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Cuskinny

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Great Island is situated on the south coast of Ireland within Cork’s extensive natural harbour. This anchorage is located at the midpoint of the island’s southern shore. It offers a remote anchorage in beautiful natural surroundings that is just a mile east of Cobh’s town centre jetty.

Being on the south side of the island the anchorage offers good protection from all northerly quadrant winds. As part of the lower harbour it will never be subject to any big seaway from other quadrants but in these conditions Cork Harbour offers a choice of more suitable locations within a short distance. Safe access is assured in all reasonable conditions by Cork Harbour, one of the most easily approached, well-marked and safest natural harbours in the world.
Please note

Although the Lower Harbour is very well marked for night navigation, owing to Cobh’s lights and the vast amount of markers, first time visitors should prefer a day entry as it may prove challenging at night.




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Keyfacts for Cuskinny
HM  +353 21 4273125      info@portofcork.ie      Ch.12, 14, 16
Approaches
5 stars: Safe access; all reasonable conditions.
Shelter
4 stars: Good; assured night's sleep except from specific quarters.



Nature
No fees for anchoring or berthing in this locationAnchoring locationJetty or a structure to assist landingRemote or quiet secluded locationScenic location or scenic location in the immediate vicinity
Facilities
(None)


Last modified
May 30th 2017; suggest a correction?

Protected sectors

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Summary

A good location with safe access.

LWS draught

3 metres (9.84 feet).

Today's tide estimates

LW 01:53 (1m) HW 07:53 (3.9m)
LW 14:14 (1.1m) HW 20:04 (3.8m)
Now approaching Neaps

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Approaches
5 stars: Safe access; all reasonable conditions.
Shelter
4 stars: Good; assured night's sleep except from specific quarters.



Nature
No fees for anchoring or berthing in this locationAnchoring locationJetty or a structure to assist landingRemote or quiet secluded locationScenic location or scenic location in the immediate vicinity
Facilities
(None)


Last modified
May 30th 2017; suggest a correction?

Position and approaches
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Haven position

51° 51.200' N, 008° 16.000' W

This is on the 3 metre contour on the north eastern edge of the deep water area southwest of the bay.

What is the initial fix?

The following Cork Harbour initial will set up a final approach:
51° 46.580' N, 008° 15.460' W
This waypoint is a mile out from the entrance and near the Outflow Marker Fl(Y) 20s. It is set on the alignment of 354° (T) of the Dogsnose leading lights that are situated on the east side of Cork Harbour entrance. This waypoint sets up an east channel approach but a vessel may alter course to and enter via the west channel.


What are the key points of the approach?

Offshore and approach details are available in the westbound Rosslare to Cork Harbour Route location or eastbound Mizen Head to Cork Harbour Route location sequence.


Not what you need?
Try our Advanced Havens Search tool to find locations with the specific attributes you need, or click the 'Next', coastal clockwise, or 'Previous', coastal anti-clockwise, buttons to progress through neighbouring havens. Below are the ten nearest havens to Cuskinny for your convenience.
Ten nearest havens by straight line distance
  1. Cobh - 0.7 miles WSW
  2. Spike Island - 0.8 miles SW
  3. East Ferry Marina - 1.3 miles ENE
  4. Aghada - 1.3 miles ESE
  5. Glenbrook - 1.5 miles W
  6. Cork Harbour Marina - 1.5 miles WSW
  7. Northeast of Great Island - 1.7 miles NE
  8. White Bay - 1.8 miles S
  9. Crosshaven - 1.9 miles SSW
  10. Drake’s Pool - 2.4 miles SW
Ten nearest havens by straight line distance
  1. Cobh - 0.7 miles WSW
  2. Spike Island - 0.8 miles SW
  3. East Ferry Marina - 1.3 miles ENE
  4. Aghada - 1.3 miles ESE
  5. Glenbrook - 1.5 miles W
  6. Cork Harbour Marina - 1.5 miles WSW
  7. Northeast of Great Island - 1.7 miles NE
  8. White Bay - 1.8 miles S
  9. Crosshaven - 1.9 miles SSW
  10. Drake’s Pool - 2.4 miles SW
Alternatively the above can be ordered by compass direction or coastal sequence


How to get in?
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Great Island lies in Cork Harbour, just outside Cork City at the mouth of the River Lee. The island divides the harbour into Lower and Upper Harbours and is home to the town of Cobh. This anchorage lies at the remote and natural midpoint of the island’s southern shore.

Convergance Point The run up the Lower Harbour to Cobh Road is best described in the Cork City Marina Click to view haven entry.

When the Spit Bank and No.18 Port Hand marker have been passed to port do not turn into Cobh Road but continue north and exit the main channel passing the Starboard Hand Marker No. 13 to starboard.

Haven location The anchoring area is adjacent to the main channel, to the north of the Starboard Hand Marker No. 13 mark and close to the island’s southern shoreline. This deep water hole is located to the southwest of Cuskinny Bay and is clearly marked on Admiralty Charts 1773 and 1777.
Please note

It is essential that vessels carrying any draft should anchor in the deep water hole adjacent to the channel. The area fronting the Bay itself is shallow and dries out between its inner points. The offshore area is only suitable for shallow draft vessels or vessels that can take to the hard.



Land at the small quay within the bay. It should be noted that landing is not ideal as the entire quay area dries well out from the shore.


What's the story here?
The name Great Island, is a shortening of the Irish name Oileán Móran Barraigh meaning "Great island of the Barrys". The latter referred to the powerful Barry family who occupied and settled the area during Norman times. Prior to their arrival the island was called Oilean Ard na Neimheadh meaning the "High, as in status, island of Neimheadh" in deference to Neimheadh a legendary leader who invaded Ireland in ancient times.

Set in the centre of the island, and despite its proximity to Great Island’s main town of Cobh, the beautiful Cuskinny Bay and its immediate inshore area have been left almost entirely unaltered by human history. There are no known archaeological sites in this area of the island, but recent historical references indicate that mills did operate here when Cuskinny Marsh was named the ‘’Mill Pond”. However no indications of any mills are visible today nor are they shown on any of the ordinance survey maps. The single historical mention attached to the area was an 1898 discovery of a cache of ancient Roman coins. But these were not thought to be from the Roman Empire period and probably came from a later time; most likely the 18th or 19th century when it was fashionable to bring roman coins back from Italy. If there is a single hallmark for this location it is the visible absence of human activity both past and present.

It is this very hallmark that is set to continue for future generations as the 12 hectares of land located along the lower reaches of the Ballyleary Stream and fronting the bay, have been turned into a privately owned nature reserve called the ‘Cuskinny Nature Reserve’. With the small exception of a small commercial forestry section, the entire area is given over to nature’s course and managed by Birdwatch Ireland (BWI). The reserve contains a mixture of lake, swamp, grassland and woodland habitats and is designated a Natural Heritage Area.

‘Cuskinny Nature Reserve’ is a cherished local amenity and used by local schools for educational purposes. Visiting boatmen should take care to only view the wildlife from the road that borders the reserve’s west and southern sides so as not to disturb the natural habitat in the relatively narrow reserve area. The bay, beach and disused quay are outside the reserve boundaries and are not subject to landing restrictions with respect to nature conservation.

Just a mile from Cobh town centre, this surprising natural hideaway is largely used as a ‘lunch stop’ location by Cork sailors. It also presents an ideal anchoring location for visiting boats to slip away from the hustle and bustle of Cobh's jetty’s for a peaceful night at anchor. Although most boating visitors will stay aboard to enjoy a quiet and convenient anchorage, a landing party, especially those who have an interest in bird watching will be well rewarded ashore.


What facilities are available?
There are no facilities at this secluded natural setting. The island's main town of Cobh is less than a mile to the west. For everything else there are bus connections to Cork or other berthing destinations such as Crosshaven where a concentration of boat services and facilities may be had.


Any security concerns?
Never an issue known to have occurred to a vessel anchored off Great Island.


With thanks to:
Eddie English, Yachtmaster Instructor/Examiner Dinghy & Powerboat Trainer at sailcork.com. Photographs with thanks to Jeremy Keith, Nico Nieuwstraten and Margot Mulcahy.


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This very useful aerial overview of Cork Harbour is highly recommended for first time visitors to familiarise themselves with Cork Harbour:





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