Seascapes Friday 20 December 2013
Hello and welcome aboard this week’s edition of your maritime programme -Seascapes , we have a signed copy of the sumptuous “ The Lifeboat - Courage On Our Coasts” to win in our Seascapes competition and we talk to Nigel Millard ; Robert Dunne tells us about his great grandmother ‘s survival aboard the Laird Line’s “Rowan” in 1921 ; first this week to the other side of the world to the Philippines where fishermen - their boats and their fishing tackle were devastated by Typhoon Haiyan - Dominic MacSorley is the Chief Executive of CONCERN - he talked to Seascapes about the plight of the fishermen
Here on Seascapes we are mindful that our own fishing communities are seeing their liveliehoods threatened by a poor share of the fishing quota and an industry hidebound in regulation…….
To the lifeboats of the RNLI next in our end of year competition here on Seascapes is for a signed copy of “The Lifeboat - Courage On Our Coasts” we want you to tell us the new lifeboat class named after an Irish river and designed by RNLI Naval Architect Peter Eyre who features in the book ….Answers on a postcard to Seascapes , RTE Radio 1, Fr Mathew Street , Cork or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org …
The book features the photography of Nigel Millard whom we met a few weeks ago - Nigel is known to many lifeboat crews right around our coast….we talked to Nigel about some of the images in the book and the rescue of the Rambler 100 during the Fastnet Race …….
Photographer Nigel Millard - to win that signed copy of “The Lifeboat - Courage on Our Coasts” just name that major Irish river that gives its name to the new class of lifeboat……
On Christmas Eve …..a short ceremony will take place at mid-day at the lighthouse end of Dun Laoghaire's popular East Pier and will include music, an ecumenical blessing, a contemporary newspaper account of the 1895 tragedy and a piped lament. Both RNLI lifeboats stationed at Dun Laoghaire will launch and the crews will lay wreaths at sea close to the pier. The ceremony is a long-standing Christmas Eve tradition that remembers the lives of the 15 volunteer crew that died when their lifeboat capsized in gale force winds while attempting to rescue those on board the SS Palme that had run aground off Blackrock, Co. Dublin. All lives lost at sea will also be included in the ceremony. Relatives of the original 1895 lifeboat crew are expected to be amongst those who will walk the pier for the 20-minute ceremony. Piper Paul McNally of Dublin Fire Brigade, musician William Byrne and journalist Fergal Keane will be amongst the contributors to the event that has been facilitated by the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company. In case of inclement weather, an alternative ceremony will still be held closer to the lifeboat station.??
Some time ago through a good friend of the programme Brian Trench we heard of this next tale of survival which coincided with a tour by the Southern Syncopated Orchestra…..
Robert Dunne told us about his great grandmother’s voyage aboard the Laird Line Ship ”The Rowan” out of Glasgow bound for Dublin ……..
A remarkable escape in October of 1921 recalled by Robert Dunne…..Earlier we learnt about the plight of fishermen and their families in the Philippines - well over the Christmas period seafarers will be at work right around the globe - Dermot Desmond Ships Visitor and Communications Officer.
at The Flying Angel Centre - at The Mission to Seafarers has this message ……
The Flying Angel Centre of the Mission to Seafarers Dublin Port will open from 1pm to 4pm and from 7pm to 9pm on Christmas Day to welcome Seafarers of any nationality or creed. They wish all their Volunteers and Management Committee and friends at Stella Maris Apostleship of the Sea and all the people who work in Dublin Port andthe Stevedores and Pilots who support their work through the year. Seafarers who are missing their families at this time are especially welcome at the Flying Angel Centre.
“Well that’s all for another year here on Seascapes - we have no programme next Friday night - however Seascapes returns on Friday the 3rd January with a Seascapes special on Otway Waller - the man who invented running sails - he was a contemporary of Riddle of the Sands author Erskine Childers and yachtsman Conor O’Brien - we’ll be talking to John Waller who has captured the adventures of his father in the pages of “Atlantic Affair”…..Kieran Devaney has the tale of the Limerick steamer the Alveyaroo - - so until the New Year - all of the Seascapes crew wish you every good wish for the festive season -Nollaig Shona Dhibh …and a peaceful -Happy and Prosperous New Year, fair winds…”