Nothing To See Here

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Dublin Port. 4.15 this afternoon.

Michael O’R writes:

One of the joys of where I work (Ringsend) is the view of the fascinating goings on in Dublin Port. Today, I noted a visitor to the port. Several times, these grey ships can be seen calling here, and what they are doing, I never know. Usually foreign flag ships, likely just picking up supplies, possibly dropping men off for medical reasons, who knows?  But given the year that’s in it, I can’t help wondering what is really going on. Especially when they do not show up on the wonderful Marine Traffic tracking website [lower pic with mystery berth ringed]….Admittedly, our own ships never show up on that either, so probably nothing, but never let that get in the way of a good conspiracy theory…

29 thoughts on “Nothing To See Here

    1. The Salmon Of Knowledge

      Or the Rand Corporation.

      Or the Reverse Vampires.

      We’re through the looking glass here people.

  1. Jimmee

    “But given the year that’s in it, I can’t help wondering what is really going on.”

    What year is in it? Are you trying to say that you’re usually more suspicious of foreign invaders on the notable anniversaries of failed rebellions? That’s a condition you should see a psychotherapist about.

    1. Slightly Bemused

      Hmm…

      “probably nothing, but never let that get in the way of a good conspiracy theory…”

      Right so!

    2. realPolithicks

      And he’s the seventh son of a seventh son, born on February 29th. What do you make of that?

  2. All the good ones fly south for winter

    …these grey ships can be seen calling here..returning to the Undying Lands…

  3. rotide

    See the way the sea is Blue?

    And what comes out of the pigeons in the pigeon house? Just one letter away from Shirt.

    Blue …. Shirt.

    Blueshirt.

    This is what the media are keeping from us. The truth is out there once you know where to look.

  4. Michael O'Riordan

    As a person with a mild interest in military ships, I was actually trying to find out what it was: country, name, type. Others train spot, airplane spot, or look at old Dublin buses. I like looking at ships.

    I was going to ask, a la the Vintage Car Porn posts, can anyone name that model, but this seemed more fun. Nothing more,

      1. Michael O'Riordan

        I see one there every couple of months, but they may be more often. I am sure either the Navy or the Defense Forces HQ would answer.

        Another great source is this link to Afloat’s website. They have a section on naval ships visiting (http://afloat.ie/port-news/naval-visits). I image something will be up on this visit shortly.

        1. Michael O'Riordan

          D’Oh! Teach me to read the website! Its already up there:

          A French Navy anti-submarine frigate, Jean de Vienne (D 643) of the Type F 70 class docked in Dublin Port this morning, writes Jehan Ashmore. [16 January]

          The 139 metre long frigate which is on a four-day visit is the first foreign naval caller to the capital this year.

          1. mauriac

            ” the French haven’t the nature for war. Their Gallic laziness combines with their Latinate voluptuousness with the result that they would rather eat and make love with their faces than fight.”

  5. neil

    Irish Naval Service (and Royal Navy) vessels often do show up on MarineTraffic, but it’s their call whether they want to have their AIS transponders on (kinda makes it hard to sneak up on fishermen otherwise). If they’re alongside, it’s not really that suspicious to have it turned off.

    1. Michael O'Riordan

      Oh, I know, and absolutely makes sense. As I mentioned, was more by way of a bit of fun :)

  6. Eoin

    Hmmmm. There’s a similar thing happening with some high level aircraft overflights. Some regular overflights are not appearing on traffic trackers and have no business flying over our airspace. They seem to come from somewhere secret and then land somewhere else…that’s also secret.

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