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Jul 15, 2012

'Dark Secrets of the Lusitania'

The documentary 'Dark Secrets of the Lusitania' in which we were invoved last year is showing tonight Sunday July 15th at 7.00pm on the National Geographic Channel and will be repeated on Monday at 1.00pm and Tuesday at 6.00pm.

We were involved in a follow up expedition to recover a number of artifacts after the filming had been completed . These included the telemotor,telltale and portholes .These are being conserved at our facility in Tralee.

Jun 20, 2012

Recovery of Aud anchors-Irish Times, June 20, 2012

The Irish Times - Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Anchors recovered from arms-smuggling vessel scuttled in plan to aid Easter Rising


DIVERS YESTERDAY recovered two anchors from the wreck of German vessel the Aud used in a foiled attempt to smuggle some 20,000 rifles to the Irish Volunteers for the Easter Rising of 1916.

The anchors were recovered yesterday morning in 36m of water in Cork harbour by divers led by Eoin McGarry from Dungarvan and archaeologist Laurence Dunne from Tralee. “This project to recover the anchors has been around two years in the planning. We wanted to recover something emblematic from the Aud given its important role in the history of the foundation our State,” said Mr Dunne.

Connie Kelleher from the underwater section of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht explained that maritime archaeologist Juliana O’Donoghue made sure everything was in place for the lifting which took about two hours: “The anchors were lifted on to a boat, the Ron Carraig and brought ashore and put into special tanks and transported to Kerry for conservation which will take around three years. But they will be ready for display for the centenary of the Easter Rising.”

The Aud’s was used by the German military authorities to ship 20,000 captured Russian rifles, 10 machine guns and five million rounds of ammunition to Ireland. The shipment was arranged by Sir Roger Casement. The Aud, posing as a Norwegian freighter, made its way from Lubeck in northern Germany to Tralee Bay where it moored off the Maharees to land arms at Fenit.

However, Casement was captured by the RIC at Banna Strand and the Aud was taken by a British naval flotilla. However as they were about to enter Cork harbour, Capt Karl Spindler and his crew of 22 scuttled the vessel near Daunt’s Rock where it has remained.

The anchors will be displayed in locations provided by Cobh Town Council and Tralee and Fenit Harbour Commissioners.

Irish Examiner: Salvage crew lifts anchor from gun-runner wreck

Irish Examiner: Salvage crew lifts anchor from gun-runner wreck An anchor has been recovered from the wreck of the 1916 German gun-running ship scuttled off the south coast of Ireland.The Aud, a former English merchant vessel captured by the Germans, was sunk after a failed attempt to deliver a shipment of arms.

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Irish Independent: Anchor from 1916 German gun-running ship Aud recovered off Cork coast

Irish Independent: AN anchor has been recovered from the wreck of the 1916 German gun-running ship scuttled off the south of Ireland. The Aud, a former English merchant vessel captured by the Germans, was sunk after a failed attempt to deliver a shipment of arms to Irish Republicans during the Easter Rising.

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Jun 6, 2012

Fenit Seabreeze Guided Archaological Boat Tours of Tralee Bay

Last weekend 9th and 10th June we took very enthusiastic groups of people on guided cultural boat tours of Tralee Bay as part of Fenit Seabreeze Festival. Weather conditions were fantastic-sunny and flat calm. We steamed around Fenit Island and into Barrow Harbour between the round castle at Barrow and the tower house on Fenit that guarded the entrance to what was once the medieval harbour and port for Tralee and also served for the ecclesiastic complex at Ardfert. On Sunday the 10th the tides were even more favourable and we steamed as far as Barrow House that was once the smuggling centre for the area. Close to Barrow House is the small fishing village and quay known as the Randy. It is thought that the name was derived from the French word rendezvous again associated with smuggling.

Marine archaeologist Julianna O'Donoghue-The Irish Times - Tuesday, June 5, 2012 Ship's exotic cargo may be pirates' haul

The Irish Times - Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Ship's exotic cargo may be pirates' haul

LORNA SIGGINS, Marine Correspondent

A LEADING marine archaeologist has described as “absolutely incredible” some of the initial exotic findings on a shipwreck recently discovered off the west Cork coast.

South sea coconuts and Iberian pottery have so far been recovered by Julianna O’Donoghue and her underwater archaeology team from the wreck, which may have been a pirate ship dating from the late 16th or 17th century.

The uncharted vessel was located last month during archaeological monitoring of dredging for the Schull waste water treatment plant. The monitoring is requested by the National Monuments Service underwater archaeology unit as a condition of planning and foreshore licensing.

This precaution has already led to the location of other previously unrecorded craft, such as the Gormanston logboat in Co Meath, and wrecks in Duncannon, Co Waterford, on the river Boyne in Co Louth, and Inishbofin off the Galway coast. An exclusion zone was placed around the site in Schull and dredging work was suspended while Ms O’Donoghue assessed the wreck, with the co-operation of Cork County Council.

Her team retrieved many ship’s timbers, barrel staves, Iberian pottery and several of the coconuts, which may have been part of a cargo or part of crew victuals.

Ms O’Donoghue told The Irish Times that very little was known of the ship’s origins: it could have dated from the 1588 Spanish Armada period; it could have been a trader that was blown off course; or it could have been a pirate ship.

The west Cork harbour of Baltimore was raided by Algerian pirates who carried off prisoners in 1631. “The shipwreck is absolutely incredible,” she said. “I am astounded by the recovery of such exotic finds which may be the earliest appearance of coconuts in Ireland.”

As the wreck is over 100 years old, it is protected under the National Monuments Act and a licence is required to dive on it.

Apr 27, 2012

Irish Times article on artifacts donated to Irish State by Gregg Bemis

Our recent world exclusive of the donation of important artifacts from the Lusitania by Gregg Bemis to Ireland was carried in the Irish Times today, 27th April 2012.

Apr 23, 2012

Kerryman article on Lusitania

An article from the Kerryman last August

"TWO Kerry archaeologists are attempting to answer one of the great mysteries of modern times following a major excavation of the Lusitania wreck off the Cork coast this week."

Aug 25, 2011

Instruments may shed light on sinking of Lusitania - RTE Six One News

Interview with Laurence Dunne and some background information on the vessel and subsequent sinking.

Aug 25, 2011

War grave Lusitania gives up its sea-bed secrets - Independent.ie

THEY ARE the first images of artefacts that have been recovered from the 'Lusitania' -- the world's largest passenger underwater war grave.

The article appeared in the Irish Independent published on 25th of August 2011.