An Interesting Visit to Beautiful Ballycotton Pier

Ballycotton is a small seaside village in East Cork, known for it’s lighthouse, it’s cliff walk and the lifeboat station.   We visited a few weeks ago, but didn’t have the proper footwear to do the cliff walk, as it was very muddy from recent storms, so instead we wandered around the pier, and found a few interesting shots, like the nets and the lobster pots, and the lifeboat.

The RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) Lifeboat Station was first established here in 1858, and over the years has been involved in many rescues, one of the most famous being when the Daunt Rock lightship broke away from her moorings during a storm in 1936.   The seas were so mountainous that spray was flying over the lantern of the lighthouse 196 ft high. The lifeboat, RNLB Mary Stanford (ON 733) was away from the station for 79 hours and at sea for 49 hours; the crew had no food for 25 hours and they only had three hours sleep. The eight crew at the lightship were rescued after the lifeboat went alongside the vessel more than a dozen times. This was one of the most exhausting and gallant services in the history of the RNLI.   

I have written about the Mary Stanford previously here.

A lot of deep sea angling boats leave from this pier also, that is why there were so many nets and lobster pots lying around, either waiting to be taken out to see again, or to be de-tangled, as some of them looked to be in a bit of a mess!

Here is a view of the lighthouse, as seen from the eastern side.

Ballycotton Lighthouse

 

 

 

The Daunt Rock and The Mary Stanford

I went back to Ballycotton on Sunday, and the Mary Stanford has now been restored to it’s former glory, as you will see from the photos.   A fitting tribute to a brave boat and crew.

Retirement and beyond

On a visit to Ballycotton last weekend, I was intrigued by the very battered and bruised old lifeboat on display overlooking the lighthouse.  This was the Mary Stanford, and it was only when I got home and asked the all knowing ‘ Dr Google’, that I found out the intriguing history of this very hard working little boat with the big heart.

RNLB Mary Stanford RNLB Mary Stanford

Unusually, this lifeboat was the only lifeboat in Ireland that was awarded a gold medal for gallantry. Often lifeboat crews receive medals for gallantry, but in this case the lifeboat also received a gold medal, for the famous Daunt Lightship rescue in February 1936.    The original Mary Stanford was built in 1916, and was stationed in Rye, England, but was lost in a storm in 1928, when it went down with all 17 crew on board.

In 1930, the son of Mary Stanford paid…

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Weekly Photo Challenge : Minimalist

All alone on the ocean

All alone on the ocean

Wouldn’t  it be nice to sail away on a fairly calm sea, with just enough wind in our sails to move along, or we could just sit and watch the waves roll in and break on the beach.

Watching the sun set.

Watching the sun set.

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Butterflies, Bees and Wildflowers : Summer Lovin’

This week the Weekly Photo Challenge is looking for our take on Summer Lovin’, and what better than going back to nature.   At the weekend I went cliff walking at Ballycotton, in County Cork, and was happy to see the bumble bees being busy collecting honey from the wildflowers, while the butterflies were their airy fairy selves, flitting from flower to flower.    With all the bad news recently about bees declining in number, seeing lots of them around our coastline, was definitely a good sign of summer loving.

Landscapes in Black and White : Sunday Stills

Black and White photos can look so striking, and these are a few of mine taken around East and West Cork in Ireland.    The countryside is very lush with its ’40 shades of green’ but  in black and white it also looks good.

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Ballycotton Lighthouse

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Glengarriff in West Cork

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Garrettstown Beach, Cork

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A Lazy Sunday at Ballycotton

Sailing away

Today was a nice day for a stroll, and what a great place to be, in Ballycotton in East Cork, looking out at the lighthouse and a very calm sea.

Time to explore.

 

Weekly Photo Challenge : Sea

Howth Head and Irelands Eye

Ballycotton Lighthouse

The sea is ever changing, sometimes calm and smooth, other times angry and dark and with lots of white horses racing each other.

 

 

 

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Howth Head and IrelandsEye

Howth Head and IrelandsEye

These photos were taken in Howth, Co Dublin, and Ballycotton, Co Cork, and show the sea in its different guises.

This post is in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge : Sea http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/08/30/weekly-photo-challenge-sea/

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