Bray Cualann Historical Society

The Maritime History of Bray with Brian White

Bray has strong maritime traditions, but did you know that Bray had five harbours, the first established in 1699 around a lime kiln just off the Seapoint Road? Golf came to Bray in 1762 as a result of smuggling. Yes, pirates used Bray to smuggle tea, gin, brandy and tobacco. In 1957 the lighthouse fell into the sea at Bray Harbour giving to the saying that "Bray is the only place in the world with a lighthouse for submarines". Bathing Goggles were invented in Bray. Come and explore the Maritime History of the town.