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Cork Harbour is situated on the south coast of Ireland. This harbour is reputed to be  the second largest navigable harbour in the World, after Sydney, Australia.

Cork has a rich and varied maritime history with empire-building, wars, famine, and emigration all shaping the appearance of the area.

The harbour has seen many changes, and is now an important industrial base, as well as being  modern multi-purpose port.

Ringaskiddy, is also  home to the National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI)  

The headquarters and base  of the Irish Naval Service is on Haulbowline Island in the harbour.

In the summer, cruise ships and modern leisure craft give a vibrancy to Cork Harbour. There is, however, no comparison with periods of the 19th Century, when up to 300 ships could be in harbour, waiting to be convoyed to  America or the West Indies.

This site features just some accounts from Cork’s historic maritime past, and is hoped to be expanded over time