Archive Results For: Irish Sea

Colours of Scottish Herring Boats

By R. Stuart Bruce

This article discusses the various colour schemes adopted by Scottish Fifies and Zulus, with a wider plea that this enquiry may be extended to all coastal craft while they remain in existence. Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | North Sea | Irish Sea | Other (Twentieth C)
Subjects include: Whaling & Fishing

Early Liverpool Vessels and Trade

By Arthur C. Wardle

Paper read to Liverpool Nautical Research Society 1938. Importance of the port from early 13th century. Records of local shipping, names, tonnage, owners and crew sizes are given at points between mid 16th century (earliest records) to end 17th century, with destinations and trades or cargoes carried. Mention made of letters of marque, Elizabethan intelligence […] Read More

Filed under: Irish Sea | Other (Early Modern) | Internal Waterways | Other (location)
Subjects include: Harbours & Dockyards | Merchant Marines

British Shipping at the End of the Eighteenth Century

By Cdr. J Creswell RN

Any study of the defence of seaborne trade by the British Navy during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars needs to take account of the coastal trade of the British Isles and British colonies as well as their overseas trade. For five zones of the world classified by distance, the number and tonnage of ships engaged […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Baltic | English Channel | North Sea | Irish Sea | French Revolution | Mediterranean | Caribbean
Subjects include: Merchant Marines

Umiak: The European Ancestry of the “Women’s Boat”

By T.C. Lethbridge

The largest skin boat in the world to-day is the Umiak or “Women’s Boat” of Greenland and Arctic America. It is known from the celebrated drawing in the Pepysian library that the “Wild Irish” as late as the seventeenth century were in the habit of building and sailing very large skin boats, probably much larger […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Early Middle Ages | Antiquity | North Sea | Irish Sea | Other (Early Modern) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Pacific | Arctic
Subjects include: Archaeology | Science & Exploration | Whaling & Fishing

The Curraghs of Ireland Part III

By James Hornell

This describes the curraghs from counties Sligo and Mayo. Regarding the later county, it is stated that this traditional boat survived in small fishing harbours, and was different from the other Irish curraghs in that the bottom and sides were completely covered with thin planking. Two different designs were also found in county Mayo, one […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Irish Sea | Other (Twentieth C) | Internal Waterways
Subjects include: Leisure & Small Craft | Whaling & Fishing

The Curraghs of Ireland Part II

By James Hornell

Based on the Gaelic ‘curach’ these vessels comprised all forms of hide-covered wicker craft in Irish waters. Shipbuilding techniques are discussed; as trading interests expanded beyond the rivers and shoreline longer vessels with stronger longitudinal support were developed. Various designs “may be said to recapitulate the past history of the Curragh” up until the present […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Irish Sea | Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Internal Waterways
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design | Whaling & Fishing

The Curraghs of Ireland Part I

By James Hornell

An initial discussion of the etymology of the name is followed by a literature survey which reveals a considerable mythological element. There is then an extended description of surviving curraghs, based on a field trip undertaken in 1936. Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Antiquity | Irish Sea
Subjects include: Miscellaneous | Shipbuilding & Design

British Coracles Part II

By James Hornell

The article continues the description of the construction and use of coracles in Britain that could be found “until a few decades ago”. It covers the regions of the Ure, the Wye, the Severn, North Wales, the Upper and Lower Dee and Scotland. Dimensions and construction drafts are included as well as pictures of examples […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Irish Sea | Other (Nineteenth C) | Internal Waterways
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

Small Craft at the Science Museum

By G.S. Laird Clowes

From an historical point of view, the most detailed of the small-craft collections at the Science Museum is that of the yacht models. This collection starts with a contemporary model of a Stuart Royal Yacht dating from some twelve years after the introduction of yachting into England, at the time of the Restoration. The list […] Read More

Filed under: Irish Sea | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Harbours & Dockyards | Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Leisure & Small Craft | Ship Models & Figureheads | Shipbuilding & Design | Whaling & Fishing

The Sandbanks of Yarmouth and Lowestoft

By H. Muir Evans

The author studies the existing sands in shallow waters off Great Britain, and enumerates the different ways of approaching them. Etymologically speaking, many names are variants of old words for fishes, birds, coming from Old Norse, Danish, Anglo-Saxon, etc. Sand names come from: 1) their physical form; 2) date of appearance; 3) name of a […] Read More

Filed under: English Channel | North Sea | Irish Sea | Other (Early Modern) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Miscellaneous | Science & Exploration

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