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The Maritime Podcast Letter to Listeners

The next edition of my monthly Podcast will be issued on Friday, July 5. I’ve had suggestions from listeners to introduce a regular piece of marine music. What do you think?

There is quite a lot happening in the maritime sphere and it’s good to get news of these developments.

The UC 42 and the Quest

The propeller from UC-42, the German World War One mine-laying submarine off Cork Harbour, about which I’ve reported before, a joint effort between Blackwater Sub-aqua Club, Mizen Archaeology, the National Monuments Service, the National Museum and the Federal Republic of Germany. Yet to be confirmed on analysis. Photo: issued. The other the Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s expedition which found Ernest Shackleton’s ship, Quest, off the coast of Labrador. It was a schooner-rigged steamship when it sank on a 1962 seal hunting voyage. That was 40 years after Shackleton died aboard when it was anchored in Grytviken, South Georgia.

NEW EAST WALL SKIFF. It was built in the clubhouse of the East Wall Water Sports Group has been named ‘Patsy’ after its builder, Shipwright and Boatbuilder Patsy Whelan Junior, with help from his brothers Martin and Jimmy, and members of the Rowing Group. They are sons of Renowned Patsy Whelan Senior, the last commercial Boatbuilder in Ringsend. Patsy Junior is a shipwright with the Dublin Port Company. Photo of the skiff and its builder by Cormac Lowth.

A CURRACH, based on Achill Island design is to be rowed on the River Barrow in Carlow from Maganny Lock to St. Mullins from July 5 to 7. On July 19 it will be rowed on Achill Sound. It has been built through the ‘Pulling Together To Save Lives’ project bv Pat Comerford of Carlow Rowing Club, Pat Sweeney of Achill and Paul Palmer of Laois, to raise funds for the RNLI and Teac Tom Mental Health Services. They documented their project on Facebook.

200 YEARS OF HAULBOWLINE LIGHTHOUSE are being recalled in a photographic exhibition by Warrenpoint and Kilkeel Libraries in Co Down. It will be at Warrenpoint Library from June 20 to 29 June and Kilkeel Library from July 3 to 9 July. Haulbowline is an active 19th century lighthouse at the entrance to Carlingford Lough, near Cranfield Point in County Down. In 1965 it was unmanned and converted to electric operation. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

IRISH FERRIES re-named its ferry, Oscar Wilde to James Joyce. The name change was seen by documentingrosslareharbour-facebook as Oscar was taken out and James put in. The company is making operational changes. ‘James’ is expected in Dublin on Welsh and French voyaging.

GALWAY BAY SAILING CLUB has a new training facility, a €380,000 investment at its Rinville base near Oranmore. Johnny Shorten has been appointed Training Centre Manager.

FIVE IRISH FISHING producing and processing seafood organisations have united to “demand change at national and EU level”. The five are the Killybegs Fisherman’s Organisation (KFO), the Irish Fish Producers Organisation (IFPO), the Irish South and West Fish Producers Organisation (IS&WPO), the Irish South and East Fish Producers Organisation (IS&EPO), and the Irish Fish Processors and Exporters Association (IFPEA)

Keep in touch to widen the maritime community.

Fair sailing………………………………….

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