Waterways Ireland’s workboat Inis Cealtra

This is a page for anoraks: it has photographs of details of the Inis Cealtra, which joined the Waterways Ireland fleet in 2009. Inis Cealtra is an island on Lough Derg, near Mountshannon, and is also known as Holy Island.

These photos were taken at Portumna, at the head of Lough Derg, on 20 June 2009. The boat was built in Killybegs and sailed (non-stop, in thirty hours) down the west coast of Ireland, up the Shannon estuary to Limerick and through Ardnacrusha Lock to Lough Derg.

The Maritime Journal has a comprehensive description of the vessel and its equipment. My captions below represent my guesses about what some of the features are; if I’ve got anything wrong, or if you spot anything interesting I’ve missed, do please leave a comment at the end of the page and I’ll make the appropriate correction.

Inis Cealtra at Portumna

Inis Cealtra at Portumna

Old and new

Old and new

The stern

The stern

Stern and side rails can be opened

Stern and side rails can be opened

It needs better provision for fenders

It needs better provision for fenders

Looking forward along the port side

Looking forward along the port side

Twin exhausts to port, presumably engine and generator

Twin exhausts to port, presumably engine and generator

Engine-room air intakes

Engine-room air intakes

The workshop is lower than the wheelhouse to allow a view over its roof

The workshop is lower than the wheelhouse to allow a view over its roof

The spud legs are carried on the load-bearing deck

The spud legs are carried on the load-bearing deck

Mizzen mast with navigation lights and camera

Mizzen mast with navigation lights and camera

Ratchet straps and tie-down points

Ratchet straps and tie-down points

Guerra crane and control panel

Guerra crane and control panel

Locked control panel

Locked control panel

Laocoon, beware

Laocoon, beware

Fire hose

Fire hose

The foremast seems to be demountable

The foremast seems to be demountable

The full height of the foremast with lots of lights

The full height of the foremast with lots of lights

Well for access to workshop and toilet

Well for access to workshop and toilet

Manual bilge-pump

Manual bilge-pump

Radar. Is that a liferaft below the mast tripod?

Radar. Is that a liferaft below the mast tripod?

Lifering and wheelhouse door

Lifering and wheelhouse door

Foredeck and anchor winch

Foredeck and anchor winch

Inside the wheelhouse

Inside the wheelhouse

Winch controls to port, manual pump (I think) to starboard

Winch controls to port, manual pump (I think) to starboard

Pusher bow

Pusher bow

Anchor

Anchor

Port side from forward

Port side from forward

Depth markings

Depth markings

Cameras on workshop roof; perhaps aimed at rear deck

Cameras on workshop roof; perhaps aimed at rear deck

Yellow coil

Yellow coil

Towing winch

Towing winch

Bitts

Bitts

Starboard hatch

Starboard hatch

Port hatch

Port hatch

Towing cruciform

Towing cruciform

A traditional touch: tyres

A traditional touch: tyres

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7 responses to “Waterways Ireland’s workboat Inis Cealtra

  1. Laocoon reference. Sea-serpent?

    So the spud legs go down through the capped black tubes when its working. I see now.

  2. Two serpents.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laocoön

    I think you’re right about the capped black tubes (photo “The spud legs are carried on the load-bearing deck”) above. At first I thought the aluminium hatches might be for the spud legs but the Maritime Journal article http://www.maritimejournal.com/archive101/2009/march/vessel_launch/inis_cealtra_to_help_shape_the_shannon mentions a Hercules flush-deck hatch http://www.kortpropulsion.com/hercules_hatches.htm for access to the storage room (it doesn’t mention that there are two hatches on the rear deck).

    bjg

  3. Hi
    A very good article.
    Well done.
    Inis Cealtra and Mountshannon a scond home.
    to me and family.
    Pat
    Limerick

  4. Thanks, Pat.

    You might be interested in my Limerick Navigation pics at http://www.pbase.com/bjg (which will be transferred to this site when I get a chance!). bjg

  5. Nice river work-boat.

    I ran work boats like this in the Houston, Texas area.

  6. Hi Folks
    Question,Are their many workboats with Cummins Engines operating throught Ireland at present

  7. I’m afraid I have no idea how I could even begin to try to answer that question. You might be able to trace sales of parts to dealers or mechanics, but I have no access to that information. Sorry about that. bjg

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