Killinchy, Co. Down

Killinchy, Co. Down.

On a recent visit to Killinchy I travelled on down to the shores of Strangford Lough at Whiterock Bay.  The Lough is splattered with islands at this point, and closest to the shore,  joined by a causeway, is Sketrick Island, with its distictive castle.

Castle Causeway

The castle is a 16th Century Tower House, a defensive position which saw battle in the 17th Century.  Originally four storeys high, part of the castle collapsed in 1896, and what remains is now curated by the NI Communities Historic Environment Dept.

While in the area, it’s worth taking a look at another piece of maritime history.  The LV Petrel is a Lightship, built for the Commissioners of Irish Lights and launched from Dublin Dockyard in 1915.  It served as a ‘relief vessel’ on standy-by for lightships that needed repair, later positioned at sea at Skullmartin, off Ballywalter.

The ship was decommissioned in 1968, and was destined for the scrapyard, until rescued by Down Cruising Club, and towed to her present mooring at Whiterock Bay, where she became a unique clubhouse.

Photos were made using the Fujifilm X-T2, with Fuji Acros film simulation.