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SIRIUS Exhibition Digital Installment #2

Following on from last week’s digital exhibition, we bring you the second installment of the SIRIUS Arts Centre’s ‘Royal Cork Yacht Club, Queenstown/Cobh, 1854-1966’, an exhibition organised to celebrate the three hundred year anniversary of the club. Again, thank you to our club archivist, Paul McCarthy, for his tireless efforts in putting this exhibition together with the Arts Centre.

ROYAL CORK YACHT CLUB, QUEENSTOWN/COBH, 1854-1966

 

Carina Trophy, 1885
Courtesy of Cobh Museum
Soup tureen and ladle, engraved with Royal Cork Yacht Club emblem, late 19th century
Table cigar lighter with wick holder, 1898
Courtesy of Royal Cork Yacht Club

The inscription on this trophy reads ‘Queenstown Annual Regatta 1885, Presentation prize 40 tons & under, won by “Carina” 15 tons, captained by J. Deane Esq.’ The race took place on the 13 August with Carina defeating Ilona (J.F. Dunn) and Drift (Captain S. Hodder).

The inscription on the lighter reads ‘To the Amicables, from I.S. Kelly (President) 30th April 1898. “So soon may I follow when friendships decay”’. The Amicables were a society of a social nature, presumably Royal Cork Yacht Club members as well, that met regularly at the clubhouse during the second half of the 19th century and probably into the early years of the twentieth century.

 

Installation view of ‘Royal Cork Yacht Club, Queenstown/Cobh, 1854-1966’, SIRIUS, 2020

Address to the Prince of Wales, 1885 Courtesy of Royal Cork Yacht Club

Cork Examiner (Thursday, April 16, 1885), page 6, 1885

Courtesy of The Irish Newspaper ArchivesExcerpt from an article giving details of Royal Cork Yacht Club member Dr. Charles Tanner’s address to a rally in Nelsons Place (now Emmet Place), Cork City, following a demonstration against the visit to the city by the Prince of Wales that day. Tanner’s leading role in the demonstration and the remarks he made in public were at odds with the official stance of the Royal Cork Yacht Club, so his behaviour resulted in a special meeting of the committee and ultimately his expulsion from the organisation.

 

 

Rating certificate for yacht Carina, 1897 Courtesy of Royal Cork Yacht Club

Carina was owned by Royal Cork Yacht Club member James Deane. The rating of a yacht determined its handicap for racing. 

 

Royal Cork Yacht Club salary and wages book, 1902–1910 Courtesy of Royal Cork Yacht Club

Royal Cork Yacht Club on a regatta or ‘At home’ day, 1920s Courtesy of Royal Cork Yacht Club

Royal Cork Yacht Club regatta, c. 1890 Courtesy of Royal Cork Yacht Club

Royal Cork Yacht Club regatta, c. 1890 Courtesy of Royal Cork Yacht Club

Royal Cork Yacht Club regatta, c. 1890 Courtesy of Royal Cork Yacht Club

Norah O’Mahony and friend outside the Royal Cork Yacht Club, 1920s Courtesy of Royal Cork Yacht Club

Norah O’Mahony, who worked at the Royal Cork Yacht Club, has on, for a joke, the uniform of the ‘buttons’ (porter) Jackie Davidson, who was responsible for delivering letters and carrying out other similar duties. 

 

Outside Royal Cork Yacht Club, 1920s
Courtesy of Royal Cork Yacht Club

Norah O’Mahony (left) with a friend standing beside one of the canons outside the clubhouse. O’Mahony was from Skibbereen, County Cork and enjoyed three years working at the Royal Cork Yacht Club, waiting at tables and helping out with meals.

Damaged deepwater quay at the Royal Cork Yacht Club, 1959
Courtesy of Royal Cork Yacht Club

Damage inflicted by the MV Stream Fisher on the Royal Cork Yacht Club in December 1959. In the background, the tender Killarney beside the railway station.

 

MV Stream Fisher, 1959 Courtesy of Royal Cork Yacht Club

Damaged bow of the ship after it collided with the Royal Cork Yacht Club deepwater quay wall in December 1959.

 

Signals, flags and pendants from Royal Cork Yacht Club signal book, 1859 Courtesy of Royal Cork Yacht Club

 

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