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A. K. Ilen

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Name of vessel
A. K. Ilen
Conor O Brien / Tom Moynihan
Builder of vessel
Tom Moynihan / Baltimore Fisheries School
Date of vessel
Some given dimensions of the vessel (LOA, LWL, Draft etc)
Length Overall (On Deck).......................56ft 0in
Beam...................................................14ft 0in
Draught ..................................................8ft 0in
Scale of the model
Full Size Vessel
Owner's name / Home port.
AK Ilen Company
General Description:
An auxiliary ketch designed for work in the Falkland Islands sheep and cattle stations and built in the manner of West Cork fishing boats.
Any other information.
During Conor O'Brien's famous circumnavigation in the yacht Saoirse, he broke his homeward journey in The Falkland Islands in December 1924. His stay there led to the commissioning by The Falkland Islands Company of a larger version of the Saoirse, the A.K. ILEN.

By October 1925, a 56 foot ketch, with auxiliary engine, was under construction at the Fishery School, Baltimore under the supervision of Tom Moynihan. O'Brien remarked when he saw her ready for launching, in 1926, on the slip at Baltimore that she was 'a handsomer model' than the Saoirse. With two Cadogan cousins as crew O’Brien delivered her to the Falklands. The fact that she was to survive 60 brutally busy years as the Falklands service boat, undertaking harsh work of many kinds, testifies to the excellent quality of her construction.

The Ilen was brought back to Ireland in 1997 by Gary MacMahon and is at present under repair and re-construction at Hegartys’ Boatyard, Oldcourt.

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