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AL-1 and USS Nevada804 viewsUS Submarine AL-1 with USS Nevada in Background at Berehaven
British Fleet981 viewsThe British Fleet at anchorage in Berehaven, early 1900's
Breaking the Boom at Berehaven686 viewsPolyphemus was sent on 1st July 1885 to Berehaven to be tested on the boom at the western end of the harbour. Many felt that this couldn’t be done, but the Polyphemus cut through the boom with ease. This feat led The Cork Examiner to declare the Polyphemus “the most powerful ship in the world”. (The boom made up of steel hawsers five inches thick)
Johnny Sheehan482 viewsJohnny Sheehan, Filane during a mine sweeping operation. He is 2nd to left with head bowed
Dreadnought764 viewsBritish Dreadnought at Castletownbere early 1900's
British Navy719 viewsBritish Fleet at Castletown Berehaven early 1900's
British Fleet at Berehaven. Late 1800's777 views
British Warship passing Glengarriff713 views
HMS Polyphemus528 viewsThe Polyphemus was a real one-off, a Torpedo Ram, carrying a bow tube and four broadside tubes and a strengthened spur ram. For her own defence she carried six 1 inch calibre twin barrelled Nordenfelt Machine Guns. Although the spur ram was an integral part of the design, it was meant as a weapon of last resort
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