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    Seascapes Friday 21 November 2014



    The maritime programme for this island nation

    Seascapes Friday 21st November 2014

    features Albert the Albatross from Norman Freeman ; Jerome Lordan-No Flowers on a Sailors Grave -Shipwrecks of kinsale and Courtmacsherry; Carrick on Suir River rescue with Tom Hurley...UCC Maritime Conference....

    Hello and welcome aboard this week’s edition of your maritime programme Seascapes – this week we are off the Old Head of Kinsale to hear from former fisherman , author of “No Flowers on a Sailors Grave “ historian and proprietor of Kinsale Harbour Cruises – Jerome Lordan ; the Annual Commemoration for Seafarers lost at Sea while serving on Neutral Irish Ships between 1939 and 1945 takes place this Sunday with an Ecumenical Service in City Quay Church commencing at 12.30 followed by a wreath laying ceremony at the nearby Irish Merchant Seamen’s Memorial ; we have music from Calgary native James Keelaghan and “The Fires of Calais “ ; on twitter we received a rallying call from the Irish Skipper about boat registration as the Merchant Shipping (Registration of Ships) Bill is due to be voted on next week , had you heard about this ? ....first on Seascapes this week to this tale from the Southern Ocean with Norman Freeman and Albert the Albatross......

    Norman Freeman    Author of Seaspray and Whisky – Norman is one of the many contributors to Sailing By a publication that marks a milestone -Seascapes is 25 years on air this year and to celebrate The Liffey Press have published “Sailing By “ with contributions from many familiar names down through the years can see more detail on the Seascapes webpage ........All royalties from the sale of Sailing By are going to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution....Sailing By is in bookshops’ll have an opportunity to win a copy on the programme next week...........

       Next on Seascapes to a native of the Old Head of Kinsale – Jerome Lordan runs Kinsale Harbour Cruises and has recently completed his first book on the “Shipwrecks of Kinsale and Courtmacsherry – No Flowers On A Sailors Grave “ – Jerome told Seascapes how the project came about and where the title came from ........

    Jerome Lordan of Kinsale Harbour Cruises , “No Flowers On a Sailors Grave “ is in all leading bookshops and is published by Old Head Press.

    As a matter of interest Professor Hiram Morgan of UCC was in touch to alert us to a maritime Conference next weekend ......with the theme .....MaritimeHistoryConference‘Asafeplaceforships’:Cork,Ireland,EuropeandtheSeaUniversityCollegeCorkMainCampus:ElectricalEngineeringBLDG,L---1, on next Friday and Saturday you can see more detail on the Seascapes webpage – the conference will explain our sea going past and and our rich maritime heritage with topics ranging from Vikings ; Piracy ; The Spanish Armada – Free Admission, No Registration Required- The conference is organised by Dr Hiram Morgan and Dr John Borgonovo – School of History,University College Cork Funded by the Irish Research Council’s New Foundations Scheme with help from the Port of Cork..............



    What’s – ( you might ask ) in a Name? The right to register your boat in your home port!! “The Skipper” is launching a campaign to have fishing ports included as places of registry in the Merchant Shipping (Registration of Ships) Bill. which has  been passed by the Seanad, and the Bill is currently going through the Dail and will be voted on next week!!...first we heard of it on your maritime programme...your thoughts please to or make your views known to The Skipper .......


    To music now from a collection titled The First 25 Years – this is Calgary native and a plains man – James Keelaghan with ” Fires of Calais”


    The Marine Institute intends to obtain samples of spawning herring at the following locations:

    •          Bills of Achill in November
    •          Glen Head/Aranmore area in December.


    The samples will be taken during spawning time. These samples are urgently required to assess the extent of mixing of Irish-spawned herring .They will be used in a discriminant analysis of herring caught during the summer acoustic survey, taking place west of Scotland and Ireland. The analysis is a matter of urgency because the stocks are subject to a new ICES assessment in 2015.


    Currently, herring in the survey area are considered to be part of a separate stock. However preliminary analysis, by the Irish Marine Institute, suggests a component of herring in the area in summer belong to the NW Irish stock.

    Authorisation has been received to allow two pairs of pelagic vessels to enter the 12 mile territorial limits, and to fish herring on these known spawning grounds, on only one occasion each off Mayo and one off Donegal.

    Next week here on Seascapes –we hear more from that Maritime Conference in University College Cork , we’ll have copies of “Sailing By “ celebrating 25 years of Seascapes – in our Seascapes competition and some extracts from its pages ; and as Radio Officers gather in Dun Laoghaire this weekend we’ll be hearing from some of them on next weeks edition ; all that and much more here on Seascapes , until next Friday night ..tight lines and fair sailing.”



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