The first battalion Grenadier Guards, upwards of 700 strong, commanded by Lieut-Col Barclay, arrived here on Thursday last, from Dublin, and have since proceeded by canal, in Messrs Pickford’s fly-boats, to London.
Gore’s Liverpool General Advertiser
14 August 1823
Posted in Canals, Extant waterways, Foreign parts, Ireland, Passenger traffic, Sea
Tagged canal, Dublin, fly-boat, Grenadier Guards, Liverpool, London, Pickford, soldiers
I came across a quiz I compiled in 2004 for the Athy Water Festival. Q6 no longer applies and I can’t guarantee that all of the others are still true, but here is it anyway.
- What is the taste of the town where a doleful damsel laments her armless boneless chickenless egg?
- What armless legless Barrow man did not have to be put out with a bowl to beg but was an enlightened landlord, “a Member of Parliament, Lord Lieutenant of the County Carlow, Member of the Privy Council of Ireland, magistrate, world traveller, yachtsman, sometime dispatch rider in the East India service, crack shot, keen fisherman” and “a terror with the ladies”?
- What are the names of the aqueducts immediately above and below Vicarstown?
- What is the only Barrow lock with no corresponding weir?
- Where did the now-derelict canal branch from Monasterevan go to?
- What beer is named after a Barrow saint? [Carlow Brewing Company used to have a red ale named St Moling’s]
- How many bollards are there on each side of Lock 28 on the Barrow Line? [Maybe the number has changed since 2004]
- What is the name of the double lock on the Barrow?
- “A swan goes by head low with many apologies
Fantastic light looks through the eyes of bridges
And look! a barge comes bringing from Athy
And other far-flung towns mythologies.” Said who?
- What two rivers enter the Barrow between Maganey and Bestfield Locks?
Tie-breaker: (a) Who composed “Five Locks on the Barrow”? (b) What are the five locks?
Leave your answers in the Comments below (if you like).
Here is the latest in the Canal & River Trust’s series of soundscapes, this one based at Glasson. No, not Glasson near Lough Ree: this Glasson is at the seaward end of a branch of the Lancaster Canal. More info here.
And if that’s not enough, here’s a video visit to the Foxton Locks while they’re drained for repairs.
h/t (a) our HNC correspondent and (b) Jonathan Calder.
The Liffey in 1846, cropped from a panorama published in the Illustrated London News on 6 June 1846.
Posted in Ashore, Built heritage, Canals, Economic activities, Engineering and construction, Extant waterways, Historical matters, Industrial heritage, Ireland, Operations, Rail, Roads, Sea, Sources
Tagged 1846, Dublin, Liffey, panorama
The proposed Grand Canal Museum.
h/t Tyler Cowen
Looking towards Clondra Lock.
Posted in Built heritage, Canals, Economic activities, Engineering and construction, Extant waterways, Historical matters, Industrial heritage, Ireland, Shannon, waterways
Tagged bridge, Camlin, canal, Clondra, lock, Royal Canal, Shannon, Tarmonbarry