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The International Sailor of Derry – A man just getting on with his job

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International Sailor Sculpture Derry

Most of the time I feel war memorials have little to do with the horror of war and have more to do with the expected viewership and even planning laws. The International Sailor in Derry is a great example of compromise for a modern era. A away from the centre of a divided city –…

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Old Harbour – Rotterdam

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Rotterdam Old Harbour

Oude Haven, the old harbour was created around 1350 as a result of the damming of the river Rotte. As the name might suggest it is the oldest harbour in Rotterdam. Moored here are many historic ships which have been carefully renovated. There are other artefacts from the past including a train.

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The Drumlins and Vikings of Strangford Lough

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Though Strangford Lough is a long way from Scandinavia, it has an impressive Viking heritage. The ford from Old Norse Strangr Fjörðr. But it was also host to a battle between two groups of Viking rivals.

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La Girona – hospitality and in-hospitality of the Irish coastline

in Atlantic Ocean/Boats/Fresh/Shipwrecks

Ireland wasn’t always the best place to land if you were a Spanish sailor of the 16th century. The ships of the Spanish Armada which ended up on Irish shores received different sorts of welcomes. And sometimes the local people were more pleasant than the weather conditions. 

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Fish and Spaniards – Killybegs

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Killybegs Donegal Fishing Port

I only had a brief encounter with Killybegs which is one of the most famous ports in Ireland. Though not famous for tourism, it is still an essential part of the first 100 years of Ireland since independence – a sort of jewel in the crown of rural Ireland. 

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Dunsevrick Harbour – Oh how little we know

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Dunsevrick Harbour is somewhat of a knowledge blind-spot for me. I could find little information about the harbour other than the charges for boats. It seems to have been there for a long time.

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Where did the first megaliths emerge? Ancient sea-faring might be the key

in Boats/Fresh/Prehistoric/Science and Geography

Thousands of megaliths, such as Newgrange and Stonehenge, are found throughout Europe. Where were the first of these built? Bettina Schulz Paulsson of the University of Gothenburg, Sweden analysed the dates from over 2000 megaliths in Europe, and has made a suggestion where these were first built.

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LV Petrel

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LV Petrel

Though now the headquarters for a cruising club on Ballydorn Bay, at Strangford Lough, the LV Petrel was commissioned by the Commissioners of Irish Lights in 1913, and built by the Dublin Drydocks Company.

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Another reason to use the East Link – Poolbeg yacht and boat club

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Poolbeg yacht and boat club

One of the best reasons to cross the East Link bridge, is to catch a glimpse of the boats close to Poolbeg Yacht, Boat Club, & Marina.  

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