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Burhou 1 sailing from Wicklow port on Thursday evening after unloading round timber from Port Ellen. Her next port of call was Kilroot.

Ayress arriving at Wicklow port from Ardcastle, Loch Fyne on Monday afternoon with a cargo of round timber.

Irish Ferries Epsilon passes Wicklow harbour on Saturday afternoon on her weekend run to Cherbourg. During the week the chartered ferry runs between Dublin and Holyhead.

Emerald Gratia motors north off Wicklow port after dredging for mussel near Blainroe on Friday morning, l think she might have discharged the mussel at Warrenpoint – open for correction. The ship on the horizon is the 1995 built MV Rms Rahm ex Boeran,  over the past months she has delivered Scottish round timber to Youghal and Rosslare. She took over the weekly run from the Raba, which finished earlier in the Summer and l do not know if she is to  return.

Air Corps Agusta Westland 139 helicopter ‘AW 274’ transits north along the Wicklow coast on Friday afternoon. The photo was taken from Wicklow head.

The mussel trawler Maria eases alongside Rona at the North pier, The vessels moored overnight and departed early the next morning.


The cruise line Saga Pearl II heads north through Wicklow bay on Thursday morning. She had departed from Cobh the night before and was heading for Killybegs. The beam trawler Bridget Carmel had just sailed from Wicklow.

The mussel trawlers were hard at work again on Thursday morning dredging south of Blainroe. The photograph was taken at Wicklow head, which is the most easterly point on the coast.

Mussel trawlers at work south of Blainroe on Wednesday morning, l counted about twelve boats all together.

The mussel trawler Emerald Gratia arrives at Wicklow harbour on Tuesday afternoon. She would moor overnight at the North pier.

The Westport registered Emerald Gratia was joined later by the Rona at the North pier. From the flags we know the crew will be cheering for Mayo in the coming All Ireland Football Final on Sunday at Croke Park. Both vessels departed early next morning. Sadly Mayo were beaten by the Dubs that Sunday – and that concludes my first ever sports report on Wicklow Maritime!

The containership Bg Rotterdam is a regular sight in Wicklow bay, as she maintains a weekly link between Dublin and mainland Europe. These feeder ships bring containers to major ports like Rotterdam for onward transportation on larger vessels all over the world. The ship is seen southbound out of Dublin on Wednesday afternoon.

The Kurkse maintains regular links between Warrenpoint, Dublin, Cardiff and Avonmouth in the Bristol Channel. She has also called to Wicklow in the past with a cargo of packaged timber. She is seen southbound on Wednesday afternoon.

Air Corps Cessna FR172H ‘Romeo 203’ transits over Wicklow harbour on Wednesday afternoon. The light utility aircraft have been a familiar sight and sound over Wicklow airspace since the early 1970s. For more details about these aircraft visit

Concrete is poured to fill voids at the East pier on Tuesday afternoon. The work is expected to continue until the end of the month weather permitting. Public access to the pier is restricted during the ongoing work.

A diver gives the thumbs up as concrete is poured into the East pier.

Monday turned out to be a busy day at the port with Burhou 1 and Ayress discharing Scottish round timber and Elbetor arriving to load out scrap metal. The two timber ships arrived on Sunday evening within a few hours of each other and tied up alongside.

Burhou 1 discharged her cargo first and departed around 9-30am heading north. The Ayress then moved alongside the Packet pier to discharge a larger cargo. She completed discharge and sailed after 3.30pm that afternoon.

Elbetor motors towards the harbour entrance after taking a pilot. The coaster had arrived the day before and went to  anchor overnight in the bay.

Elbetor approaches the Packet pier berth after swinging in the harbour. She would load out scrap metal for the Mersey.

Work continues on the East pier on Friday afternoon, they are putting shuttering down at the moment and they expect to begin pouring concrete next week.

The Irish Navel Service’s LÉ Samuel Beckett departs from Wicklow bay on Thursday morning to resume operations. For more details about the Naval Service visit the website here

Burhou 1 eases around Marne at teatime on Thursday, as she makes her way up river to the North quay berth, to unload another cargo of round timber from Scotland.

Nice late evening reflections on the river as Burhou I discharges round timber on the last offical day of the meteorological summer 2017.

Marne arrives from Birkenhead on Wednesday afternoon,her last call to Wicklow was in March 2012 when she also loaded scrap metal.

Scot Leader leaves the port stern first on Wednesday after discharging a part cargo of timber.

Marne arrives from Birkenhead shortly before 6pm as Scot Leader departs for Warrenpoint. The photograph was taken from the Greenhill Carpark on Wednesday evening.

LÉ Samuel Beckett (P61) motors into the bay on Wednesday evening to anchor overnight.

LÉ Samuel Beckett is a Samuel Beckett-class offshore patrol vessel (OPV) of the Irish Naval Service. The ship was built by Babcook Marine and launched at Appledore, Devon in November 2013 . She was commissioned in May 2014.

Scot Leader approaches the port on Tuesday afternoon with a part cargo of packaged timber from Varberg. In the past skiffs would race out to sea to meet an approaching cargo vessel , the first crew to meet the ship would bring it into the harbour and discharge the cargo. It was a tough way to make a living.

This is Scot Leader’s second visit to the port since being aquired by Scot-Line. She was built in 2007 as the Odertal.

A Cessna 185E Skywagon lightaircraft (NI85ZA) transits north over Wicklow bay on Monday afternoon.

The replica sailing ship La Grace paid an unexpected visit to Wicklow harbour on Monday afternoon. The ship recently transited the Caladonian canal and loch Ness on her way to France after taking part in the 2017 Tall Ships Race in the Baltic.

La Grace goes alongside the East pier on Monday afternoon. The ship was built in Egypt and was launched in 2010. She is possibly the first vessel under the Czech Republic flag to visit the port.

La Grace seen from the Greenhill Scenic carpark. For more details about the vessel visit the website here

The ship departed after 8pm this evening heading south for France. The crew enjoyed a good meal on deck before sailing. Not long after she departed Wicklow lifeboat launched to search for two over due kayakers. Thankfully they were located  near Wicklow head and landed safely ashore.

Mv Tina departs after discharging a part cargo of packaged timber on Friday afternoon.

Pollux arrives at Wicklow harbour on Thursday morning to load a cargo of Glass cullet.Loading was completed in the afternoon and she departed for Liverpool on the high tide this afternoon.

Isis arrived from Scotland on Thursday afternoon to unload a cargo of round timber at the Packet pier. the beam trawler Bridget Carmel is seen at the North quay.

Improvement works began on the East pier on Monday with the arrival of the Engineering Company and their equipment. Divers have begun to carry out surveys along the seabed around the pier. The photograph was taken on Wednesday morning.

The liner Caribbean Princess motors north off the Wicklow coast on Sunday morning. The 290metre cruiser was built in 2004. She was bound for Dublin port after a call at Cobh.

Isis (1978/674grt, ex Deer Sound/1994 ex David Dorman/1989)  arrives from Corpach on Sunday afternoon in the rain with a cargo of Scottish round timber. She discharged the next day and sailed for Kilroot near Belfast. Earlier Wicklow RNLI inshore lifeboat had assisted in the medivac of an injured person on the yacht in the harbour. The person was taken from the yacht and landed at the slip near the Sailing Club, to meet a waiting ambulance. She wish the person a speedy recovery.

Velox departed on Thursday evening south with a cargo of scrap metal for Avonmouth.

Faversham Shippings Velox ( 2000/ 2548grt , ex Flinterlinge/2013  ex Lingedijk/2005) arrives from Silloth on Wednesday morning, to load out a cargo of scrap metal at the Packet pier.


MV Ceg Cosmos (1983/1139grt ex Elizabeth/2007)  arrives off Wicklow port on Saturday evening with a cargo of round timber from Scotland. The ship docked at the Packet pier on arrival.


The liner Ocean Majesty heads south for Fowey after a call at Dublin, she is seen passing the racing yacht CV28 near the South India Buoy this afternoon. She is one of twelve boats on the way from Gosport to Liverpool ahead of the start of the Clipper Around the World Yacht race, which begins on 20th August.  All the yachts are identical and the yacht crews will endure a year long 40, 000 mile race around the Globe.

The BIM inshore research vessel T Burke seen at the East pier on Friday evening. The boat is conducting the annual mussel survey along the Wicklow coast at the moment. If the areas are open we will see the arrival of mussel trawlers in the area.

The sailing ship Pheonix leaves Wicklow bay early on the Bank holiday Monday morning after anchoring overnight. The ship operated by Square Sails in Cornwall  has featured in many films over the years. She was built by Hjorne & Jakobsen at Frederikshavn, Denmark in 1929. For more details visit the website here

We were delighted to meet the Ireland 360 crew as they set out from Wicklow harbour on Monday morning. The team are on an epic challenge to circumnavigate Ireland by Personal Water Craft in aid of Help for Heroes and the RNLI Lifeboats. Rory Mackenzie, who lost his leg in Iraq, will attempt to become the first one legged man to achieve this accompanied by Neil Laughton, Mark Shoosmith and Tim Maw. The team are being followed onshore by a dedicated logistics crew.

The crew were heading south for a refueling stop at Courtown, before continuing to Kilmore Quay. We wish Rory and crew every success as they tour the Emerald Isle. ( Postscript -The crew completed the circumnavigation and we are delighted Rory achieved his goal.)

The Wicklow Rowing Club Regatta took place on the Bank Holiday Monday. Luckily the weather was kind, with only a few scattered showers through the afternoon. The rowing regatta signals the end of the Regatta festival – one of the oldest Festivals in Ireland today.

Wicklow RNLI Lifeboat ‘Annie Blaker’ (47-035) seen in Wicklow bay during the Rowing Regatta. The RNLI has been in Wicklow since 1857 and is funded entinerly by public contribution.
The sailing vessel Brian Boru arrives at Wicklow during the skiff races on Monday evening. She tied up overnight at the East pier. For more details about the vessel click here

A irish Rail 071 class locomotive (077) was brought in to haul a special train to Enniscorthy on August Bank holiday Sunday morning.  WT CLASS 2-6-4T No.4 was allocated to haul the train but was replaced by the diesel at short notice. It is seen approaching Wicklow in the rain .

The Wicklow Regatta Raft Race went ahead on Sunday afternoon, this year the course went from the Parnell bridge down river and ended at the north beach instead of up river. It went very well and was only marred by the persistant rain. Well done to the small volunteer committee who keep the festival alive each year.

Crown Mary (2010/2622grt) approaches  Wicklow port from the south to unload a part cargo of packaged timber. The Peikko (1983/1521grt ex Sabine L /1998 ex Rms Germania /1995 ex Sabine L /1992) had arrived earlier on Wednesday morning from Drogheda, she would dock later the same evening to load scrap metal once Crown Mary had vacated the Packet berth.