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Seascapes Friday 28 March 2014



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

Seascapes Friday 28th March 2014

On this week's show; Mary Celeste -Kieran Devaney reveals a story of intrigue from Nova Scotia to Spain; Clipper sailor and photographer Brian Carlin and No Mermaid from Sinead Lohan.

Hello and welcome aboard this week’s edition of your maritime programme Seascapes – this week we’ll be hearing about an illustrated talk on Asgard in Dublin by sailor Pat Murphy ; Brian Carlin – sailor , photographer and film maker on his adventures in the Clipper Ventures Round the World Yacht Race ;........... first this week to a remarkable story which brings together the voyaging of The City of Florence and Captain William Leask and links Sligo ; Stromness ; Spain ; Nova Scotia and New York ........the story of the Mary Celeste is one of the greatest maritime mysteries and has been quoted widely in much of the coverage of the missing Malaysian Airways aircraft in the past fortnight – The Brigantine was found abandoned off the coast of Spain in 1872 and was immortalised in literature as the Marie Celeste by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle , the creator of Sherlock Holmes Seascapes can reveal in a maritime detective story worthy of Holmes himself.....   compelling new evidence about what really happened to the ill fated sailing ship and her crew ...the intrepid Kieran Devaney has this exclusive ..... .............


The strains of the Ballad of the Mary Celeste by Eight Avenue – that report was from Kieran Devaney with thanks to Trevor Sweeney for audio assistance ; Seascapes would also like to acknowledge the participation of Patricia Long great grand niece of Captain William Leask the original 1st mate on The City of Florence ; BBC Radio Orkney and the Orkney Sound Archive can read and see more on this remarkable story on the Seascapes webpage...... and would you believe Seascapes listener John Innes was in touch to let us know that the Dei Gratia built in Nova Scotia in 1871 and which came to discover the Mary Celeste sailed out of the port of Youghal until she was lost at the turn of the last century in a storm on the 27th of December 1907 ..............

Congratulations to boat builders Safehaven Marine who have been awarded 'Best Pilot boat Builder of 2013'.by the Marine publication Work Boat World...................

A major fund-raising campaign will be launched in the coming week to save a famous lifeboat which rescued survivors from the Princess Victoria in 1953 and the Fastnet yacht race disaster in 1979. It's the second lifeboat with Irish connections to feature in a restoration project. Last month, the Former Ballycotton RNLB lifeboat, Mary Stanford, made famous for a daring rescue of the Daunt Rock lightship crew in 1936, was hoisted out from Grand Canal Dock basin in Dublin. Now supporters plan to restore The Sir Samuel Kelly and build a maritime heritage centre around the vessel in Donaghadee where it was stationed for 25 years and crewed by local volunteers from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.


Now to our Seascapes competition winners who each receive a copy of the lavishly produced “The Old Pier, Union Hall” by Paul and Aileen Finucane – the answer to our Seascapes quiz was Union Hall is located in  Glandore Harbour ......

The winnerswho answered correctly are

Mary O Kane in Belfast ;

M Hegarty, Commons Road , Cork

Sean O’Connor of Templeogue in Dublin

Tom Taafe in County Meath

Anne Harrington in Blackrock , Co Dublin


Many thanks for all your entries both by postcard and email....



   Next here on Seascapes to a young man who began his sailing with Tralee Bay Sailing Club in Fenit – he has sailed his way around the World in the past few months in the Clipper Ventures Round the World Yacht Race – he is Brian Carlin and a few days ago before he headed to Palma in Majorca to film Saskia Tidey and Andrea Webster he talked to Seascapes about his exploits...... ....

Brian Carlin sailor and photographer........fair sailing can read more about the Clipper Ventures Round the World Yacht Race on the Seascapes


This coming week from Monday - Annalise Murphy, Ryan Seaton, Matt McGovern and James Espey of Providence Team Ireland will take to the waters of the Bay of Palma for their first sailing World Cup of the 2014 spring / summer season.

     Andrea Brewster and Saskia Tidey part of the ISA Development programme will also take to the water after an intense winter training period. A record number of 882 sailors from 55 nations will race at ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca -

The Palma regatta will mark the beginning of an intensive six month training and competition programme for the team, culminating in the first Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic qualifier in Santander in Northern Spain this September.


This Monday evening yachtsman Pat Murphy will give an illustrated talk on The Asgard in Donaghmede Library , Donaghmede Shopping Centre on Dublins northside at 6.30pm you can read more on the Seascapes webpage......


“ Dublin Bay, the Cradle of Yacht Racing- Rewriting the Story of our Sport", a public lecture by Hal Sisk, yachting historian takes place on THURSDAY 3rd April, 8pm at Poolbeg Yacht & Boat Club in Ringsend, Dublin 4. Subscription €5 in aid of RNLI. Phone: 087 2129614


“ Next week......Hugh Oram remembers one of this island nations great maritime advocates here on Seascapes to coincide with the 6th Anniversary of his passing the late John de Courcy Ireland ; we hear about an EU Boat gathering with participants from Spain; France ; Belgium and Ireland hosted by Meitheal Mara ; St Michaels Rowing Club in Dun Laoghaire may need your help ........... Dublin Port plays host to Harbour Masters and we have details of a Cruise with a difference for heavy metal music fans with Motorhead ; Megadeth and Anthrax on board from Miami to Cozumel with no escape – all that and much more here on Seascapes next Friday night – until then tight lines and fair sailing.”

About The Show

Seascapes, the RTÉ maritime programme with Fergal Keane. Seascapes brings you around our coasts and onto traditional and modern boats and yachts for a taste of the great outdoors. Whether you are a trawlerman or a yachtie, Seascapes will be of interest to you.

Music Played on the Show

The Reel Thing

The Reel Thing

Hilary James/Simon Mayor


The Reel Thing

The Reel Thing

Hilary James/Simon Mayor


No Mermaid

No Mermaid

Sinead Lohan




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