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Passage East

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Passage East is located on the southeast coast of Ireland seven miles within the western shores of Waterford Harbour. It is a small completely drying harbour that may only be used by vessels that can take to the mud. Small craft can anchor to the northwest of the harbour but strong tidal streams make the berth uncomfortable and dinghy work highly difficult.

Vessels that can take to the mud will find complete protection from all conditions. The wide, unhindered and well-marked Waterford Harbour estuary provides safe access, night or day and at any stage of the tide.
Please note

Tidal streams are a prime consideration within Waterford Harbour; a strong adverse current will make for slow progress, conversely, a favourable passage current will make the estuary quickly traversable.




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Keyfacts for Passage East
Facilities
Shop with basic provisions availableSlipway availableHot food available in the localityPublic house or wine bar in the areaPost Office in the areaRegional or international airport within 25 kilometres


Nature
Jetty or a structure to assist landingNavigation lights to support a night approachScenic location or scenic location in the immediate vicinitySet near a village or with a village in the immediate vicinity

Considerations
Restriction: shallow, drying or partially drying pierRestriction: rising tide required for accessRestriction: may only reasonably accommodate vessels less than a specific lengthNote: strong tides or currents in the area that require consideration

Protected sectors

Current wind over the protected quadrants
Approaches
4 stars: Straightforward; when unaffected by weather from difficult quadrants or tidal consideration, no overly complex dangers.
Shelter
5 stars: Complete protection; all-round shelter in all reasonable conditions.



Last modified
May 4th 2018

Summary* Restrictions apply

A completely protected location with straightforward access.

Facilities
Shop with basic provisions availableSlipway availableHot food available in the localityPublic house or wine bar in the areaPost Office in the areaRegional or international airport within 25 kilometres


Nature
Jetty or a structure to assist landingNavigation lights to support a night approachScenic location or scenic location in the immediate vicinitySet near a village or with a village in the immediate vicinity

Considerations
Restriction: shallow, drying or partially drying pierRestriction: rising tide required for accessRestriction: may only reasonably accommodate vessels less than a specific lengthNote: strong tides or currents in the area that require consideration



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Position and approaches
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Haven position

52° 14.426' N, 006° 58.336' W

The pierhead at the entrance.

What is the initial fix?

The following Waterford Harbour marked channel initial fix will set up a final approach:
52° 8.332' N, 006° 57.695' W
This is 600 metres south by southwest of the Waterford Channel No.1 starboard-hand marker (Fl.G.2s on a bearing of 009°T). It is directly east of Creadan Head, upon the eastern side of the Waterford Channel where at night the Dunmore East leading lights alternate white/green will be seen.


What are the key points of the approach?

Offshore details are available in southeastern Ireland’s Coastal Overview for Rosslare Harbour to Cork Harbour Route location. Seaward approaches, along with the run up the harbour, are covered in the Port of Waterford Click to view haven entry.


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Click the 'Next' and 'Previous' buttons to progress through neighbouring havens in a coastal 'clockwise' or 'anti-clockwise' sequence. Below are the ten nearest havens to Passage East for your convenience.
Ten nearest havens by straight line charted distance and bearing:
  1. Ballyhack - 0.2 miles NNE
  2. Arthurstown - 0.4 miles E
  3. Seedes Bank - 0.6 miles NNW
  4. Buttermilk Point - 0.8 miles NNW
  5. Duncannon - 1 miles SE
  6. Cheekpoint - 1.3 miles NNW
  7. Little Island - 2.1 miles W
  8. Dollar Bay - 2.2 miles SE
  9. Creadan Head - 2.2 miles SSE
  10. Templetown Bay - 2.8 miles SSE
These havens are ordered by straight line charted distance and bearing, and can be reordered by compass direction or coastal sequence:
  1. Ballyhack - 0.2 miles NNE
  2. Arthurstown - 0.4 miles E
  3. Seedes Bank - 0.6 miles NNW
  4. Buttermilk Point - 0.8 miles NNW
  5. Duncannon - 1 miles SE
  6. Cheekpoint - 1.3 miles NNW
  7. Little Island - 2.1 miles W
  8. Dollar Bay - 2.2 miles SE
  9. Creadan Head - 2.2 miles SSE
  10. Templetown Bay - 2.8 miles SSE
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How to get in?


Passage East is an historic old village built on the hillside of the River Suir’s western shore. It is located about seven miles within Waterford Harbour and has a small drying quay on the north side of the village. The village serves as the western terminus for the river ferry from Ballyhack.

Convergance Point Use the Port of Waterford Click to view haven for details of seaward approaches, entry to Waterford Harbour and the run up the estuary.

Initial fix location From the initial fix, set in the middle of the entrance, head northeast for the ‘Waterford’ port marker buoy and then pick up the No. 1 and 2 buoys of the fairway.



From there follow the Port of Waterford directions up to the Passage Spit mark about seven miles above Hook Point.
Please note

Be careful not to cut to the west of this mark. As the channel turns gradually to port after the mark, suggesting the inner path, and the light structure breaks the convention of port hand marks, it is a common mistake.



From Passage Spit the facing villages of Passage East and Ballyhack will be seen with a regular ferry crossing between them.
Please note

The ferry operates within very tight margins and should not be impeded. A vessel should not anchor in the vicinity of the ferry.



Haven location The harbour entrance will be readily visible on approach. Make a note of the run of the current at the entrance before coming in. Berth alongside one of the three main quays: Boathouse Quay, Hackett's Quay or Middle Quay or raft up if no wall space is available.



Vessels intending to anchor should do so to the northeast of the harbour and then berth alongside the harbour: This should only be a short stay anchorage as a totally secure long-term anchorage is available 400 metres to the north on the Seedes Bank.
Please note

Vessels should anchor in such a fashion that they cannot swing out and encroach upon the shipping channel. The main channel runs close to the west bank along here, as it does all the way to Hell Point, and very little movement is required for a vessel to cause an obstruction. Many boats that anchor may have to be moved across the estuary to the Seedes Bank by the Waterford harbour master.






Why visit here?
Passage East is an ancient port that has played its part in the turning points of the nation. The most significant of these was on 23 August 1170 when the Normans landed here, at what was then known as ‘the Passage’.

The Norman invasion of Ireland was a two-stage process, which began on 1 May 1169 when a force of loosely associated Norman knights landed near Bannow Bay. They were acting in support of Diarmait Mac Murchada, the ousted King of Leinster. The Passage East landing was part of the second wave and the 5th of the landing parties that bore down on Ireland that year. It was here that the leader of the invasion, the Earl of Pembroke, Richard de Clare, better known as Strongbow landed with 200 knights and 1,000 men. He then combined his forces with those of Raymond FitzWilliam le Gros who led the 4th landing on May 1st. 1170 on Baginbun with 100 heavily armoured Norman, Welsh and Flemish mercenary knights. The combined armies of Strongbow and Raymond le Gros then advanced toward the walled city of Waterford and the conquest of Ireland began in earnest.

Two attacks on the city were repulsed before their joint forces found a weak spot in the walls that enabled them to enter and capture the town. Strongbow’s capture of Waterford consolidated the Anglo-Norman foothold in Ireland. The next target for the Norman armies was to take command of the province of Leinster by taking the strategic, political and trade centre of Dublin. Dublin fell just as quickly and Strongbow married Diarmait's daughter, Aoife, and was named as heir to the Kingdom of Leinster. Fearing Strongbow’s designs to have created a breakaway Norman kingdom Henry II, the King of England, landed in Passage East in 1171 with a large fleet and 4000 men to establish his authority. This was the first King of England to set foot on Irish soil and the beginning of 800 years of English, and later British, rule in Ireland.

After the invasion the Normans noted the importance of Passage East. It was fortified to command the passage of shipping up and down the important river. The small outpost continued to reflect the turning points of the nation’s history when King James fled Ireland from here in 1690 after his defeat at the Battle of the Boyne. Likewise, the ruins of Geneva Barracks, originally constructed as a utopian colony, played a part in the aftermath of the 1798 United Irishmen Revolt. It was turned into a notorious prison and then point of departure for thousands of 1798 rebels that were transported out of the country.

Today the peaceful, charming fishing village of Passage East is very much removed from this drama. History has left behind a distinctive architecture. It is home to a small but thriving fishing industry, which provides employment for a number of local people. The village is small and set into the physical constraints imposed by the location’s high escarpment. It has two open squares, surrounding streets and three main quays. It has a nice long beach leading to the south that provides for great fishing.



For the passing boater, it has good pubs and a reportedly good Chinese restaurant. The ferry that passes back and forth to Ballyhack is situated on the Waterford to Rosslare Europort road. The Passage East side of the river is less than 10 KM away from Waterford International airport and the city of Waterford is a short twenty-minute taxi ride.


What facilities are available?
Passage East has no facilities apart from the quays, pubs and small shops.


Any security concerns?
As the harbour completely dries, any passer-by can walk out and access your vessel. It is best that you clear the decks and fasten the vessel down if leaving it unattended.


With thanks to:
John Carroll, Ballyhack, New Ross, Co. Wexford. Photography with thanks to Michael Harpur.


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The following quick Waterford Estuary video presents a camera sweep from Cheek Point round to Buttermilk Point through the Seedes Bank, Ballyhack and Passage East.





Likewise the following Tall Ships video was taken from the same location providing a feel for the estuary in this area.





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