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Old English ferry gets more than a facelift for pleasure boat role in Ireland

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The completed 'Barrow Princess' on the Quays ready for launch. Boats and their on-board equipment and systems may need repair or modernisation at some point in their lifetime.  Obviously much of this is due to general wear and tear, engine failure or other mechanical issues.  But boats have to deal with the additional challenges of salt water corrosion and storm damage.  Isles of Scilly Penzance ferry  Voyager of St Martin’s before it's make over Arklow Marine Services in Wicklow, with a long history of refitting vessels, were recently engaged to apply their skills and experience to a boat with an interesting back story.   This vessel  had originally plied the waters in the far south west of the Britain as a ferry between the Isles of Scilly and Penzance and Cornwall.  It was built by Toms Boatyard in Polruan in Cornwall 25 years ago and launched as the ‘Voyager of St Martin’s’ The boat at Kilmore Quay, Co. Waterford A buyer from Kilmore Quay, Co. Waterford acquired the ves

Harking back to the glory days of aviation the Aer Lingus ‘Iolar (‘IOLAR’) is a flying beauty

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Aer Lingus ‘Iolar’ (Eagle) De Havilland DH84 Dragon  The De Havilland DH84 Dragon aircraft was a twin-engined, six passenger biplane designed to fulfill the requirements of Edward Hillman, an Essex, England bus and coach operator who broke into the air-charter business in 1931. This aircraft was built by De Havilland at Hatfield in early 1936 and its first flight was performed by Geoffrey de Havilland himself. Its Certificate of Airworthiness was issued on 18 April 1936, registered in the UK. It was powered by two 130hp De Havilland 'Gipsy Major' engines. Whilst on the ground and during certain maintenance operations, the wings could be folded back allowing for easy accommodation within relatively small hangars.  Majority of De Havilland DH84 Dragon were built in the UK A majority of Dragons were built in the UK yet some were built in Australia for the military there and in New Zealand. Sixty-two Dragon 1s were built, prior to the introduction of the Dragon 2, which featured fa