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.
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.
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.