Tag Archives: Ireland

Irish Beach Reappears Almost Overnight After Being Washed Away 33 Years Ago

The lost beach of Achill Island has returned after being gone for 33 years. Achill Island’s Dooagh Beach was a sand-covered strand until the summer of 1984 when a series of storms washed all the sand away, leaving a bare and … Continue reading

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In Praise of Galway Hookers

Recently, Travel + Leisure magazine rated Galway, Ireland the world’s friendliest city.  I wonder whether it has anything to do with the Galway hookers? But what is a Galway hooker? Is it: A Galway street-walker? A traditional single masted fishing boat? A … Continue reading

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Update: Brig Astrid Bound for the Scrap Yard

On July 24th, the Dutch sail-training brig Astrid sank after running aground on rocks on the Irish coast on the western mouth of Oysterhaven, near Cork.   On September 13th, the ship was lifted off the rocks using a 937-tonne floating … Continue reading

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Dutch Sail Training Ship, Astrid, Lost off Cork, Ireland – Crew of 30 Rescued

The Dutch Sail Training Ship, Astrid, a 136′ (41.65 M) brig, was lost this morning after running aground on rocks on the western mouth of Oysterhaven, on the Cork, Ireland coast, shortly after leaving the anchorage this morning.  Thirty crew … Continue reading

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Bill King – Oldest Submarine Commander & Solo Circumnavigator Dies at 102

Bill King, one of the last surviving World War II submarine commanders and a single-handed circumnavigator, died yesterday at his home at Oranmore Castle in County Galway, Ireland.  His family issued a statement which reads, “Commander Bill DSO, DSC submariner and … Continue reading

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First Tsunami Flotsam Arrives on West Coast & Perfect Storm Flotsam Discovery in Ireland

Two stories about flotsam and ocean currents. The first flotsam from the earthquake and tsunami, which struck Japan on March 11, is beginning to arrive on the West Coast of the United States. A large black float, believed to have floated from Japan, was … Continue reading

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The Sinking of the Kowloon Bridge, 25 Years Ago Today – the World’s Largest Wreck

Twenty five years ago today, the ore-bulk-oil carrier MV Kowloon Bridge sank off the coast of West Cork with a cargo of 165,000 tons of iron ore and 2,000 tons of bunker oil, becoming the world’s largest shipwreck by tonnage. The Kowloon … Continue reading

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Tall Ship Race Update – Christian Radich wins First Leg, Waterford Festival “an Awesome Success”

The  Tall  Ships Race 2011  is off to a great start.  The race was kicked off with a festival in Waterford, Ireland,  which was declared ‘an awesome success’ by the chairman of Fáilte Ireland, the national tourism authority. (See our previous … Continue reading

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Waterford, Ireland Welcomes the Tall Ship Racers with a Quayside Festival

Starting tomorrow, upwards of 50 tall ships will sail up the River Suir and berth along Waterford’s famous quayside, before setting sail for the first leg of the famous Tall Ships Races on Sunday, July 3rd.  During their stay, they … Continue reading

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German Submarine UC42 Rediscovered in Cork Harbor

Divers in Ireland have located the intact hull of German World War I submarine, the UC42, in Cork harbor.   The  discovery of the intact ship came as a surprise as the submarine was believed to have been destroyed by Royal Navy divers with explosives in 1919.   The … Continue reading

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Ballyvaughan’s Festival of Valleys with Wine Transported by the Ketch Bessie Ellen

In response to our post, Tall Ships Hit By Slumping Economy,  Will from the Tugster blog and Captain Peter from Nautical Log commented about the potential synergies of tall ships carrying cargo in addition to passengers.   Well great minds, and all that.  An example of … Continue reading

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