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Captain Halpin Lecture

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Jim Rees, author and biographer of Captain Robert Halpin will give a free lecture on his life and his time at sea.

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Born in a dockside tavern in Wicklow town in 1836 Halpin began his seafaring career at the age of eleven. He survived his first shipwreck when he was fifteen and became master mariner at the of twenty-two. Unafraid of danger, particularly when potential profit outweighed risks involved, he ran supplies to the Confederate ports in the American Civil War.

His greatest days at sea were as commander of the largest ship on earth, the ss Great Eastern. During the 1860s and 1870s, he was responsible for the successful laying of 26,000 miles of marine telegraph cable, linking four continents and making himself a fortune in the process.

While still a relatively young man, he entered a phased retirement, in his native Wicklow living in Tinakilly House, Rathnew. He took an active part in local affairs until, in 1894, his life was cut short in a bizarre manner for someone who had survived so much.

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The National Maritime Museum is a non profit organsiation with no State support, hence the reason we have fund raising activities throughout the year. Charity Registration 20009830

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