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Limerick Marine Radio Schools

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Radio Officers were trained in Limerick. This is a history of the school.

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The Asian Adventures of the Bandon River Ships: “Hope” and “Thomas”.

A further account of the East India Company. The story of two of their Bandon-built ships “Hope” and “Thomas”

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Sibe Gorman & Co

From early in the nineteenth century until the present time, the image of a copper and brass diver’s helmet or hard-hat has been an easily recognisable icon which most people could associate with what has always been referred to as “deep-sea diving”.. This is the story of the company responsible for that image: Sibe Gorman & Co

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Historical Diving in Ireland

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.

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Italian Salvage Ships at the Galley Head

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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.

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Moyalla Salvaged

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

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A Riddle of Sand – The Kish Bank

It is often said that there is too much ‘rubbish’ information on the web. To be sure, there is rubbish but there’s rubbish everywhere. There is certainly not so much that the internet should not be used for research. This would of course be foolish. Like all libraries of information, one must discriminate and discard and hone, until you arrive at what you believe to be the nearest to accurate you can reasonably achieve.

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Lost to Time and Tide

This article offers no conclusions or answers, and is only designed to record some unusual archaeological features within a beautiful bay, which seem to have been forgotten and their use gone unrecorded. One wonders, just how old they are? Suggestions please.

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Concrete Ships

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

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Dublin Port Diving Bell

Engineering by Cormac F. LowthThis 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 of

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