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Hook Lighthouse

Crooke Church entrance

Crooke Church
This expression is often slightly misquoted, the correct one is "By Hook and by Crooke".  These are the old sailing marks for entering one of Ireland's most magnificent harbours and NAUTICAL LOG's birthplace of Waterford, Ireland.   See Charts BA 2049, Kinsale to Wexford, BA 2046, Waterford Harbour and Ireland Ordinance Survey map East. The ships enter by opening up the three mile wide estuary of the river Barrow, Nore and Suir clear around of the Hook Lighthouse and watching for Crooke Church opening up clear of Creaden Head.  Nowadays they head across to the western side to pick up the Waterford Harbour Commission Pilot at Dunmore East.  Then up the river to Passage East, Co. Waterford, the narrowest part between that village and Ballyhack, Co. Wexford, there is a ferry service across the river which connects Wexford and Waterford counties.  It saves a considerable drive to cross the rivers at New Ross, Co.Wexford.  Shortly after Passage East the rivers take a left turn at Cheekpoint, Co. Waterford this where the Barrow and Nore flowing down from New Ross join the Suir.  Now the vessels proceed either to the newer Port of Belview or on to the Port of Waterford up the river Suir itself to berth at the North Quays or the floating pontoons on the South Quays.  This is where the 'Tall Ships' gathered from June 29, 2011 to July 03, 2011.  There is considerable rise and fall of tide at Waterford in the range of 4-5 metres the river Suir is tidal well inland to the town of Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Waterford.

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Please remember the seafarers held captive by pirates off Somalia.  We are still hopeful that something might actually be done for them.  That hope is fading rapidly as the World Maritime Authorities seem unable to act effectively on their behalf.


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