Wednesday, 30 May 2018

A Cruiser Sails Into The Bay.


When mum met my dad("In Baghdad where my mother met my dad" and other childhood songs)  in the mid nineteen fifties.  She remembered massive ocean liners like the Queen Mary docking in Bantry Bay. The launches would take tourists into Glengarriff and Bantry.  

Then along came the jet engines and the ships disappeared.  That is until now.  An eight million Euro investment into building Bantry Marina and dredging the harbour. Now means that the cruise liners have returned.  No doubt the EEC funded the improvements?  Good on them.  




This is the Prinsendam.  She's beautiful.  The picture was taken on Sunday afternoon from inside the car.  It was wonderful to see tourists leaving the launches/life boats and walking round Bantry town. No doubt going for a "nice cup of tea" and a pint of the black stuff.

The mental juke box (Neil Peart saying) in my head started playing the following:


9 comments:

  1. Great photo of the liner Dave. She looks great standing there in Bantry Bay. Juxtaposition springs to mind.

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  2. Thanks Rachel. Not bad to say it was taken on a mobile phone through the car window.

    She reminds me of the Atlantic liners of yesteryear. She looks regal waiting for her passengers.

    Think your spot on with juxtaposition. Thanks for your comment Rachel!

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  3. I very much appreciated the song Dave and glad to read that the shipboard tourists actually walked around beautiful Bantry, for I had heard that most get on a tour bus and only debus when it returns to the ship.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the song Heron. There were coaches for the tourists. But a lot of them stayed in town for the afternoon and I believe the shops opened up for them. West Cork needs a major Attraction like the Eden Project to attract more tourists. Thanks!

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  4. Joe and I spent many happy days, weeks, months on liners. Loved them all. Thanks for the Chris De Burgh, another favourite of mine.

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    1. I am glad this post brought back memories of cruises with Joe, Valerie. You should write some blogs about them. We saw Chris De Burgh in Killarney last year. It's amazing how songs play in my mind. Thanks!

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  5. A lovely looking ship, presumably lit up at night, beckoning people to sail away on her, but not me. I went off being out on open sea after a man with a small racing boat took me away for a weekend sailing excursion. The weather turned nasty and so did he, and I forever went off the possibility of being stuck in the middle of water and not being in reach of dry land for many an hour!

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  6. She is a lovely looking ship Vera. Don't think I would like to have several days at sea. Saying that. I am not fond of flying. I just like to get there quickly. Thanks!

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