On 1 January 1867, John Swire & Sons, having been established as merchants in Liverpool since 1816, opened the first branch in China at Shanghai under the name Butterfield & Swire. They had in fact, been in business from early the previous year, and Swire publications give the founding date…Read More
The National Maritime Museum of Ireland is located in Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin. It is housed in the 180-year-old Mariners Church which served as a Church of Ireland place of worship until Easter 1972. It is directly opposite the DLR Lexicon library, easily accessible by DART suburban train and several…Read More
Anyone who has attended a ship launch will forever remember the thrill of the occasion as the vessel begins its descent down the slipway towards the river, gathering pace as it hits the water for the first time, dragging piles of chains behind it to act as a brake.
This is the story of a remarkable achievement. How one man built an amazing shipping empire throughout his long life, weathering the ups and downs along the way, and going from strength to strength.
Over the years, Sea Breezes has done a pretty good job of putting an ‘Ancient Mariner’ like me in touch with other like-minded, former seafarers. My most recently acquired friend being Frank Pickering, a New Zealander living near Sydney in Australia.
Scott Mackey looks at one of the less-known lifeline ferry services in the British Isles, the short but vital link between Portaferry and Strangford across the narrows of Strangford Lough in County Down, Northern Ireland.
Scalloway (ON Skalavagr) -- bay of booths or houses was the original capital of Shetland lying on the west side of Shetland, it is perhaps best viewed initially when travelling by road from Lerwick from the viewpoint at the sharp bend of approaching road high above the East Voe, with the…Read More