On Wednesday, a melancholy accident, attended with the loss of nine lives, occurred on Lough Derg, on the Upper [ie non-tidal] Shannon, by the upsetting of a boat in its passage across the lake from Williamstown to Dromineer. The nine men were jobbers, six of them belonging to Nenagh, and three to Cork, and were returning from a fair in the county Galway.
The accident is said to have been owing to their having carried two cows with them yoked to the boat, one of which, having burst the ties that confined it, became unmanageable, and in a few minutes the boat being upset, all on board were engulphed in the deep.
The Warder and Dublin Weekly Mail 3 March 1849, quoting Limerick Reporter
Posted in Economic activities, Historical matters, Ireland, Irish inland waterways vessels, Operations, Passenger traffic, Safety, Shannon, The cattle trade, waterways
Tagged cattle, Clare, Cork, cows, Dromineer, drowned, Galway, Lough Derg, Nenagh, Shannon, Tipperary, Williamstown
The horse’s journey (OSI 6″ ~1840)
A horse and car fell in at the lower lock of the Canal this day — passed rapidly down by the flood-gates, under Baal’s Bridge, between the Malls, under the new Bridge, by the Custom-house, where a row boat came to the rescue, and the poor struggling animal was secured by the boatmen, who cut the harness, and brought him safe to shore to Arthur’s-quay, where hundreds were assembled to behold the horse again on terra firma.
Limerick Chronicle 13 December 1845
Posted in Extant waterways, Historical matters, Ireland, Safety, Shannon, waterways
Tagged Abbey River, Arthur's Quay, Baal's Bridge, Custom House, Ducart, horse, Limerick, Nw Bridge
Sunday last, as a small boat, in which were four boys, was passing between Baal’s Bridge and the New Bridge, it suddenly upset, and the boys were in imminent danger, struggling in the water; two of them clung to the wooden pillars of the temporary bridge, and held on until a boat, belonging to Poole Gabbett Esq, came to their assistance, and picked them up. The others would have been carried off by the tide but for a man named Frawley, who rushed into the riber with his clothes on, and at the risk of his life, succeeded in bringing them safe on shore.
Limerick Chronicle 18 June 1845
Posted in Extant waterways, Historical matters, Ireland, People, Safety, Shannon
Tagged Abbey River, Baal's Bridge, Frawley, Limerick, Mathew Bridge, New Bridge, Poole Gabbett, Shannon
On Friday, as “the Archer”, Grand Canal passage [passenger] boat, was proceeding from Dublin, Miss Gibson, of Parsonstown, one of the passengers, fell from the landing place, leading to the state cabin, into the canal, between the 11th and 12th locks. The boat was going rapidly at the time, and the lady was whirled under the water, and would inevitably have been drowned, but for the heroic decision of a young gentleman, son of Captain Brennan, of Strangford, county of Down, who instantly jumped from on board, and with the assistance of the master of the boat, and a countryman, rescued her from her impending fate.
Limerick Chronicle 28 May 1834
The Archer, built in 1805, was sold in 1834, according to the list of passage boats in Ruth Delany The Grand Canal of Ireland David & Charles, Newton Abbot 1973.
Posted in Canals, Extant waterways, Historical matters, Ireland, Irish inland waterways vessels, Operations, Passenger traffic, People, Safety
Tagged Archer, Brennan, Gibson, Grand Canal
The Limerick Advertiser states, that whilst a funeral was lately passing from the shore to a small island [presumably Inis Cealtra, Holy Island] in the great Lough above Killaloe, the friends and relatives of the deceased having thought the ice sufficiently strong to carry the corpse across, it unfortunately broke, and the remains of the deceased were precipitated into the water, and a number of people, who were conveying the corpse, fell in and perished.
Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette
3 February 1820
Posted in Extant waterways, Historical matters, Ireland, Safety, Shannon, Weather
Tagged corpse, funeral, Holy Island, ice, Inis Cealtra, Lough Derg
Perhaps you’ve noticed an outbreak of strange stickers on Shannon hireboats, proclaiming that the river is “Ireland’s mystical waterway”. Cynics will dismiss this as just more marketing bollocks, in this case associated with the claim that the Shannon, which is in the middle of Ireland, is part of something called “Ireland’s Ancient East“. I do wish that, when marketing dudes get these brainwaves, they’d keep them to themselves.
But wait! What if we’re all wrong? What if the Shannon really is a mystical waterway? After all, wasn’t there recently a miracle in Athlone?
Mind you, you may need an encounter with spirits yourself after reading that lot: the spirits that come in 70cl bottles.
Posted in Economic activities, Extant waterways, Ireland, Irish inland waterways vessels, Modern matters, Operations, Safety, Shannon, Waterways management
Tagged . miracle, Athlone, marketing bollocks, mystical waterway, Shannon, spirits
Shannon–Erne Waterway marker August 2018
One side of the marker is intended to be white, the other red. But which is which?
According to the Met Éireann inland lakes forecast [are there outland lakes?], Lough Derg is currently experiencing southerly winds of Force 3 or 4.
According to Windguru, it’s F4 but with gusts to F6 or F7. XCWeather agreed on F4 gusting F6; Windy says F4 gusting F7.
Messrs Windguru, XCWeather and Windy seem to be closer to reality than Met Éireann. It may be forecasting the base or average wind speed, but anyone going out there now, based on a forecast of F4, is going to be seriously discommoded.