Cormac Lowth’s new book is launched at the Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club
“Broken hoops on the shore; ashore a maze of dark, cunning nets; farther on, chalk-scribbled backdoors and, further up the beach, a clothesline with two crucified shirts. Ringsend: Brown Helmsman and Seamasters wigwams. Human shells… »
The sighting of Stephen Daedalus as he walked along the shore towards Ringsend in Ulysses was not the first time James Joyce had written about the coastal village in Dublin City.
“Wigwams”, in this case, were Ringsend sailing trawlers or “smacks”. The fleet, which fished for most of the 19th century and well into the 20th century off the east coast of Ireland, is the subject of a new book by Cormac F Lowth, Ringsend Sailing Trawlers – With Some History of Boatbuilding in Ringsend.
Lowth, a retired builder, has always had an interest in the sea and maritime history. He served as a merchant seaman on cargo ships, he was a scuba diver for much of his life and was a crew member of Galway prostitute Naomh Crónán when she was based at the Poolbeg Yacht Club in Ringsend .
He is a member of the Dublin Bay Old Gaffers Association, the Maritime Institute of Ireland and the Dun Laoghaire Borough Historical Society. He has written extensively on maritime history, diving and sea-related topics, and is also an artist. The cover of the book, which he painted, depicts the Kincora, the last sailing trawler built at Ringsend.
Lowth spoke to Wavelengths about his new book, which has a foreword by Afloat’s Winkie Nixon and was launched at the Poolbeg Yacht Club. You can listen below.
Lowth spoke to Wavelengths about his new book, which has a foreword by Afloat’s Winkie Nixon and launched at Poolbeg Yacht Club
The limited edition of 500 copies will be available in bookstores and online or by contacting Cormac Lowth at e-mail [email protected]