Winter Lecture 2015/16 Series
The Sinking of the Lusitania
An Illustrated Lecture by
Cormac F. Lowth
Thursday 1 October 2015
Poolbeg Yacht & Boat Club
(in aid of RNLI)
Cormac Lowth is a well-known as a superb researcher, lecturer and writer on many aspects of Irish maritime History. This lecture will examine, with many rare images of her interior, various aspects of the Lusitania focusing on the innovative nature of her construction and prominence as a luxury Trans-Atlantic passenger liner.
Cormac will also delve into the mysteries surrounding the last fateful voyage of the Lusitania from New York to include the alleged cargo of the ship, the activities of British Naval Intelligence and the involvement of ‘Room 40’ in breaking German codes, the German U-20 torpedo attack on the Lusitania and the massive second explosion that sank the ship.
He will then describe the rescue of the survivors, the propaganda campaign that followed the sinking and the tragic aftermath, when, despite an inquest, an official enquiry, various salvage attempts and diving investigations of the wreck, conspiracy theories and rumours abound right up to 2015, a hundred years later.
The Winter lecture series gives us the opportunity to gain some valuable knowledge on subjects with a nautical theme while meeting up with all our Glenua friends. This is all in support of the RNLI. Lectures take place at Poolbeg Yacht & Boat Club, Ringsend on the first Thursday of every month at 08:00 pm under the stewardship of Seamus Mac Gearailt.
Glenua is a voluntary organisation operating from Heir Island and Baltimore in West Cork, Ireland on the Wild Atlantic Way. You can stay, learn to sail and make friends. We cater for complete beginners to advanced levels.
Glenua Sailing programme will run from June to September 2015 offering Cruising, Keelboat and Dinghy Sailing training with our skilled team of volunteer trainers.
We cater for beginners experienced Sailors, groups and Individuals.
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On our Cruising Courses, for those with previous sailing experience, you will learn to confidently and safely helm an 8 berth yacht in moderate conditions. Learn critical theory and practice, including passage planning, safety procedures, tidal calculation, pilotage, GPS navigation, use of VHF radio, night sailing, a variety of manoeuvres under sail and engine and crew management. Choose a cruise from Baltimore to Bantry Bay, Baltimore to Dingle or Dingle to Baltimore.
Residential Day Sailing, Heir Island Adventure and Weekend courses
Glenua has teamed up with Heir Island Sailing School to offer residential keelboat and dinghy courses based on Heir Island at Heir Island Sailing Centre. Heir Island is located near Baltimore in West Cork, Ireland. Perfectly located on the Wild Atlantic Way for a sailing break. Contact us for Sailing training, to refresh your skills or just to get on the water.
Glenua are offering a choice of dinghy and keelboat courses. A small single handed dinghy is a great way to learn sailing. In a dinghy, you are always in charge of the boat and its controls allowing to learn the fundamentals of sailing much more quickly.
Trainees may prefer our larger and more stable keelboat taining with a crew of four.
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Baltimore Maritime Centre BMC/Glenua Sailing Centre is a not-for profit organisation. Our mission is to create bonds between people of different nationalities and backgrounds by providing the best and most enjoyable sail training courses in the country, supported by a strong voluntary ethos among all members and a competent and motivated instructor group, while maintaining the highest of safety standards both afloat and on land.