Baltimore Harbour dip 9am to see the AKIlen.
High Tide 03.33 (3.19m)
Low Tide 09.48 (0.77m)
High Tide 15.57 (3.21m)
Low Tide 22.10 (0.72m)
Waxing Gibbous Moon
The AKIlen made her way down the Ilen River from Hegarty’s Boat Yard. In her all her glory she was on full display in Baltimore Harbour for the Wooden Boat Festival. I had to get into the water with her and see if I could get some good shots of her.
No wet suit today and the water feels amazing , I just can’t believe she is the same boat I have been drawing all these years.
She was hidden away in the old corn store and I could not stop returning to record the slow but steady transformation. The craft man ship , skill and dedication that goes into the restoration of wooden boats is incredible.
She has been truly restored to her full glory. It felt very special to be in the water with her.
I didn’t quite get the shot I wanted so will have to try again.
My exhibition opened in Bushes Bar on the 24th May by Gary McMahon who is the head of the Ilen School in Limerick who along with the craftsmen of Hegarty’s Boat Yard have returned the Ak Ilen into the sea. I congratulate you all on your success and I will continue to follow her watery adventures.
See the work on my “Into the sea” page on my website.