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
Old and new
Stern and side rails can be opened
It needs better provision for fenders
Looking forward along the port side
Twin exhausts to port, presumably engine and generator
Engine-room air intakes
The workshop is lower than the wheelhouse to allow a view over its roof
The spud legs are carried on the load-bearing deck
Mizzen mast with navigation lights and camera
Ratchet straps and tie-down points
Guerra crane and control panel
Locked control panel
The foremast seems to be demountable
The full height of the foremast with lots of lights
Well for access to workshop and toilet
Radar. Is that a liferaft below the mast tripod?
Lifering and wheelhouse door
Foredeck and anchor winch
Inside the wheelhouse
Winch controls to port, manual pump (I think) to starboard
Port side from forward
Cameras on workshop roof; perhaps aimed at rear deck
A traditional touch: tyres
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