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A safe place for ships…

23 Nov 2016
Photo of Vasa, the most famous shipwreck. Photo courtesy of the Vasa National Museum, Stockholm.

A leading underwater archaeologist will discuss one of the world’s most famous shipwrecks at UCC this Saturday, 26th November.

Dr Fred Hocker, Director of Research at the Vasa Museum in Stockholm, will lecture on the recovered Swedish warship, which sank on its maiden voyage in 1628 and was put on public display after its recovery fifty years ago.  Dr Hocker will be among a number of maritime scholars appearing at the Third Annual Irish Maritime History Conference on Friday and Saturday, 25-26 November.

Friday’s afternoon session will feature a talk on North Atlantic fisheries by Professor Poul Holm of Trinity College Dublin, one of the top scholars in the field.  Dr Kieran Hickey of UCC will also discuss storm measurements at a time of global warming.  Saturday’s schedule includes presentations on the Aran Islanders and other coastal communities, a Spanish Armada shipwreck in West Cork, provisioning in Cork Harbour, Irish sailors in Spanish service, and a History Ireland ‘Hedge School’ exploring the maritime assistance given to Hugh O’Neill, Wolfe Tone, and Roger Casement.  Dr Hocker’s talk on the Vasa will be held at noon, Saturday. The conference is free and open to the public.  Friday’s sessions will be held at the Geography Building Main Lecture Theatre, and Saturday’s at the Electrical Engineering Building, L-1.  The conference programme is below.


Day 1:  Friday, 25 November, UCC: Lecture Room 1 Geography BLDG (the Geography building is on the Donovan’s Road side of the campus near the Main Unversity Gates)

Afternoon/Evening Session

3:30 – 4:10 pm

Peter Murray (Crawford Gallery), Maritime Paintings of Cork Harbour

4:15 – 4:55 pm

Dr Kieran Hickey (UCC), Ireland’s Storm Record 1500-2016 and the innovations of measurement of Beaufort and Robinson

5:00 – 6:00 pm

Professor Poul Holm (TCD), The North Atlantic Fish Revolution, c1400-1700


Day 2, Saturday, 26 November, Electrical Engineering, L-1 (The Electrical Engineering building is beside the main vehicular entrance on College Road)

Session 1: 10:00 am – 11:15 am

Breda Moriarty (UCC) and Rachel Murphy (UCC), Deep Maps: West Cork Coastal Cultures

Dr Deirdre Ní Chonghaile (NUI Galway), Greim an fhir bháite: song and narratives of decline and defiance in Irish islands

Coffee Break, 11:15 – 11:30

Session 2: 11:30 – 1:15 pm

Dr Connie Kelleher (UCC) and Dr Hiram Morgan (UCC),  For Piet’s Sake: possible further investigations of the Santa Anna Maria shipwreck in West Cork

Dr Fred Hocker (Vaser Museum, Stockholm)

Lunch: 1:15 – 2:30 pm

Session 3: 2:30 – 3:45 pm

Dr Declan Downey (UCD), Irish Mariners and Maltese Knights in the early modern Spanish Naval Service, An Overview

Joe Varley (Univ. of Hull), Convoys, Victualing and Troop movements: Cork Harbour and The Royal Navy, 1790-1830

Coffee Break: 3:45 – 4:00 pm

Session 4: 4:00 – 5:30 pm

Tommy Graham (History Ireland), Dr Sylvie Kleinman (TCD), Dr Jérôme aan de Wiel (UCC), History Ireland Hedge School, Our Gallant Allies in Europe: Maritime Assistance to Hugh O’Neill, Wolfe Tone and Roger Casement in the pursuit of National Independence



For further information about the conference contact Dr John Borgonova, UCC School of History  Email: .

Media: For further information contact Ruth Mc Donnell, Head of Media and PR, Office of Marketing and Communications, UCC Mob: 086-0468950


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