Seascapes Friday 21 February 2014
The maritime programme for this island nation presented and produced by Marcus Connaughton.
Seascapes Friday 21st February 2014
features naturalist Jim Wilson on his visit to Antarctica ; The Helen Blake Centenary in Wexford; sediment dumping on Great Barrier Reef;Lecture byEvelyn Cusack.
Hello and welcome aboard this week’s edition of your maritime programme …..Seascapes … have you ever wondered about how we respect our Seas spare a thought for the Great Barrier Reef where there are plans to dump tons of sediment more later …. this weekend events are being held by the local community and the RNLI to mark the centenary of the loss of The Mexico and the lifeboat from Fethard “The Helen Blake “….we hear about a lecture next week in the National Maritime Museum of Ireland by Meteorologist Evelyn Cusack….first this week to a wilderness where Shackleton/ Keohane/Tom Crean and The McCarthy Brothers explored and which one of our great mariners Edward Bransfield discovered ……naturalist , tour guide and writer Jim Wilson has just returned after several months aboard Sea Spirit in Antarctica he talked to Seascapes about the experience…….
Naturalist , writer , broadcaster and tour guide Jim Wilson on his recent exploits in Antarctica – Jim’s latest book with photographer Mark Carmody is “ The Birds of Ireland – A Field Guide” and is published by The Collins Press .......
Congratulations to our own Brian Carlin who is en route Qingdao in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race , his photography features on the Sailing Anarchy website who write- “ Brian Carlin made this piece of wall art on the Brisbane – Singapore leg of the pay-to-play Clipper Race. Less than three years into the sport, the diminutive Irishman has a long and brilliant career ahead of him ”
Speaking of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – we read that Conor O Byrne off the Derry Londonderry boat sustained a wrist injury so misses out on the leg to Qingdao – wishing you a speedy recovery Conor .......and welcome home ....
The National Maritime Museum of Ireland in Dun Laoghaire in association with The Irish Met Society are having a lecture titled “Ireland’s Weather – A Journey through Time” in the Museum on Haigh Terrace . The lecture will be given by the doyenne of Irish weather forecasters- Evelyn Cusack , Evelyn is Deputy Head of Forecasting –Met Eireann and Secretary of The Irish Met Society-you’ll be guaranteed to hear about Admiral Beaufort - Evelyn will give the talk on Thursday next 27th February at 7.30pm . Admission is ten euro . All proceeds in aid of The National Maritime Museum of Ireland .
On 9 December in 1886 the Mexico, a Hamburg-registered barque bound for Guayaquil from Liverpool went aground near Southport, in a full west north westerly gale.
A regular listener Bernard McCann in Preston in Lancashire on hearing about the Mexico centenary in Wexford this weekend was in touch about a vessel of the same name back in 1886 near Lytham St Annes........
A lifeboat, the Eliza Fernley, was launched from Southport in response to distress signals from the Mexico. When the craft reached the Mexico, it was struck by heavy seas and capsized. Two hours later, she was found approximately three miles from Southport at Birkdale. Fourteen of her sixteen crew had perished.
A public fund for relief of the sixteen widows and fifty orphans was opened with the RNLI contributing £2,000, the Queen and the Emperor of Germany also contributing. £30,000 was raised in total, a considerable sum at that time .... A memorial statue of a lifeboatman looking out to sea was placed on the Promenade at St. Anne's.
Distinguished author Eoin Colfer and composer Liam Bates will join forces to host a concert on the centenary of the 'Fethard Lifeboat Disaster' of 1914 which saw nine-crew men of the RNLI vessel 'The Helen Blake' lose their lives aiding the shipwrecked Norwegian schooner 'The Mexico' off the coast of Wexford.The concert is hosted by Wexford Sinfonia this Saturday in Wexford County Hall to honor and remember the crewmembers of ‘The Mexico’ and the RNLI who lost their lives, the performance will include a specially commissioned piece by Composer Liam Bates, 'Heroes of the Helen Blake'- there is a ceremony at The Burrow on Rosslare Strand on Sunday afternoon and Seascapes will be there we’ll have a full report next Friday …
The Reel Thing
Hilary James/Simon Mayor
The Reel Thing
Hilary James/Simon Mayor
Bbc Concert Orchestra