IRISH WRECK LEGISLATION

Wrecks over 100 years old and archaeological objects found underwater are protected under the National Monuments (Amendment) Acts 1987 and 1994.  Significant wrecks less that 100 years old can be designated by Underwater Heritage Order (UHO) on account of their historical, archaeological or artistic importance as is the case with the wreck of the RMS Lusitania lost off the Old Head of Kinsale in 1915.  UHOs can also be used to designate areas of seabed or land covered by water to more clearly define and protect wreck sites and archaeological objects . https://www.archaeology.ie/underwater-archaeology

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The provision of a naval service for the fledgling Irish Free State in 1922 was fraught with problems. Under the terms of the Anglo Irish Treaty, Ireland was not premitted to raise it’s own naval force, but had to rely on the protection of the Royal Navy


This was demonstrated during the ensuing Irish Civil War, when British Naval Forces provided both armaments and intelligence for the Free State forces, agains the Irregulars.  British destroyers patrolled the coasts and provided covering fire, star - shell support and searchlight cover to Free State army defenders iunder attack in Kerry and elsewhere.


After the uneasy truce of 1923, permission was granted for a small maritime force, ostensibly for fishery protection, but also providing patrol craft, guarding against landing of arms for the IRA (Irish Republican Army) which was still a real threat to the new State.

This appears to have been a failure, using a collection of ex-minesweeping trawlers, wooden 80ft motor launches and a rescue tug.  It was disbanded within a year and the vessels either sold or scrapped


Fishery protection in this era was a disaster, with fleets of foreign (and native) trawlers having scant regard  for any rules and regulations regarding commercial fishing. One vessel  - the Muirchu (ex-HMS Helga) was Ireland’s sole fishery protection vessel.  This craft, unarmed until 1936, was under the control of the Department of Agriculture.  This was the extent of Ireland’s Coastal and Marine Service.


The Irish Naval Service

The main duty of the Irish Naval Service is that of Fisheries Protection. But it has proven itself  most adaptable over the years. The workload has varied greatly , and has included the rescue of life, both here and abroad, interception of terrorist arms, capture of drug smugglers and their cargoes, pollution prevention, and recovery from disasters such as the Air India disaster of 1985. Missions have also been undertaken providing logistics to UN forces overseas.


Fleet History


Coastal and marine Service

Marine and Coastwatching Service

Irish Naval Service


NAME

TYPE / CLASS

COMMMISSIONED

DISPOSED

NOTES

Muirchu

Fishery Protection Vessel

1922

1947

Formerly HMS Helga

ML1

80 ft Motor Launch

1922

1924


ML2

80 ft Motor Launch

1922

1924


ML3

80 ft Motor Launch

1922

1924


John.S.Somers

Drifter

1922

1924

Formerly HMD John.S.Somers

Inisherer

Drifter

1922

1924


TR24

Canadian Castle Class Trawler



Formerly HMT 24

TR25

Canadian Castle Class Trawler

1923

1924

Formerly HMT 25

TR27

Canadian Castle Class Trawler

1923

1924

Formerly HMT 27

TR29

Canadian Castle Class Trawler

1923

1924

Formerly HMT 29

TR30

Canadian Castle Class Trawler

1923

1924

Formerly HMT 30

TR31

Canadian Castle Class Trawler

1923

1924

Formerly HMT 31

Dainty

Admiralty Rescue Tug

1923

1924

Formerly HM Tug Dainty

John Dunn

Mersey Class Armed Trawler

1923

1924

Formerly HMT John Dunn

John Dutton

Mersey Class Armed Trawler

1923

1924

Formerly HMT John Dutton

William Horner

Mersey Class Armed Trawler

1923

1924

Formerly HMT  William Horner

John Murray

Mersey Class Armed Trawler

1923

1924

Formerly HMT John Murray

Thomas Thresher

Mersey Class Armed Trawler

1923

1924

Formerly HMT Thomas Thrsher

Christopher Dixon

Mersey Class Armed Trawler

1923

1924

Formerly HMT Christopher Dixon

Fort Rannoch

Trawler

1937

1946


M1

Motor Torpedo Boat

1940

1948


M2

Motor Torpedo Boat

1940

1948


M3

Motor Torpedo Boat

1940

1948


M4

Motor Torepdo Boat

1940

1948


M5

Motor Torpedo Boat

1940

1948


M6

Motor Torpedo Boat

1940

1948


MPV Shark

Patrol Vessel



Ex - Salvage Vessel Shark

TV Isallt

Fore and Aft Schooner



Used as training vessel

LE  Macha (01)

Flower Class Corvette

1946

1970

Formerly HMS Borage (1942)

LE Maeve (02)

Flower Class Corvette

1946

1970

Formerly HMS Oxlip (1941)

LE Cliona (03)

Flower Class Corvette

1947

1970

Formerly HMS Bellwort (1941)

LE Grainne (CM10)

Coniston Class Minesweeper

1971

1985

Formerly HMS Oulston (1956)

LE Banba (CM11)

Coniston Class Minesweeper

1971

1983

Formerly HS Alverton (1954)

LE Fola (CM12)

Coniston Class Minesweeper

1971

1986

Formerly HMS Blaxton (1955)

LE Deirdre (P20)

Offshore Patrol Vessel

1972

2001


LE Setanta (A15)

Irish Lights Vessel as Patrol

1976

1984

Formerly Isolda (1953)

LE Ferdia (A16)

Stern Trawler

1977

1977

Formerly Helen Basse (1965)

LE Emer  (P21)

Offshore Patrol Vessel

1977

2013


LE Aoife (P22)

Offshore Patrol Vessel

1979

2015


LE Aisling (P23)

Offshore Patrol Vessel

1980

2016


LE Eithne (P31)

Helicopter Patrol Vessel

1984



LE Orla (P41)

Peacock Class Patrol Vessel

1989


Formerly HMS Swift (1983)

LE Ciara (P42)

Peacock Class Patrol Vessel

1989


Formerly HMS Swallow (1984)

LE Roisin (P51)

Long Offshore Patrol Vessel

1999



LE Niamh (P52

Long Offshore Patrol Vessel

2001



LE Samuel Beckett (P61)

Offshore Patrol Vessel

2014



LE James Joyce (P62)

Offshore Patrol Vessel

2015



LE William Butler Yeats (P63)

Offshore Patrol Vessel

2016



LE George Bernard Shaw (P64)

Offshore Patrol Vessel

2018