Here are some of the wooden boats to be seen on or near the Irish inland waterways. You might also be interested in my page on wooden boats photographed at Lowtown (a junction on the Grand Canal) and in that on traditional boats and replicas; there are some newer photos (2010–2012) here.
If you know the names or types of any of the unidentified boats, or can suggest any other boats that should be included, please leave a Comment using the form at the bottom of the page.
Update September 2017
Update 7 October 2010
Here are some links to information about a boat that was once based on Lough Derg, in the same ownership as Sunbeam:
Sereia history (note links to pages on restoration and photos)
And here are some additions.
Here, courtesy of former owner Michael Gill, are three photos of Argent Brach taken at Hodson Bay in October 2004.
Update 5 May 2010
I’ve added a small batch of wooden boats at the bottom of the page. In several cases I have no names or other information, so I would welcome Comments that fill the gaps.
Update 15 October 2009
Added some more information on boat types, thanks to visitors to the site who have been able to identify them. I suspect I’ll eventually have to reorganise these and the Lowtown photos, organising them not by where they were photographed but by builder and type (where they are known) and perhaps by location for the others.
Update 22 September 2009
Added photos of Nadia at Hazelhatch.
Update 7 September 2009
There are some minor changes below, but the major change is the addition of a new page of wooden boats at Lowtown.
I am grateful to Craig Slawson, who runs an excellent website about Norfolk Broads boats, for identifying several of these boats. There are more enthusiasts on the Vintage Wooden Boat Association website.
Update 23 July 2009
One boat name added (thanks to GW) as well as fourteen photos of seven more boats. The new photos are at the bottom of the page, below the Shannon One-Design.
Update 22 June 2009
Identified Lady Josephine (and added some photos); added an extra photo of Christine; added boats Delight, Julie Dinah, Scallywag. St Mochua and three others without names. All except the smallest boat were photographed at Shannon Harbour on 20 June 2009; the exception was at Connaught Harbour, Portumna, on the same day.
Emina afloat at Portumna on Lough Derg. According to Ian Clarke, Emina is an ARC Marine Everyman
A few years later, Emina lies rotting in a field near Cloondavaun on Lough Derg
La Vague disintegrating in a field at Rathangan some years ago
Golden Hours in Athlone after restoration
Julie Dinah at Shannon Harbour June 2009
Unidentified wooden boat, with extension, at Connaught Harbour June 2009
Java (really a sea boat) in Grand Canal Docks, Dublin
Beal na Blath at Shannon Harbour
Lady Inez in Carrick-on-Shannon
Scallywag at Shannon Harbour June 2009
Winter Solstice in Enniskillen on the Erne
Vinegar Hill at Shannon Harbour
Malagas at Killaloe heading for Limerick
Seagull at Quivvy on Lough Erne
Flynn, a Rampart 30 built in about 1957, and therefore an older sister to Winter Solstice (above), at Dromaan on Lough Derg (identification courtesy of JG)
Catherine B at Shannon Harbour. Craig Slawson identifies this as an ex-Felicity: see W192 on his Norfolk Broads boats website.
Wooden narrow cruiser above Lock 24 on the Grand Canal
Delight at Shannon Harbour June 2009. She is a sister-ship of Hein Goodewind (see below) and of the ex-Joy Line boat being restored at Lowtown
Fortuna at Lock 22 on the Grand Canal
Jemmy X at Shannon Harbour
Unidentified wooden boat at Hazelhatch
Scalpa at Shannon Harbour June 2009. Being renovated. Nice lines. I wonder what it was originally
Scalpa from the rear. See Mark Maguire’s comment below
Clorina at Lock 34 on the Grand Canal
Trasna on Lough Erne
Lady Josephine at Shannon Harbour. Said to have been a hire-boat on the Norfolk Broads, and then on the Grand Canal (perhaps at Lowtown in Ted Barrett’s fleet?) as Wavelet 2
Lady Josephine bows on
The owner hard at work on a hot day. I know they’re a lot of work, but it is nice to see a wooden boat being maintained: there are so many at Shannon Harbour that seem to have been left to rot …
… or to sink
Marlou at Dromod
Scallywag at Robertstown on the Grand Canal (identification courtesy of GW)
St Mochua at Shannon Harbour June 2009
Trindle at Lowtown on the Grand Canal. By 2009, Trindle had become an Artwork; see the Lowtown page
Harklow filling its water tanks at Connaught Harbour, Portumna, June 2009
Dunbrody and cruiser in Waterford
Wooden boat at Carrybridge on Lough Erne
Vicki May in Grand Canal Docks, Dublin
The long, elegant boat Christine at Shannon Harbour
Christine through the bridge at Shannon Harbour
Christine from the bridge
Cirrus and Glare of Light at the filter beds on the Grand Canal. Craig Slawson said: “Glare of Light was almost certainly the ex-Broads boat of the same name – it was quite common to create the long windows in the bows by joining up pairs of portholes and the cockpit is definitely a new addition.” The boat later sank at Shannon Harbour and was broken up.
Cirrus at Shannon Harbour
Unidentified wooden boat at Shannon Harbour
Arabella at Lough Derg Yacht Club
Unidentified cruiser at Shannon Harbour
Wooden sailing boat at Kincora. Mat Gravener says this is a a Dauntless, a centreboarder built in Essex
Gamebird at the Corrib Rowing and Yacht Club, Galway
Another unidentified boat at Shannon Harbour
Koala at Corrib Rowing and Yacht Club. The yellow thing is a hoist, not the boat’s mast
Draiocht at Shannon Sailing, Dromineer, Lough Derg. Mat Gravener says it’s “one of the Lone Gull class, designed by the late, great Maurice Griffiths,” and I recall that the owner did say that it was a Griffiths design.
Rona at Kincora on Lough Derg
Former lighthouse tender at Dromaan …
… with Lister engine
MV Maeve, the half-decker in which Tony Gallagher (pictured) runs highly recommended trips on the Munster Blackwater
A Shannon One Design (SOD) on Lough Ree
Muireann (seen at Tarmonbarry)
Hein Goodewind in Killaloe 1. It is said to have damaged a plank by hitting the weir protection pontoon in Limerick
Hein Goodewind in Killaloe 2. This is an ex-Joy Line (Ted Barrett) hire boat
Hein Goodewind in Killaloe 3. She is a sister-ship of Delight
Hein Goodewind at Shannonbridge. She was probably B74 on the Norfolk Broads before coming to Ireland
Lady B in Dromod 1
Lady B in Dromod 2
Unnamed boat at Portrunny 1
Unnamed boat at Portrunny 2
Perfect Dawn in Athlone (being driven by SOR) 1. Craig Slawson says she is a Dawncraft, a sister-ship to Crimson Dawn (B695) on his database. See Sean O’Reilly’s Comment (below) giving more information about the history of this boat and see here for the relaunch.
Perfect Dawn in Athlone (being driven by SOR) 2
Derrvea (ex Argent Brach) in Athlone 1
Yala at Meelick 1
Yala at Meelick 2
Update 5 May 2010
Some more wooden boats. Several are unidentified so I would welcome information: please leave a Comment below.