Sunday, February 28, 2010

Shipwrecks of Cork Harbour - recommended site!

I've come across an excellent website named The Shipwrecks of Cork Harbour which I highly recommend to anyone with even a passing interest in all things maritime, local history and Cork Harbour in particular. It's not just shipwrecks but also the story of the harbour's naval tradition and sealife too.

Cruise Liner schedule for 2010

As you can see, my New Year resolution to keep this blog updated regularly went with most other such resolutions and I haven't posted here for a full two months!

I'm making no rash promises now, but I have something to post at last!

The Port of Cork cruise liner schedule has been published and is available on the port company's website at .

Once again it looks like a great year for liner visits with over 50 confirmed already including the Cunard line's new Queen Victoria and two visits from Royal Carribbean line's Independence of the Seas. Most of the ships are, as usual, coming to the cruise liner terminal at Cobh's Deepwater Quay. (NOTE: the car park beside the Deepwater Quay is currently full of huge water-filled potholes, someone needs to take note!).

Other port activity includes the long-awaited return of a direct car ferry service between Cork and the UK. Originaly due to start on March 1st, the arrival of the mv Julia has been postponed for a week as the ship isn't quite ready yet. The new service is a very welcome development - better late than never!

There's also a new cargo only service between Cork and France, courtesy of the BG Freight Line which is to operate a container service between Cork and the French ports of Montoir de Bretagne and Brest. This will also link up, via the line's other services from these ports to Rotterdam, Dublin and Belfast and the UK ports of Grangemouth and Teesport.

Last, but not least, a very welcome return of some good weather (by late February standards). It's still cold but it's good to see the sun shining after such a cold and wet winter!