Site Last Updated  February 2019


Shipwreck Lists

Harbour History

River Steamers

Irish Naval Service

Royal Navy in Cork

US Navy in Cork

USN Air Service in Cork

Killeagh Airship Station

Cruise Ships in Cork

Views Past and Present



Sealife of Cork Harbour

Lough Mahon Lighthouse

Martello Towers

Training Ships in Cork Harbour

Spit Bank Lighthouse

The Cork Hospital Ships

The Cork Prison Hulk

Site first uploaded 24th September 2002

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.

View of the Cove of Cork (circa 1840)

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

Hamburg - Amerika Liner in Cobh (circa 1930)

German Sail-training vessel Gorch Foch (1958) passes Roches Point

HMS Howe, Guard Ship, Queenstown (Cobh) 1897 to 1901