want occurred. I have learned great respect for the Minister, his Department, the officials of Irish Shipping, their Officers and Crew many of whom paid the ultimate price, with their lives, so we would have the necessities of life in a very turbulent time for our young Nation and the World. - Joe Ryan, 19th March 2016.
Italian Salvage Ships at the Galley Head
John DeLap – Imperial Russian Navy
John Philip Holland (Submarines)
John Richardson Wigham
John Richardson WighamClick here for full article A great inventor and businessman. Actually born in Scotland, he was accused of being Irish, which he never denied. When he was 15 years old he left Scotland for Dublin to start his apprenticeship. Despite prejudice he was very successful