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    Seascapes Friday 20 June 2014



    The maritime programme for this island nation presented and produced by Marcus Connaughton.



    Hello and welcome aboard this weeks edition of your maritime programme Seascapes we hear about a remarkable commemoration on Whiddy Island next weekend to remember a US Airman on the site of the old US Naval Sea Plane Base on the island – Norman Freeman author of Seaspray and Whisky has a tale about prunes , the prohibition police and Bombay ; we’ll hear from Clipper Ventures sailor Conor Byrne recorded prior to the fleets departure from New York.....first on Seascapes to a vessel which was lost off Lambay Island in The Irish Sea in January of 1854 ,of the six hundred and fifty aboard only two hundred and ninety survived , listeners to Seascapes will be familiar with the story from the book written by Edward Bourke – “Bound for Australia- The loss of the emigrant ship Tayleur at Lambay on the coast of Ireland” “ well a new book by Gill Hoffs – “The Sinking of the RMS Tayleur- The Lost Story of The Victorian Titanic” was recently published by Pen and Sword we spoke a few weeks ago with the author Gill Hoffs from a BBC Studio in Manchester .......




    “The Sinking of the RMS Tayleur” by Gill Hoffs is published by Pen and Sword and is available from a selection of book stores.

    The music we heard was from the late Sandy Denny and North Sea Grassman and the Ravens ....







    On Sunday week the 28th of June on Whiddy Island there is a special U.S. Naval Sea Plane Base Commemoration.The local community will unveil a hand carved stone memorial on Whiddy Island to commemorate the young marine Walford August Anderson from Monett, Missouri who tragically died in a seaplane crash on the 22nd of Oct. 1918 while returning to their base at Whiddy Island .

    The Itinerary includes

       A large flotilla of boats including the Bantry Inshore Life boat and Castletownbere RNLI, which will leave Bantry pier at 12 noon and visit the crash site. There, Kym Kemp granddaughter of the pilot of A1072, will partake in a wreath laying ceremony at sea. Following which they will return to the new pontoon area of Whiddy, where the memorial is located for the unveiling ceremony. The unveiling of the memorial will be performed by Lt. Col. Sean Costen of the U.S. Air Force, and Defence Attaché to the American Embassy.

               Musical accompaniment will be provided by a string quartet that are in Bantry as part of the Bantry Chamber Music Festival, and a poetry reading by Nell O’ Regan poet and director of the West Cork Literary Festival.

    The Irish navy will be represented , the Irish air corps and representatives of the American Legion will also attend, as well as local dignitaries, politicians and representatives of Cork County Council.


             After the unveiling ceremony there will be a break for refreshments, followed by presentations by noted Irish aviation historian, Tony Kearns and historian Ted O’ Sullivan, as well as Colonel Barry Hannon Irish Air Corps and Lt. Col Sean Costen U.S. Air Force.   Sean T. Rickard of the American Legion who will be present on the day will give a brief account of Irish American aviation links such as the flying boats in Foynes, and the early Irish air corps pilots who made transatlantic flights.


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