Recovery of shipwrecks up for UCC discussion

The recovery of one of the world’s most famous shipwrecks will be one of the topics of discussion at a conference taking place at University College Cork (UCC) this week.

Recovery of shipwrecks up for UCC discussion

The recovery of the Swedish warship, the Vasa, the measurement of storms in times of global warming, and the maritime aid given to Hugh O’Neill, Wolfe Tone, and Roger Casement will be among the topics discussed by scholars at UCC’s third annual Irish Maritime History Conference, taking place today and tomorrow.

The Vasa sank on its maiden voyage almost 400 years ago in 1648. After the ship’s recovery 50 years ago it was put on public display. Director of research at the Vasa Museum in Stockholm, Dr Fred Hocker, will give a talk about the ship at noon tomorrow.

The schedule includes talks on the Aran Islanders and other coastal communities, a shipwreck in West Cork from the Spanish Armada, provisioning in Cork Harbour, Irish sailors in the Spanish service, and storm measurements at a time of global warming.

Today’s sessions will be held at the main lecture theatre in the Geography Building, while tomorrow it will be held at the Electrical Engineering Building, L-1. The conference is free of charge and open to the public.

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