The Electric Boat Company in Connecticut has been at the forefront of naval innovation since its foundation in 1899. Patrick Boniface explores the rich history of the company. The Spirit of Rathlin was built by Arklow Marine Services and provides an all-year-round link for passengers and a limited number of…Read More
It was October 1959 and I was on top of the world having just passed “First Mate Foreign Going” and, after a weekend of celebration, decided that, with nothing better to do, I would call in at my company’s head office and let them know of my success. The Spirit…Read More
In the second of his articles on Northern Ireland’s vital links, Scott Mackey looks at the lifeline ferry service linking Rathlin Island with Ballycastle. The service is operated by Rathlin Island Ferry Ltd as a subsidised lifeline, on behalf of the Northern Ireland Department for Infrastructure, using two vessels, and…Read More
The chain of events that led to the Bergen Line building the Venus started in the head office of Swedish Lloyd. From 1879 they had operated a service between their home port of Gothenburg that linked Sweden with Britain.
After gaining my Masters Certificate in July 1962, I started to look for another job on General cargo ships, but definitely not anymore tankers. I wanted to have a better quality of life, ie a better social one, to hopefully meet the right lady etc.
This month we get a chance to hear from Captain Sean Rathbone, one of the Masters of the Northern Lighthouse Board’s two ships. Currently Captain of NLV Pole Star, Sean Rathbone has been with the Board for 24 years and has seen three ships brought into its service. We get…Read More
In the late 17th century, Liverpool was in the transition from being a relatively minor fishing port to a thriving commercial port. As a consequence, more and more ships were visiting the River Mersey with its navigational complexities and the beginnings of the new docks.