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Seedes Bank

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The Seedes Bank on the southeast coast of Ireland is an anchorage that lies on Waterford Harbour’s eastern shore, approximately eight miles in from Hook Head lighthouse, to the immediate northwest of Ballyhack. It is a remote secluded river anchorage located half a mile above the small village of Ballyhack.

The bank offers complete protection from all winds with excellent mud holding and has been a traditional storm bolt-hole since ancient times. 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 Seedes Bank
Facilities
None listed


Nature
No fees for anchoring or berthing in this locationAnchoring locationScenic location or scenic location in the immediate vicinity

Considerations
Note: strong tides or currents in the area that require consideration

Protected sectors

Current wind over the protected quadrants
Minimum depth
3 metres (9.84 feet).

Approaches
5 stars: Safe access; all reasonable conditions.
Shelter
5 stars: Complete protection; all-round shelter in all reasonable conditions.



Last modified
April 16th 2020

Summary

A completely protected location with safe access.

Facilities
None listed


Nature
No fees for anchoring or berthing in this locationAnchoring locationScenic location or scenic location in the immediate vicinity

Considerations
Note: strong tides or currents in the area that require consideration



HM  +353 51 301400     HM  +353 87 2598297      Ch.14/10/13 [Waterford Port]
Position and approaches
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Haven position

52° 15.222' N, 006° 59.146' W

In the anchorage area.

What is the initial fix?

The following Waterford Harbour marked channel initial fix will set up a final approach:
52° 10.740' N, 006° 56.320' W
This waypoint is 600 metres south by southwest of the Waterford Channel Number 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 you will see the Dunmore East leading lights alternate white/green.


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.


Not what you need?
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 Seedes Bank for your convenience.
Ten nearest havens by straight line charted distance and bearing:
  1. Buttermilk Point - 0.3 miles NNE
  2. Ballyhack - 0.5 miles SE
  3. Passage East - 0.6 miles SSE
  4. Cheekpoint - 0.7 miles NNW
  5. Arthurstown - 0.9 miles SE
  6. Duncannon - 1.6 miles SE
  7. Little Island - 1.8 miles W
  8. Dollar Bay - 2.8 miles SE
  9. Creadan Head - 2.8 miles SSE
  10. Port of Waterford - 2.8 miles W
These havens are ordered by straight line charted distance and bearing, and can be reordered by compass direction or coastal sequence:
  1. Buttermilk Point - 0.3 miles NNE
  2. Ballyhack - 0.5 miles SE
  3. Passage East - 0.6 miles SSE
  4. Cheekpoint - 0.7 miles NNW
  5. Arthurstown - 0.9 miles SE
  6. Duncannon - 1.6 miles SE
  7. Little Island - 1.8 miles W
  8. Dollar Bay - 2.8 miles SE
  9. Creadan Head - 2.8 miles SSE
  10. Port of Waterford - 2.8 miles W
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What's the story here?
Seedes Bank and Ballyhack as seen from the opposite shore
Image: Michael Harpur


The Seedes Bank lies beneath the forested eastern bank of the River Suir about 8 miles within Waterford Harbour, ¾ of a mile above Ballyhack and ½ south of Buttermilk Point. Here the shore is skirted by a sandy flat of sand and mud with from 2.1 to 3.4 metres of water over it and steep-to, extending nearly two-thirds of the distance across the harbour and leaving the harbour fairway little more than 300 metres wide between it and the western shore.

The Seedes Bank is a historic and secluded river anchorage that offers excellent protection and holding over depths along the bank that range from 2.8 to 3.6 metres LAT. Landing on the surrounding quays is for those who have a tender equipped with a stalworth outboard that can deal with the river's currents.


How to get in?
Seedes Bank with the Ballyhack to Passage East ferry crossing below
Image: Michael Harpur


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 here follow the marked channel up to the facing villages of Passage East and Ballyhack where a regular ferry crosses.

Above Passage East, the western or Waterford shore is precipitous, rocky, and bold-to and the eastern Wexford and Ballyhack shore is skirted by a sandy flat, which runs off into the Seedes Bank. The only danger here is a shallow ridge that extends out 450 metres from the eastern bank at a point that is about midway between Ballyhack and Buttermilk Point. Adhering to the channel as far as the 'Seedes Bank South. starboard mark clears this danger.

The area above the 'Seedes Bank South' mark is the bank. Round this mark to starboard and head into the northeast towards the high and forested shoreline.

The mud of Seedes Bank just discernible as seen from the north around Buttermilk
Point

Image: Tourism Ireland


Haven location Anchor according to draft and conditions anywhere along the bank. The best protection will be found off of the eastern shoreline well out of any tidal stream. Tucked into the mainland the shallow spit close south of 'Seedes Bank South' starboard mark diverts the run of the current whilst the opposite high ground, to the north of Passage East, sends the prevailing south-westerlies overhead.


Ballyhack situated a half mile downriver
Image: Michael Harpur


Landing is best had by a short ½ mile jaunt to the small harbour of Click to view haven. Or by the adventure decribed in the Buttermilk Point Click to view haven entry.


Why visit here?
The Seedes Bank was a traditional storm sanctuary for square riggers in the years of sail. It is reported that during one particularly bad storm nearly a hundred square-riggers anchored here in perfect security.

Today it is little used and this is perhaps a result of the lack of a convenient landing position. But as a place of shelter, along with its immediate near neighbour north of Buttermilk Point, it remains a very useful location for sailing craft. It is a perfect place to securely anchor a boat if caught in very rough conditions and in need of an uncomplicated berth to drop down on. Likewise, a vessel could endure almost any conditions on the Seedes Bank as it offers complete protection from all winds, excellent mud holding just out of the run of the river should it flood.


What facilities are available?
There is a pub and small shop at Ballyhack plus a pier to tie the dinghy to. Passage East has a pub that offers food. If you do not fancy the tide with your dinghy you may take a foot passenger ride across on the car ferry or power across and day anchor at Passage East.

Waterford Airport is within 15 KM offering schedule flights to the UK and mainland Europe.


Any security concerns?
There are no reported security issues in the area. However if leaving the vessel unattended it is advisable to secure the vessel.


With thanks to:
John Carroll, Ballyhack, Co.Wexford, Ireland.


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Cheek Point round to Buttermilk Point through the Seedes Bank, Ballyhack and Passage East



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Rodolphe Thimonier wrote this review on Jun 19th 2016:

Quiet anchorage, with good holding, subject to strong tidal currents. Could be uncomfortable in settled south-westerly winds on ebb. The traffic in the nearby channel is not an issue.

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