More Pathé

A train ferry, claimed to be in service on the Liffey

Fishing at Ringsend the hard way

Turf by canal

Launching the Irish Elm in Cork

A Boyne regatta

Making and using a Boyne currach in 1921 (you can learn the art yourself here)

A non-watery film: Irish Aviation Day 1936


4 responses to “More Pathé

  1. The train ferry could not be used as such in Ireland due to the differing railway gauges on both sides of the Irish Sea (or even the Atlantic!) unless it was to operate between Ireland and Brazil, which shares the same gauge as Ireland (5’3″)/

  2. Yes: I presume the Pathé person who labelled the film leaped to a conclusion. Perhaps the ferry was in for repair or en route from the Baltic to a new home. bjg



    Again much enjoyed. The train ferry is interesting, my line of thought is that the crane had come over from either France or England, possibly about 1920 as both MGWR cranes were delivered then, both were big breakdown cranes to lift 20 tons, we can clearly see the runner wagon for one crane and the gauge was like the rails set in the hold, 4ft8&1/2 in. The MGWR bought these cranes from the War Dept, both were to that gauge and were part of an order for such to Russia, but they were never sent and both ended up at Bolougne in France, which is where these train ferries ran to and from Folkstone or Harwich in England.

    So what we see is one ferry having reached Dublin with the cranes as cargo and we just get a clip showing one of them. Both cranes went to the Broadstone and were re-gauged to 5ft-3in, one survived until 2010 in Tuam, sadly it got cut up as no one would take it.

    Love the turf by canal shots, a timeless scene all long since gone.

    Regards for now.



  4. Aha! Thank you very much, Andrew: excellent information as always. bjg

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