PARADE OF SAIL:  Approx. 12.00 noon Friday 15th June (exact time TBC)

SHIPS OPEN:  12.30 – 4.30 pm Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th June

SHIPS GUIDE: Click to download “Our Visiting Ships Guide”


The Earl of Pembroke

1. The Earl of PembrokeEarl of Pembroke was built in Pukavik, Sweden as “Orion” in 1945.  The ship was used to haul timber in the Baltic Sea until 1974, when she was laid up in Thisted, Denmark.  She was brought over to the UK in 1980 and the full restoration began in 1985.  As part of the restoration, the rig was changed from the original Schooner to her current Barque type, and she was renamed “The Earl of Pembroke”.

Her three masted rig and the interrupted decks create a beautiful and unforgettable silhouette of a classic sailing ship. The current rig has been designed and built to resemble the famous HMS Endeavour on board of which Captain Cook discovered Australia. It is known that the Endeavour used to be called ‘Earl of Pembroke’ in the days when she worked as a coal trader in the West Country. She is a truly magnificent vessel built as a real, working wooden sailing boat and maintained in that way to preserve her natural character and beauty.

The Earl of Pembroke is the star of many TV and films including Shipwrecked, Treasure Island, Alice in Wonderland, Count of Monte Cristo, Longitude and many more.

The Phoenix

2. The Phoenix (courtesy of Matthew Byrne) (Low Res)One of the world’s most famous Tall Ships, “The Phoenix”, will return once again to Drogheda for the Irish Maritime Festival. The 112 foot long twin masted Brigantine which carries 4,000 square feet of sail, will be instantly recognisable to film goers from the role it played in the Ridley Scott film “1492: Conquest of Paradise”. In the movie “The Phoenix” was converted into a 15th century caravel to accurately replicate Columbus’s flagship “The Sancta Maria” and the conditions its sailors experienced on their historic voyage of discovery.

Back by popular demand, “The Phoenix” has an extremely interesting maritime history having been built in Denmark in 1929 to serve as a Danish Evangelical Mission Schooner. She was involved in this mission work travelling from port to port carrying evangelical missionaries for 20 years before being retired in 1949.


3. Keewaydin (Low Res)The sailing ship ‘Keewaydin’ has a long and colourful history. She was built in 1913 at Rye by G & T Smith for Lowestoft owners, this 90ft long Lowestoft Trawler set off to trawl the North Sea banks.

In 1937 she went to the Baltic, where she was used to carry cargo. She served faithfully in both World Wars, carrying refugees from Denmark to neutral Sweden, and in one trip carried a total of 420 commandos.

1963 saw her conversion into a luxury yacht and in 1972 she was entered in the first Whitbread Round The World Yacht Race, where she completed the circumnavigation. After the race she continued to charter in the Mediterranean Sea and surrounding islands.

Motor Tug Brocklebank

4. Brocklebank Motor TugThe Brocklebank was built and launched in 1964 and completed in February 1965, as one of a class of three (Langton, Brocklebank & Egerton) ordered by the Alexandra Towing Company Ltd. of Liverpool, by W.J. Yarwood & Sons of Northwich.

The Alexandra Towing Co. served in all major UK ports, but the Brocklebank was based in Liverpool throughout her working life, which lasted from 1965 to 1988. She served as a ship handling tug during the 1960’s and 70’s and aspects of her career included assisting cargo ships, passenger liners and Naval vessels to their berths, with occasional duties at Heysham, Larne and Barrow for ship launches: later she was given the task of towing barges loaded with stone from Dinmor Quarry on Anglesey for the building of the present Royal Seaforth docks in Liverpool.

The greatest honour for the Brocklebank was to escort the Royal Yacht Britannia into Liverpool when her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip visited to review the Tall Ships in 1984.

The Brocklebank was acquired by the Liverpool Maritime Museum in 1989, and resides at the Albert Dock, Liverpool where she is maintained by members of the Wincham Preservation Society, an enthusiastic group of Volunteers, all of whom have an interest in ships and the sea and many of whom had or still have an active interest in the functioning of the port of Liverpool.

Johanna Lucretia

5. Johanna LucretiaThe Johanna Lucretia was an overall winner in the Tall Ships race 2012. She has starred in the film the Riddle of the Sands in 1978 when she took the part of the Medusa and more recently in the film Amazing Grace – a drama about the campaign to end the slave trade. She also starred in the Irish reality TV show Cabin Fever where she replaced the original Cabin Fever ship after it ran aground off Tory island.

Brian Ború (our Sail Training vessel for 2018)

6. Brian Boru (1)The 2018 trainees will sail in the wake of the Vikings, the Normans, the Monastic settlers, Cromwell’s Fleet and of course, the Wild Native Irish in the ship named after the legendary High King of Munster and Ireland, Brian Ború.

This traditional gaff rigged wooden sailing ketch (ship) has been specifically adapted for carrying passengers on voyages of discovery of heritage and wildlife. This ship is stationed in the Waterford River estuary, where the three sister rivers (Nore, Suir, & Barrow) meet the sea, and sails primarily along the coast of Ireland’s Ancient East. The ship is often used as a vessel for observing and learning about the heritage, culture, wildlife and conservation of the marine environment of the Waterford estuary whose river basins touch many counties in Ireland.

Watch out for all the “on the water” action with boat & yacht races, Boyne Swim and so much more.  Follow the Irish Maritime Festival on Facebook and Twitter for updates!

Ships in recent years…

In recent years we welcomed Tall & Classic Sailing Vessels, Viking Long Boats, Historic Lifeboats, Custom and Fishery Cutters to Drogheda Port as part of festival … 

Photographs by Shane Maguire Photography ( and Vaidotas Maneikis (