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Kinsale Harbour: A History

Kinsale Harbour: A History

John Thuillier

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A comprehensive social history of Kinsale’s enduring seafaring tradition

Nestling on the River Bandon, Kinsale emerged as a settlement in the sixth century. Its deep, secure harbour provided a safe anchorage and prospered during the seventeenth century's 'golden age of sail', victualing ships bound for the West Indies and the American colonies. Military forts and a naval base were established to protect against the threat of foreign invasion and curb pirates and smugglers rampant on the coast.

The Southwell and Boyle families created a network of influence within English maritime administration much to the benefit of Kinsale. Fishing was also significant, especially in the late nineteenth century, when fleets of Irish and British boats arrived for the spring mackerel and autumn herring. After a forty-year boom, the industry declined and the town experienced an extended period of stagnation.

In the 1950s Kinsale began to promote the harbour as a yachting and angling centre which sparked off today's tourism phenomenon. This comprehensive overview of Kinsale's seafaring tradition will be enjoyed by all who appreciate a whiff of salty spray and the adventure attached to ships voyaging to distant lands.

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Author John Thuillier
Publisher The Collins Press
Publication date 5 Oct 2014
Format Hardback
ISBN/EAN 9781848892064

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