UPDATE: Monday June 18, 2012.
If one goes to the IRISH SHIPS website there is now posted an explanation of the message that caused the upset. NAUTICAL LOG is very pleased to see this explanation and the gracious public apology. Therefore as a result we will NOT be proceeding with the Action for Libel as this satisfies the insult.
On a personal note, Aiden hopefully you will now reopen your excellent website which we all enjoy. This would be an excellent reaction to the writer of message #324 one who has identified himself as Joseph Hawkins and signed himself "Capt. Joe". It will show that one person cannot necessarily destroy a reputation or spoil an interesting and successful website.
It appears the website IRISH SHIPS in My Link List is currently unavailable. At the present time there is a controversy over inappropriate messages left on their Message Board. The site apparently published messages - untruthful messages - without vetting them first. As a result comments libeling a former Master appeared on their Message Board and that Master has now obtained legal advice and is considering legal action. Therefore the IRISH SHIPS Webmaster should contact NAUTICAL LOG with a written apology for the published comment. The matter could then be considered closed.
This is a 'heads up' to all websites and Blogs about comments made to and published by them for which they then become responsible. Here at NAUTICAL LOG all comments must be cleared by the Administrator first before publishing and then only if they comply with the rules set out in the NAUTICAL LOG heading. We are particularly careful with the "Anonymous" comments as these often indicate some one who is nervous about putting their name to their comment because they may be open to an Action for Libel, they are lying, they do not have the courage of their convictions or they just want to make trouble. We get these regularly and they never see the light of day on NAUTICAL LOG.
An injured party may take an Action for Libel which is publishing false and malicious written statements that injure a person's reputation. Under the Common Law of Ireland and the United Kingdom this is much easier to proceed with and a lot more sensitive than in the United States due to the Right of Freedom of Speech in the U.S. Constitution.
It is rather unfortunate that this incident which could so easily have been avoided has occurred with IRISH SHIPS as it is a really good website full of information about and from friends and former shipmates of NAUTICAL LOG.
After legal consultation NAUTICAL LOG has updated this Post to reflect our present position. Hopefully IRISH SHIPS will get this so unnecessary controversy sorted out and be back on line soon.
Yes our fellow seafarers are still held hostage by pirates off the coast of Puntland, Somalia.