Concrete boats and barges

The latest issue of the [UK] Boat Museum Society‘s Waterways Journal, Violume 16, contains a very interesting article on “Concrete Boats and Barges” by the Rev David Long; several of the hulls are in Ireland. There are also articles on the restoration of a wooden coal-carrying Box Boat and on the carrying firm of Richard Abel & Sons of Runcorn and Liverpool, as well as a splendidly iconoclastic piece by Joseph Boughey on Robert Aickman, a founder of the [UK] Inland Waterways Association. [Non-hagiographic accounts of the history of the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland have yet to be written.]

It is not easy for folk without sterling bank accounts to buy copies of its Journal from the Boat Museum Society, but I have bought issues in the past from The Canal Shop [Vol 16 has not yet been listed at time of writing] and no doubt there are other sources too.

4 responses to “Concrete boats and barges

  1. As often, you prompt me to Google for more info. That turns up a world war I vessel on the Moy, near Ballina, the ss Creteboom, a former tug.

    According to Noel O’Neill of the Mayo Historical and Archaeological Society “in 1937, the hulk was sold on to the Ballina Harbour Commissioners, who had her towed to the river Moy. The Commissioner’s plan was to use her as a sand-stop, but the Moy Fishery Co. threatened legal action, fearing the plan would interfere with the run of salmon into the river. This complication, and the eventual outbreak of W.W.2, caused the work to be abandoned. The hulk, having been there since Sept 22nd 1937, is now a familiar sight on the river, and a constant source of wonder to visitors” http://www.castlebar.ie/news/mhas-20040118.shtml

    A Google on ss Creteboom finds lots of pictures.

    Antoin Daltun

    From: Irish waterways history

    Sent: Monday, April 28, 2014 1:34 PM To: adaltun@eircom.net Subject: [New post] Concrete boats and barges

    bjg posted: “The latest issue of the [UK] Boat Museum Society’s Waterways Journal, Violume 16, contains a very interesting article on “Concrete Boats and Barges” by the Rev David Long; several of the hulls are in Ireland. There are also articles on the restoration of “

  2. Antoin: Creteboom is one of those mentioned by David Long, as are the two [Cretegaff, Cretefield] in Carlingford. Here’s Cretegaff in 2007.

    Cretegaff at Carlingford 2007

    Four others were built in Warrenpoint.

    Wi aa guid wushes, as Waterways Ireland says on its compliments slips …. bjg

  3. PS David Long recommends this site. bjg

  4. Lovely site. Love seeing the pictures of the concrete boats being a bit of a concrete man myself I find it fascinating. [URL deleted] is my own business but interested in all subjects concrete of course.

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