June-September 2019

Frazer Mariner southbound off Brittas Bay beach on Tuesday afternoon. The Lough Foyle ferry was bound for Arklow for a nightstop over before resuming her passage south to Waterford the following morning. The vessel was bound for dry docking in New Ross

Ayress arriving from Scotland on Saturday morning with a cargo of round timber.

Elena seen at anchor in the bay on Saturday afternoon, waiting for Ayress to finish on the Packet berth. The Dutch vessel discharged a part cargo of packaged timber and sailed for Drogheda on Monday evening.

Merseyside Maritime Museum’s historic tug Brocklebank at Arklow port on Friday morning . The tug was flying the Arklow Shipping House Flag and the visit was possibly for a private function.

Brocklebank was noted departing for home on the Mersey early on Saturday morning. For more details about the tug visit the Museum website her

Laureline is another large Ro/Ro ferry recently introduced by Cobelfret Ferries (CLdN) on the Dublin – Zeebrugge/Rotterdam routes. She joins Delphine, Celine and Ysaline, which are now regular sights in the bay along with the smaller Vespertine. The company have operated the service between Dublin and mainland Europe since 2009.


Tina returned to the Packet pier to load out a cargo of bark mulch and sailed on Wednesday night for the Swedish port of Sodertalje.

Ceg Galaxy arriving on Saturday afternoon with another cargo of round timber from Scotland.

Ceg Cosmos arrives from Scotland on Friday afternoon with a cargo of round timber. Tina is also visible in the background at anchor after unloading a full cargo of packaged timber at the Packet pier. Unloading operations was suspended during the morning while the funeral of our Dad (Tucker Dover) left the Castle Wall and proceeded along Castle Street and the Bank Wall overlooking the harbour to St Patrick’s Church. This was a very kind gesture by Kevin Conway of R.F Conway & Company Limited and was deeply appreciated by our family.

It was nice to see a second ketch at anchor in the bay on Wednesday morning, Maybe is also under the English flag and according to their website, Maybe has a interesting history as she took part in the first ever International Tall Ships Race in 1956. She is now one of the few boats that took part in that first race to still be competing in the International Tall Ships Race today.

The Gaff ketch Maybe prepares to go alongside the East pier on Wednesday afternoon. Visit the vessel’s website here

Tina seen arriving direct from Varberg on Wednesday afternoon with a full cargo of packaged timber. The ship built at a Chinese yard in 2010 is operated by W & R Shipping in Holland.


The Bessie Ellen seen at anchor in the bay on Tuesday morning. The English ketch built in 1914 at Plymouth was on passage from Scotland to Fowey, Cornwall after a cruise around the Hebrides.

Ceg Galaxy motors south on Saturday afternoon for Youghal after discharging a cargo of round timber from Ardrishaig, while the larger Scot Carrier prepares to take a pilot and discharge a part cargo of packaged timber from Varberg at the Packet pier

De Havilland DH.104 Dove G-OPLC transits south over Wicklow Head on Saturday afternoon on a flight from Dublin to the South of England. The classic passenger aircraft dates from the mid 1940s and was in service with the RAF for many years. For more details on its RAF history click here . This is the second time l have seen G-OPLC over the bay and today l was in the right place at the right time to get a photo.

Ceg Galaxy motors into Wicklow harbour on Sunday morning with a cargo of round timber from Campbeltown , the ship arrived on Saturday night and went to anchor overnight. The cargo was discharged on arrival and she departed the same afternoon for the Mersey. The photo was taken near Brides Head along the Glen coastal path. I was hoping to get the ferry W.B Yeats inbound for Dublin from the same location,but a fog bank scuppered my plans.

The fishing vessel Revenge leaves Wicklow harbour on a beautiful Saturday morning to work offshore. The forecast for the weekend was dry and sunny with temperatures as high as 22 Celsius,

Ceg Cosmos approaches the harbour entrance on Saturday morning with a cargo of round timber from Port Ellen in Scotland.

Wicklow all-weather RNLI lifeboat Jock & Annie Slater puts to sea on Saturday morning, to assist a motor cruiser fouled in ropes over ten miles off the coast. The cruiser was towed into the harbour during the afternoon and safely secured alongside the East pier.

Ceg Cosmos at Wicklow port

The Dutch tanker Thun Genius motors north for Dublin port as Wicklow lifeboat heads out to the Codling buoy on a callout. The 115 metre tanker was built in 2003 as the Bro Genius and took her present name in 2013.

Dublin port tug Shackleton motors north for the capital on Saturday morning after a spell in dry dock at Cork. The tug built in 2010 in Spain is nicely framed by the recently built container ship Bg Emerald, which is also a regular caller to Dublin port.

Ceg Cosmos discharged the cargo of round timber on arrival and departed the same afternoon for Scotland.

Some of the whelk fleet nicely reflected at the south quay as the sun sets on Saturday evening. The end to a perfect late summer day at Wicklow harbour.

Irish Ferries W.B Yeats motors south through the bay on Monday evening for Cherbourg, while further offshore the Maris is also southbound for the Bristol Channel. The container ship currently maintains a regular link between Warrenpoint and Avonmouth.

Ceg Universe arriving from Campeltown on Sunday morning with her second cargo of round timber this week. The photo was taken on the Glen beach Coastal Path.

Happy World Helicopter Day 2019
Skywest R44 helicopter G-OCON transits north over Wicklow on Sunday afternoon on World Helicopter Day. Each year the helicopter industry come together across the globe to celebrate these amazing machines.

On this day in 1970 over Wicklow bay
On the afternoon of 16 August 1970, a formation of replica biplanes accompanied by a film crew in an Alouette II helicopter arrived over Wicklow bay. The plan was to get some aerial scenes for a new movie in production called Zeppelin.
During the filming a biplane and the helicopter collided in view of many spectators watching from various locations around Wicklow. My earliest recollection on the pier is the sheer panic in the aftermath and people shouting to launch the lifeboat.
Sadly, the pilot of the biplane and the four occupants of the helicopter died that day. I remember a memorial mass was held on the Packet pier a few days later for the five men.

Thea Marieke departs for Waterford on Tuesday evening after completing discharge of a full cargo of packaged timber at the Packet pier.

Beechcraft A90 King Air (over Wicklow bay on Monday evening. The US reg turboprop aircraft is based at Newcastle Aerodrome.


A nice sight in the bay on Sunday evening as Irish Ferries W.B Yeats overtakes the cruise liner Marina. Both ships left Dublin earlier and were bound for Cherbourg and Cobh respectively.


The ‘Belmond Hibernian’ hauled by GM diesel loco 216 passes Wicklow on a dull Saturday afternoon for Rosslare.

Alizee motors out towards the Codling buoy on Saturday evening bound for the jetty at Llanddulas Quarry in Wales, after unloading a part cargo of packaged timber from Scandinavia. The Thea Marieke is visible in the background as she arrives direct from the Swedish port of Monsteras with a similar full cargo. Both ships are operated by the Dutch W & R shipping and are regular callers to Wicklow.

Thea Marieke approaching Wicklow harbour on Saturday evening with a full cargo of packaged timber from Sweden.

Eastern Vanquish departs for Avonmouth in the Bristol Channel on Thursday afternoon as Ceg Galaxy arrives from Ardrishaig with a cargo of round timber. Eastern Vanquish is on time charter to Scot-line according to the Company website.

Ceg Galaxy departs for Swansea on Thursday evening after unloading round timber at the Packet pier.

The London registered Eastern Vanquish approaches Wicklow harbour on Tuesday afternoon from Workington, to load a cargo of recyclable metal at the Packet pier. This is the first visit by the vessel, which was built in 2012 as Bijlberg at the Bijlsma Shipyard and took her present name in 2015. (info: www.equasis.org)

Cunard Liner Queen Elizabeth southbound for Southampton on Tuesday evening after a call to Dublin.

Wicklow RNLI all weather lifeboat Jock & Annie Slater and Inshore lifeboat Dennis & Audrey seen during the Wicklow Rowing Regatta.

All eyes are focussed on the Men’s Senior skiff Race during the Wicklow Rowing Regatta on Bank holiday Monday as the ferry W.B Yeats passes southbound through the bay on Monday evening.

50th Anniversary of tragic accident at Wicklow harbour remembered
On Saturday 3rd August a ceremony took place at the Castle Wall, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of a tragic accident at Wicklow harbour, which occurred at the Packet pier on the 3rd August 1969.
Three occupants of a car sadly lost their lives, but thankfully a fourth person survived and she travelled to Wicklow today with her family for the memorial ceremony.
Relatives, friends and many local people including some who were present at the accident scene, gathered at the Castle wall at 5pm for the blessing of a commemorative plaque, specially commissioned by the families to mark the 50th anniversary of the accident.
Flowers and wreaths were placed by relatives at the plaque before Pat Brennan recited a poem, he wrote about the tragic accident. The ceremony concluded with local clergy blessing the plague, which overlooks the Packet pier.
Many residents of Castle Street including my parents still remember this sad event.

Garda Air Support Unit over Wicklow
A Garda Air Support Unit Eurocopter EC 135 helicopter transits north over Wicklow harbour on Saturday evening.

The ‘Belmond Grand Hibernian’ hauled by 216 crosses the Iron Bridge on Sunday morning northbound along the scenic Wicklow coastline.

Miss Helen at Bray Air Display 2019
The appearance of a Mustang at Bray was too good to miss and P51 Miss Helen is a genuine World War Two single seat fighter aircraft.

The 1,120-horsepower Allblack SL44 seen at speed off Bray during the Air Display on Sunday evening. The endurance racing powerboat is based at Arklow and operated by Allblack Racing team, who have set themselves a three-year goal of achieving 11 UIM (Union Internationale Motonautique) offshore ocean endurance long distance and speed records. The powerboat was also noted passing Wicklow harbour southbound on Monday.

Scot Leader discharges a part cargo of packaged timber from the Swedish port of Varberg.

Ceg Galaxy motors into Wicklow bay on Tuesday evening with a cargo of round timber from Scotland. The cargo was discharged the following morning and she departed later after loading round timber up river at the north quay for Birkenhead.

The Polish Sail Training vessel Brego was an unexpected visitor to the port on Sunday evening. She arrived from Dun Laoghaire and spent a few days alongside the East pier.

Isidor heads south for the West Coast port of Galway on Friday evening, after discharging a part cargo of packaged timber at Wicklow harbour, it’s possible the cargo originated from the Finnish port of Hamina. Another coaster the Ceg Cosmos was also approaching the port at the same time.

Ceg Cosmos takes a pilot off Wicklow harbour on Friday evening, after arriving from Fishnish with another cargo of round timber.

The 185 metre tanker Banglar Agrajatra seen over 30 miles off the Wicklow coast on Friday evening, with the Welsh hills clearly visible in the background. The tanker built last year in China is one of six recently delivered to the Bangladesh Shipping Corporation.The ship is on passage to Belfast from Avonmouth.

Crownbreeze seen departing from Wicklow harbour on Thursday evening after discharging a part cargo of packaged timber at the Packet pier, the small coaster Ceg Cosmos was approaching the port at the same time.

Ceg Universe approaches the harbour entrance after taking a pilot in the bay, she unloaded a cargo of Scottish round timber at the Packet pier and departed later the same evening.

Ceg Universe motors into Wicklow harbour as the Crownbreeze motors north to load a cargo at Dublin port for Holland.

The Dublin based Coast Guard S92 helicopter crew carry out a winch exercise on the deck of W.B Yeats in Wicklow bay this evening.

Tellus Aerial Survey over Wicklow bay
DHC-6 Twin Otter survey aircraft (C-GSGF) working over Wicklow bay on Tuesday. The aircraft is operated by the Canadian Sander Geophysics Ltd, who are carrying out the aerial survey on behalf of Geological Survey Ireland.
The survey is a national programme to gather geochemical and geophysical data across Ireland – in other words, to examine the chemical and physical properties of our soil, rocks and water.

The aircraft operates at 60 metres over rural areas and will rise to 240 metres over urban areas. The project commenced in May and will continue up to late Autumn.
The de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter has a top speed of 296km/h, a wingspan of 20 metres and is powered by 2 turbo prop Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6 engines.

Along with Wicklow Coast
The ‘Sea Breeze’ hauled by No.85 Merlin seen approaching Newcastle at midday on Sunday, the long zoom and heat haze add to the mirage effect. Its the only time l like refraction in a photo.

A shape image of the ‘Sea Breeze’ as it thunders past Newcastle in glorious summer sunshine.

W.B Yeats passing Wicklow Head on Saturday morning inbound for Dublin from Cherbourg. The photo was taken from Bride’s Head during a walk along the new coastal walkway from the Glen Strand carpark.

The multi-purpose, shallow draft tug AMS Retriever on the strand at Wicklow harbour on Monday evening, while being prepared for a survey project. Work was carried out during low tide and she was refloated on the high tide later the same night. The Damen Shoalbuster 2409 class tug is the latest addition to the Alpha Marine Fleet and for more details about the Wicklow Company visit the website here

The Ceg Cosmos sails from Wicklow port with her second cargo of wood chippings for Workington on Monday evening . In the foreground the beam trawler Lady Lu steams north.

The British yacht Vattfarne went to anchor overnight near the Black Castle on Sunday in the late afternoon. The Baltic 70 footer has a classic look but is very modern in design. For more photos and details visit the website here
Vittfarne left the bay the next morning heading north.

Filming took place on the fishing vessel Fort Aengus on Friday and Saturday alongside the East pier. The trawler had a red dressed figurehead placed on the bow during the filming. it’s likely the production crew are finishing scenes from last September, when filming on Fort Aengus also took place in the harbour. Any further information welcome about the film production.

Ceg Galaxy arrives from Scotland with a cargo of round timber on Saturday morning. She discharged at the Packet pier and sailed at teatime for Pennyghael in Scotland.

The Latvian flagged Ceg Cosmos departs for Workington with a cargo of sawn timber (Woodchippings) on Wednesday evening. The ship had arrived from Scotland with a cargo of round timber. She would return on Sunday to load another cargo of sawn timber.

Scot Trader discharges the last bales of Swedish packaged timber at the Packet pier on Tuesday evening, before departing for Inverness in Scotland.

Members of Greystones Coast Guard Unit carry out a cliff rescue exercise at the Black Castle on Tuesday evening. If you see anyone in trouble on cliffs or in the water dial 999/112 and ask for the Coast Guard.

Irish Ferries W.B Yeats motors past Wicklow harbour on Monday evening on the way to Cherbourg from Dublin port.

Wicklow all-weather RNLI lifeboat Jock & Annie Slater returns to Station on Monday evening after assisting two fishermen on a small fishing vessel with a rope fouled propeller near Brittas Bay. The lifeboat towed the boat into Arklow port and landed the two fishermen safely ashore.

Protest @ Greystones Harbour

Over 200 people gathered at Greystones harbour at midday on Saturday 22 June to support a Protest by three local fishermen, who are asking the harbour operators for facilities and a designated area to land catches. The Protest was covered by an RTE news crew and went out on news bulletins on Saturday evening.
According to press reports a meeting was scheduled for the following week, where it is expected all involved will meet to try and resolve the problem.

Newcastle Airfield

Robinson R44 helicopter ( G-OCON) lifts off from Newcastle Airfield on Saturday afternoon. The helicopter is operated by Skywest Aviation and is a regular sight over Wicklow skies.

Coaster arrival @ Wicklow port

Ceg Universe arriving from Scotland on a glorious sunny Saturday afternoon with a cargo of round timber. The cargo was discharged on arrival and the coaster departed the same evening for Birkenhead.

Le Niamh (P52) and CIL tender Granuaile at anchor in Wicklow bay on Saturday night. both vessels departed the following morning for Dun Laoghaire.