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Ships, Boats & Maritime


  • OpenSeaMaps
  • "OpenCPN" Chart Plotter Navigator.   Open source software - great features such as ability to use both raster & vector charts. OE-SENC vetor charts are available for Ireland. Well designed. Can access BSB v4 charts too. Has AIS interface. Well recommended.




  • Arthur Bestic Dubliner Arthur Bestic and author of "KICKING CANVAS", began his apprentice at sea aboard the square rigger "Denbigh Castle" int the early 1900s. This book relates the story of one of the longest voyages aboard one of these clippers. Undoubtedly there is another book to be written on Artrhur Bestics life: In 1915, when acting as third officer aboard the Lusitania, he defied the odds to survive the ship's sinking and saved 12 in the process. Again during WW2, as captain of the Irish Lights vessel "ISOLDA" he again survived when a German bomber destroyed the ship on 19/Dec/1940, killing six of the crew. He was to return to the wreck scene of the Lusitania as part of a survey group in the 1950s, using the latest Decca sonar equipment. They did find the wreck, but Arthur Bestic had left under a cloud at that point.
  • Warships, U-boats and Liners A great reference. This book, published Nov/2012, will hopefully be the first of many that eminate from the recent GSI/Informar underwater survey combined with archaeological work from the Underwater Archaeology Unit, National Monuments Service. It sysopsises the life and death of 60 selected wrecks, their demise, their current location and state. Most have a multibeam image and historical photos. If you are into diving, wreck fishing or Irish maratime history this is recommended. Bain sult as.