Skip to main content


The Waterford Tall Ships 2011 was an amazing event excellently organized  This being the first of several Posts about my birthplace let me explain our City Arms.  Waterford is a Viking city first settled by Vikings in 873 but actually permanently settled in 914 CE and is Irelands oldest City.  On the later arrival of the Normans, themselves descended from Vikings their leader Strongbow married the Rí of Leinster's daughter Aoife on August 29, 1170.  This led to the two Viking descended peoples living, learning and working together thus developing a unique Port City and people, somewhat different from the rest of the Irish.

The Arms describe the City, at the top is the lion and harp indicating an Irish Royal City.  The golden lion indicates a Royal City and the silver seahorse a Port City.  The three leopards on the red background are the Royal mark and below them are three Viking longships indicating the Viking founders.  The motto in Latin "Urbs Intacta Manet Waterfordia" translates as "Waterford Remains the Untaken City".  Its walls had been successfully defended many times. The name Waterford is from Old Norse 'Veorafjord/Vedrafjord' meaning a windy but sheltered area.  Today it is still the excellent Port the Vikings recognized and appreciated.

This plaque is displayed in Colbeck Street directly across the street from the house in which NAUTICAL LOG was born.  So with this introduction we shall be writing some Posts in the days ahead.

Good Watch.

Please remember the seafarers held captive by pirates off Somalia.  Sadly they seem to be more and more forgotten about.


Popular posts from this blog


A popular U.S.-based cruise ship style
A popular European ferry style

Several times during the year NAUTICAL LOG has had visitors searching for lifejacket instructions. With two just over Christmas we decided to publish something for everybody to see and read.
Choose a Coast Guard approved life-jacket and make sure it is undamaged. Make sure life-jackets are readily accessible, never locked away. Check the fit, there are adult, child and infant sizes, the correct one MUST be used. Choose bright colour life-jackets so as to be seen easily by Search and Rescue (SAR).Put your life-jacket ON BEFORE you leave the berth. Make sure you have a light and whistle attached AND they BOTH WORK.
Good Watch


Ships now operate under the International Management Code for Safe Operation of Ships and for Pollution Prevention (ISM Code).  Since this is a Post on Auditing NAUTICAL LOG, who is a Trained Auditor, will not go through the requirements as these can be found on the Internet and in your local nautical bookshop - you do have a bookshop hopefully as they are a dying breed.  There are two types of Audit an External Audit and an Internal Audit.

The External Audit consists of the Flag State or an outside Auditing Firm coming into the Company and going through all the Protocols, Procedures and associated Manuals.  They may also hold a drill simulating a situation in one of the Company's vessels and observe the results of the Shore Staff dealing with it.  NAUTICAL LOG has been through this experience with two very different Companies and believe me it is a long, difficult, trying day not made any easier by the subsequent debrief.  The External Auditor then prepares a Report which causes a…


This month saw the commissioning into the Irish Naval Service of a new Class of Irish Naval vessel more of the Frigate size than the previously Corvette size.  However they are all classed as Patrol vessels, the new vessel is LÉ Samuel Beckett P61.NAUTICAL LOG wishes her well and a successful service.

The older vessels saw unbelievable service and value for money the first being commissioned in 1979 and continued through the '80's and 90's into the 21st. Century.  During those years in addition to patrolling the stormy seas around the rugged Irish coast they made passages across the Western Ocean to the United States and Canada, south to South America as far as Argentina, and east to Asia as far as Korea.  Such passages are really remarkable for such small vessels and show the competence of Irish seafarers who as Naval Officers and Merchant Marine Officers train together.

Good Watch.