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bridget carmel

The beam trawler BRIDGET CARMEL motors into Wicklow bay on Wednesday morning.

granuaile

The CIL tender GRANUAILE passes Wicklow head on Wednesday afternoon.

kayak @ wicklow hd

A kayaker in rough conditions off Wicklow head on Wednesday afternoon.

jetstream

The Dutch JETSTREAM motors into Wicklow bay to pick up a pilot on Wednesday afternoon.

whelk fishing vessel

The fishing vessel BLUE DIVER arrives at the same time. I have not seen her before and she could be a new addition to the whelk fleet based in the port.

jetstream

JETSTREAM arrived from New Ross and will load a cargo of RDF at the Packet pier. She was built in 2010 in China and looks very similar to the Spanish built Arklow shipping F class.

jetstream

jetstream

jetstream

JETSTREAM loading RDF on Wednesday evening.

RNLI 47-030

RNLB DAVID ROBINSON on the slip on Wednesday evening.

RNLI 47-030

47-030 was stationed at the Lizard in Cornwall for many years , before joining the relief fleet.
30.9.15

scot pioneer

SCOT PIONEER arrives from the Swedish port of Varberg with a part cargo of packaged timber.

scot pioneer

scot pioneer

SCOT PIONEER sailed the same evening for Warrenpoint.
29.9.15

back of pier

A similar scene on Monday evening as the moon rises again in the East. The weather has been excellent over the past few days along the Wicklow coast, making up for the dismal summer.
28.9.15

ships in the night

Ships passing in the night
I took this photo as the moon rose from the East on Sunday evening, just as the Ro/Ro ferry AMANDINE passed the bulker BUNUM BRAVE in Wicklow bay. In the early hours of Monday morning there was a eclipse of the moon , which turned it a red colour. It was visable all over the world.
27.9.15

aircraft over wicklow sky

Every day contrailsof many aircraft are visiable over Wicklow. Flying to various destinations including commerical traffic out of Heathrow for the US. This jet was different as it looked like a military transport, possibly an American Boeing C-17 Globemaster westbound for the United States.The photo was taken from Wicklow head.
26.9.15

47-030 RNLI relief fleet

The relief fleet Tyne class lifeboat seen on the slipway at Wicklow on Friday morning. The forecast is good for the coming week with high pressure bringing plenty of dry weather.

isis

ISIS arrived with the second cargo of the week on Thursday night. She discharged her cargo on Friday morning and sailed before noon for Kilroot.

ISIS

ISIS

CEG COSMOS

CEG COSMOS motored into the bay on Friday afternoon and docked on arrival at the Packet pier. She discharged her cargo and departed after 9-30pm heading north for Corpach.

CEG COSMOS

CEG COSMOS seen from the Anchors on the Castle. The exposure was 6 seconds and l had to time it so the crane was out of the picture when the shutter was open.

CEG COSMOS

CEG COSMOS had just completed discharge when l got this photo from the Bank wall.

HUSKY & ISLAND FLYER

Island Shippings ISLAND FLYER and tug HUSKY at the north quay.

Whelk fleet @ wicklow harbour 2015

Looking up river at Wicklow harbour with the whelk fleet tied up for the night.
25.9.15

WICKLOW RNLI

The relief fleet RNLI lifeboat DAVID ROBINSON puts to sea shortly before midday on Tuesday ,to assist a fishing vessel with mechanical failure eights miles offshore. The boat with four crew was towed safely into Wicklow harbour.

ISIS

ISIS arrives on Tuesday afternoon with a cargo of round timber , she quickly discharged and departed at teatime for Sandbank, to load another cargo for Wicklow.

ISIS

22.9.15

ceg cosmos

CEG COSMOS motors into the harbour on Saturday evening with logs from Scotland. She was built at a German yard in 1983 as the ELISABETH and took her present name in 2007.

ceg cosmos

She discharged her cargo of logs on Sunday morning and departed after lunch for Holy Loch.
19.9.2015

alizee

ALIZEE arrived from Dundee to discharge a part cargo of Crown timber at the Packet pier. She was built in 2012 at a Chinese shipyard and this is her first visit to Wicklow.

alizee

ALIZEE motors north on Friday afternoon for Dublin, to load a cargo of Peat for Bayonne. I saw her passing Wicklow on Sunday night.
18.9.2015

nama skiff

The15ft skiff NAMA passes Wicklow port on Thursday morning. The rowers left Bray in May and have rowed around the Coast for charity. They plan to complete the circumnavigation on Saturday 26 September and will row into Bray harbour after a 1000 mile epic journey. For more information check their website here
17.9.2015

murrough

The Murrough took quite a bounding from the sea last winter, with the loss of a sizeable section of the popular walk. Who knows what the scene will be like next year.

irish rail

An Irish Rail ICR 22000 class train on the afternoon Dublin Connolly - Rosslare harbour service.

isis

ISIS arrived on Wednesday evening to unload more Scottish round timber , she departed a couple of hours later.

isis

16.9.2015

crownbreeze

CROWNBREEZE motors north for Belfast on Monday afternoon after unloading a part cargo of Crown timber.
14.9.2015

crownbreeze & 47-030

Wicklow RNLI all weather Lifeboat puts to sea on Sunday morning to assist a fishing vessel with gearbox failure in the bay. The relief fleet Tyne RNLB DAVID ROBINSON (47-030) is covering while ANNIE BLAKER is in Falmouth for a refit.

ceg cosmos

CEG COSMOS departs for Holy Loch at Sunday lunchtime after discharging Scottish round timber.She had arrived late on Saturday night.

ceg cosmos

CROWNBREEZE approaches the harbour as CEG COSMOS vacates the Packet pier.

crownbreeze

CROWNBREEZE is a regular visitor to the port with Crown timber.

Darkness falls at Wicklow on Sunday evening, ideal for a tranquil night scene.
13.9.2015

crownbreeze

CROWNBREEZE seen at anchor in the bay on Saturday evening.

mary kate

MARY KATE at the north pier on Saturday evening.
12.9.2015

Mary kate

The beam trawler MARY KATE arrives on Wednesday evening.

filming

There was great activity at the Castle Street Carpark on Wednesday evening as a German film crew were busy shooting scenes for a short film.

filming

The project seems to centre around the exploits of these four men as they approach a white jeep. Thanks to the film crew for the pizza!

mary kate

MARY KATE lands her catch at the Packet pier on Wednesday evening. The evenings are closing in fast and its dark by 8pm.

mary kate

9.9.2015

janna

Saturday morning saw the departure of three mussel trawlers , they were noted working south of Wicklow head through the day. Two more vessels arrived during the morning. The JANNA moored alongside the North pier, while MARIA mored at the East pier.

maria

On Saturday afternoon one of the mussel trawlers reported it was taking on water. Arklow RNLI lifeboat put to sea and escorted the Northern Ireland registered vessel safely into Arklow.
5.9.2015

maria lena

Friday evening saw the arrival of three mussel trawlers to the harbour. First to arrive was the MARIA LENA , followed by the larger RONA and EMERALD GRATIA. They moored overnight at the north pier.

rona

RONA motors into the harbour on Friday evening.

 

rona

emerald gratia

EMERALD GRATIA arriving on Friday evening.

emeraqld gratia

emerald gratis  & rona

mussel trawlers

The boats sailed early the next morning to harvest mussel south of Wicklow head.
4.9.2015

LE James Joyce

LE JAMES JOYCE (P62) passes Wicklow head southbound on Thursday morning. The vessel  was commissioned by the Naval Service during a ceremony at Dun Laoghaire over the weekend.

isis

ISIS heads north past Kiloughter for Scotland on Thursday morning, after discharging her cargo of round timber. The photo was taken at Wicklow head.
3.9.2015

ISIS

The ISIS arrives at the Packet pier with a cargo of Scottish round timber on Wednesday evening.

ISIS

2.9.2015

scot isles

SCOT ISLES approaches the harbour after taking on a pilot. The vessel is a regular caller to the port delivering timber from the Swedish port of Varberg.

scot isles

Low level photo of SCOT ISLES swinging in the harbour before going alongside the Packet pier.

drone

A 'drone' quadcopter lands on the Castle after filming some aerial footage along the cliffs near the Black Castle.
1.9.2015

Piper Cub EI-BCM transits north over Wicklow head on Sunday afternoon.

The Tower at the 'Head' was open to the public on Sunday afternoon as part of the nationwide Heritge week. The kitchen is at the top of the old lighthouse which is available to rent as holiday accommodation.

47-030

Relief lifeboat DAVID ROBINSON (47-030) arrives back at Wicklow on Sunday evening, after a excercise with a Coast Guard s92 helicopter off Greystones.

amber mist

The 'Turnhole' is regularly used by local boat owners to paint and carry out repairs at low water. Here we see AMBER MIST being painted on Sundy evening.

ilb

Wicklow RNLI inshore lifeboat races out of the harbour on Sunday evening , to assist a small angling boat with engine failure near Wicklow head. The boat with two occupants was towed to safety by the volunteer lifeboat crew.
30.8.2015

cub aircraft

Notices went up around the port during the week , alerting the public of the danger of swimming in the harbour due to bacteria levels in the water, which could cause illness. The County Council have said people should not swim in the harbour until further notice.
28.8.2015

sunset at wicklow

The setting sun gives a flame effect at Wicklow harbour

flag at half mast

The RNLI Flag flies at half mast on Wednesday for a fisherman who died after an accident on a trawler in Killybegs during the week. The fisherman was also a RNLI Lifeboat volunteer.
26.8.2015

sunset

Red sky at night, sailor’s delight
25.8.2015

 

alex roswell trekker

Long walk around to benefit RNLI
I had the privilege of meeting Alex Roswell over the weekend. The trekker from Kent is currently walking around Ireland visiting each RNLI Lifeboat Station , raising money for the lifeboats . The whole trip will take three years to complete , visiting all lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland. The photo shows Alex setting out for Arklow on a wet dull Saturday afternoon. You can follow his travels on Facebook #longwalkround
22.8.2015

crownbreeze

CROWNBREEZE motors out of the harbour after discharging crown timber on Friday afternoon.

crownbreeze

mfv mary kate

Beam trawler MARY KATE seen at the East Pier on Friday afternoon.

47-035 & 47-030

'Tyne' lifeboats Annie Blaker & David Robinson at the East pier on Friday afternoon , the relief boat is now on station.
21.8.2015

t burke

The BIM Inshore research vessel T BURKE returns to Wicklow after working south of Wicklow head. We usually see the vessel checking mussel levels along the Coast. Mussel boat activity has been very quiet over the last few years , so l assume levels are not good or viable for harvesting at the moment. The CROWNBREEZE is visible in the background at anchor.
20.8.2015

47-030

The RNLI relief Fleet 'Tyne class' lifeboat RNLB David Robinson (47-030) arrives at Wicklow on Wednesday evening. The boat which arrived from Worthington via Isle of Man will cover while Annie Blaker goes off station for maintenence. The lifeboat served at Lizard in Cornwall for many years before going to the relief fleet.

R116

GOUWEBORG loaded RDF at the Packet pier and departed in the early hours of Thursday morning, for the Dutch port of Delfzuil. She was renamed LEHMANN RUNNER while unloading at the Dutch port. Preparation was already underway at Wicklow as one of the crew painted the funnel in Lehmann colours.

LEHMANN Ship

19.8.2015

ilb wicklow

Wicklow RNLI Inshore lifeboat Sheringham Shantymen races out of the harbour on Tuesday morning

47-035

She was followed a short time late by the all weather lifeboat Annie Blaker , both headed south towards Wicklow head.

lehmann ship

At the same time the Dutch GOUWEBORG was approaching the harbour entrance after taking on a pilot.

lehmann ship

Rescue 116

The lifeboats returned to Wicklow and we could see a casualty being taken from the inshore lifeboat into the boathouse. Rescue 116 arrived over the boat house and a winch/paramedic was hoisted down to assess the casualty. Lifeboat crew kept the public a safe distance back during the winching.

Rescue 116

R116

The lifeboat cleared a landing area for the helicopter on the Castle. This is the first time a s92 has landed here.

R116

 

R116

The casualty was airlifted to Tallaght hospital. The woman and her family were swimming at Silver Strand when she got into difficulties. The inshore lifeboat crew rescued the woman near the Long Rock at Silverstrand.

R116

Rescue 116 lifts off for Tallaght Hospital. This was a fantastic joint opertion involving the RNLI and Coast Guard. We heard the woman was released from hospital the next day after being given the all clear.
On this day in 1970 a bigger incident took place in the bay, that resulted in the loss of five lives. When a helicopter with a film crew and a small airplane collided while filming aerial combat scenes for the motion picture ZEPPELIN.
18.8.2015

mary kate

The beam trawler MARY KATE at the Packet pier on Sunday evening as darkness falls.
16.8.2015

isis

ISIS arrives from Scotland with round timber on Friday afternoon. She spent a couple of hours discharging and sailed the same evening.

isis

14.8.2015

patricia

Patricia

The Trinity House tender PATRICIA arrived in the bay late on Monday and went to anchor overnight.

patricia

It’s not uncommon to see Trinity House vessels working on navigational buoys along the Wicklow coast. The Irish Lights vessel GRANUAILE was on the West coast and unavailable at the time.

patricia

A small tender picked up a Irish Lights technican from the East pier on Tuesday morning and transferred him out to the ship. She departed after 9.00am heading for the Codling bouy.

Patricia

Repairs were completed on the navigational bouys and PATRICIA returned to Wicklow at lunchtime to drop off the technican. She departed a shore time later heading north for Greenock on the Clyde. 11.8.2015

SV Belem

The French sailing vessel BELEM motors south past Wicklow head , after a visit to Dublin.
8.8.2015

jw archer departing

The former Wicklow RNLI lifeboat JW ARCHER made a brief visit to the port on her way home via Holyhead onThursday morning. She had spent time in Arklow for the Maritime festival over the Bank holiday weekend. The BURHOUI I is seen at the Packet pier after discharging round timber. She departed midmorning for Kilroot.
6.8.2015

'Regatta Day in Wicklow'

epsilon

Irish Ferries EPSILON motors south to Rosslare to unload a consignment of cars from Cherbourg after dropping off passengers at Dublin port. The rain stayed away for most of the skiff races and the sun put in a welcomed appearance during the afternoon.

skiffs

Arms from Wicklow and Dun Laoghaire rowers are raised to alert Race officals that oars have snapped . If they break within ten seconds of the start gun , the race is restarted.

ILB

RNLI display

Wicklow RNLI Lifeboats Sheringham Shantymen and Annie Blaker put on a display in between races.

s92 copter

Coast Guard s92 helicopter 'India Charlie Romeo' makes a run along the Murrough in front of hundreds of spectators watching the skiff racing.

s92 copter

stormy stan

Copies of the new brilliant new Wicklow RNLI Lifeboat Station book 'All clear ' Let 'er go' by Ciaran Doyle went on sale during the Regatta Festival. The book was offically launched over the weekend by the lifeboat fundraisng branch.

skiffs

Skiff racing has its origins in the occupation of hobbling. Hobblers were freelance pilots, and competition was strong to be the first to board the approaching ships. Not only did the successful hobblers receive payment to pilot the ships into port but they were also awarded the contract for discharging/loading those ships whilst in port.

The skiffs worked mainly between Lambay Island just north of Dublin Bay and Wicklow Head, where they required considerable skill on behalf of the oarsmen. The long tradition of rowing is now carried on through the rowing clubs affiliated to East Coast Rowing Council. (Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_Coast_Rowing_Council)

skiffs

The battle cry 'Come on the Mantan' could be heard along the 'Prom' from the home crowd as boats turn the bouys. The club took line honours in the Intermediate men and mixed races. In the Senior Race the club got third place.

skiffs

regatta fireworks

The fireworks on Monday night mark the finale of the Regatta Festival in Wicklow. It also signals the end of the summer for us. As the days of long daylight begin to close in. As usual the display was fantastic.

regatta fireworks

3.8.2015

CEG C  / ALLER

CEG COSMOS enters the harbour on Wednesday afternoon with a cargo of round timber.

CEG C/ ALLER

CEG COSMOS prepares to go alongside the ALLER at the Packet pier.

CEG C / ALLER

ALLER loads out scrap metal for Liverpool at the Packet pier.
29.7.2015

aller

ALLER went to anchor in the bay on Monday , she was expected to load scrap after SCOT PIONEER discharged packaged timber.

SCOT PIONEER

SCOT PIONEER passes ALLER on Tuesday morning , inbound with Scot line timber from Sweden.

SCOT PIONEER

le james joyce

LE JAMES JOYCE heads south on Wednesday after a courtesy visit to the Capital. Air Corps EC135 '271' was overhead as she passed Wicklow port.

scot pioneer

SCOT PIONEER motors north out of the harbour on Wednesday evening, while ALLER appproaches the entrance. It has been a great few weeks with multiple shipping movements.
28.7.2015

wicklow lifeboat

It is hard to believe but due to the bad weather in July! the Annual Wicklow RNLI Open Day was cancelled. But the crew were paged in the afternoon to investigate a report of a yacht in difficulties north of the harbour. The lifeboat was stood down by the Coast guard after contact was made with the yacht, with no further assistance required.

johnny k

The Kilmore Quay based beam trawler JOHNNY K rolls in the swell as she enters the port on Sunday afternoon. Another beam trawler the MARY KATE arrived later the same evening.

johnny k

26.7.2015

isis

ISIS arrives on Saturday afternoon to unload round timber up river at the North Quay.
25.7.2015

BURHOUI I & 47-035

ANNIE BLAKER races out of the harbour to assist a yacht with a rope fouled propellor , north of Wicklow harbour. The ketch was towed into Greystones harbour. The coaster BURHOUI I was departing at the same time , after delivering another cargo of Scottish round timber.

jw archer

The former Wicklow lifeboat JW ARCHER arrives from Holyhead on Thursday evening. The 42ft Watson is now owned by Hugh Searle and was visiting for the launch of the new Wicklow RNLI book and the Open Day.

jw archer

Hugh is doing a fantastic job restoring the boat to its original state. The lifeboat served at Wicklow from 1956 -1987.
24.7.2015

RNLB REG

The RNLI Shannon Class Lifeboat RNLB REG (13-07) made a brief call to the port on Thursday morning, before resuming her passage north for Dun Laoghaire to refuel.

RNLB REG

The Shannon class is the latest RNLI design. Jet propulsion gives a top speed in excess of 25knots. The first of this type in Ireland recently went on station at Lough Swilly. It is also the first RNLI lifeboat Class to be named after an Irish river, this is mainly through the longterm campaigning by Arklow man Jimmy Tyrrell.

wicklow lifeboat

RNLB ANNIE BLAKER launches to assist an English yacht nine miles offshore. The boat with two occupants was towed into Greystones. The liner on the horizon is CELEBRITY SILHOUETTE, she was one of four cruise ships visiting Dublin port today.
23.7.2015

A109-WESTON

The UK registered Agusta 109 helicopter (G-DMPI) transits north over Wicklow harbour for Weston on Friday morning. She is operated by Castle Air.

tina

TINA departs early on Friday morning for the short run north to Dublin port.

ALLER

aller

ALLER arrives from Liverpool a few hours after TINA departed on Friday morning, to load her second cargo of scrap metal.
17.7.2015

CEG COSMOS

CEG COSMOS arrived on Thursday from Scotland with another cargo of round timber. She completed discharge and sailed around noon.

CEG COSMOS

CEG COSMOS & TINA

TINA approaches the harbour as CEG COSMOS departs for Scotland.

 

TINA

16.8.2015

Cunard Liner

The 294metre Cunard liner QUEEN ELIZABETH motors north off Wicklow, on Wednesday evening bound for Dublin port.

ALLER

ALLER seen at the Packet pier waiting for high water to sail for the Mersey, with a cargo of scrap metal.

P&0 LINER

The P&O liner BRITTANIA was an impressive sight, as she passed Wicklow on Tuesday evening after a visit to Dublin. Her next port of call was Cobh. The ship built in Italy entered service in March.
14.7.2015

verity

VERITY sails on Saturday evening after loading RDF at the Packet pier . She is operated by Faversham shipping, who keep their fleet in immaculate condition.

verity

11.7.2015

verity

VERITY arrives on Wednesday afternoon to load out a cargoof RDF or Refuse defined Fuel. She is better known at Wicklow as the former UNION MERCURY , a regular caller in the past with timber cargoes from Sweden.

annie blaker

Wicklow RNLI lifeboat ANNIE BLAKER races south to assist a motor cruiser taking on water. The motor boat is believed to have struck an underwater object. The boat with two people onboard , was taken into Arklow.
12.7.2015

verity

8.7.2015

burhoui i

BURHOUI I arrived around 9.30am on Sunday morning with round timber from Scotland. She discharged at the packet pier and sailed after 2pm for the Scilly Isles.

burhoui i

5.7.2015

wavewalker 1

On Wednesday morning we said farewell to WAVEWALKER 1 and MTS VANQUISH , as they sailed for Falmouth.
1.7.2015

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