A Maritime Institute exhibition is part of celebrations in Cork to celebrate eight hundred years of the city's charter.

The  Maritime Institute exhibition at the Crawford Art Gallery consists of models, paintings, records and maps documenting Cork's maritime history.

Cork is a city born of the sea by which the first settlers are believed to have arrived around the year 6,000 BC.

The models of ships on show include The Bride J, the City of Cork, and paddle steamer Sirius which made the first transatlantic steamship journey from Cobh to New York in 1838. There are also models of more modern vessels such as the B&I line which were once the pride of Cork but have since moved to other ports.

The exhibition recalls the old time sailing boats of Cork and the men who worked them.

As Cork city has grown the commercial emphasis of the port has changed and the exhibition aims to make sure that tradition is not forgotten.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 20 March 1985. The reporter is Tom MacSweeney.