Archive Results For: Irish Sea

The Cots of Rosslare Harbour and Wexford

By Owain T. P. Roberts

Well-adapted for fishing the estuarial waters of Wexford, the cot is flat-bottomed and usually double-ended with a sharply-angled chine.  Historical affinities have variously been suggested with Somerset flatners, Newfoundland dories and earlier Celtic styles.  Built by the Wickham family for 200 years, although now reduced in length, present-day cots, as illustrated, are clinker built above […] Read More

Filed under: Irish Sea | Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Leisure & Small Craft

The Boat Motif on the Tintagel Slate Fragment: its Implications

By A.W. Farrell

This paper argues that the Tintagel slate motif provides evidence for a planked boat tradition in the western waters of Britain and Ireland in the early medieval period. The slate fragment dates from pre 9th century and depicts a hull and possibly a simple yard and sail. The seven horizontal lines on the simple hull […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Early Middle Ages | English Channel | Irish Sea
Subjects include: Art & Music | Shipbuilding & Design

English Privateering in the War of the Spanish Succession 1702-1713

By W. R. Meyer

This article is a very comprehensive description of the workings of privateering in the period reviewed. There are detailed tables in it, enumerating the total of Letters of Marque issued, the number of prizes condemned, and the geographical origins of the vessels which captured them. A clear distinction is made between the smaller Channel Island […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Spanish Succession | English Channel | Irish Sea | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Administration | Merchant Marines | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

Admiral Lord Edward Russell and the Building of St Paul’s Cathedral

By John Illsley

A late seventeenth century shipwreck with a cargo of sixty-six tonnes of Carrara marble illustrates the link between the Mediterranean Command and marble imports.  English foreign policy then required commercial and naval expansion into the Mediterranean.  Leghorn, a major trade and naval base, exported, inter alia, Carrara marble.  The marble needed for building St. Paul’s […] Read More

Filed under: Nine Years' War | Irish Sea | Mediterranean | Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Administration | Logistics | Merchant Marines | Navies

Sir George Ayscue, Commonwealth and Restoration Admiral

By Peter Le Fevre

Biography of the career of Sir George Ayscue (c.1615 – 1672). Provides an account of his service on the Parliamentarian side during the English Civil War, including his role at the siege of Pendennis Castle, actions around the Scilly Islands in the Irish Sea, and service in the Caribbean as Governor of Barbados. Also covers […] Read More

Filed under: English Civil War | English Channel | Dutch Wars | Irish Sea | Caribbean
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Biography

The French Privateer Du Teillay, which Carried Prince Charles Edward to the Highlands (1745)

By Marc Paille

The author responds to Colonel Harold Wylie’s depiction,  “Action at Sea, 9 July 1745”, of the Du Teillay as a French Royal Frigate in a February 1974 article in the Mariner’s Mirror.  Based on information from the Archives Departementales of Nantes, the author concludes that the Du Teillay was a much smaller ship than depicted, […] Read More

Filed under: Irish Sea | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

Ships, Masters and Shipowners of the Wirral 1550-1650

By Donald Woodward

There averaged some two dozen commercial vessels operating from the Wirral ports over the Tudor and early Stuart periods, transporting a variety of commodities, mainly with Ireland and especially between Chester and Dublin. Port books, wills and probate inventories provide some evidence of how the fleet was organised, its work patterns and ownership. These also […] Read More

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

Powder Hoys on the Mersey

By E.W. Paget-Tomlinson

Strongly built hoys were constructed and used for carrying powder and explosives on the Mersey under sail and then power. This article considers the rigging and work of these specialist craft and provides details of the Bebington, Bromborough, Birkenhead, Eastham and Swallow. Read More

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

The Mersey Boatmen and their Gigs

By Michael Stammers (1943-2013)

The Mersey boatmen of the eighteenth – early twentieth century ferried people around the Mersey estuary, transported passengers and luggage to and from the sailing ship anchorages at Sloyne and the Magazines, plied as free lance docking and mooring crews, acted as unofficial pilots, and touted for the notorious Liverpool doss houses. Regulations were made […] Read More

Filed under: Irish Sea | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Harbours & Dockyards | Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Manpower & Life at Sea | Ship Handling & Seamanship

The Stranding of the S.S. Great Britain in Dundrum Bay

By E C B Corlett

On the 22nd September 1846, at the start of a routine transatlantic voyage from Liverpool, the SS Great Britain, then the largest in the world, narrowly missed rocks to run ashore on the beach in Dundrum Bay. The author analyses accounts given at the time and also detailed contemporary weather and tidal data in order […] Read More

Filed under: Irish Sea | Other (Nineteenth C) | Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Ocean Liners & Passenger Craft | Ship Handling & Seamanship

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