Cork is a maritime city and its harbour is the second biggest natural hrabour in the world (after Sydney, Australia). No surprise then that Cork has a fascinating historical relationship with the sea and it's river, The Lee, (for example the first steamship to cross the Atlantic set off from Cork was captained by local Richard Roberts and the Titanic made its last call here) and still continues to be the country's primary port for imports and exports.
Rowing, sailing, kayaking, diving and other water sports are still hugely popular on Leeside.
The national maritime college of Ireland is located in Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork and provides training and education for the merchant marine and the non-military needs of the Irish Naval Service. The NMCI provides education services of the highest quality. Specialist spaces including survival facilities, seamanship and shipwrights workshops, fire fighting/damage control, jetty and lifeboat facilities and engine room are provided. The college also provides specialized simulation equipment in the areas of navigation, bridge training, communications, engineering machinery operations, liquid cargo handling/ damage control and vessel traffic systems.