According to the Irish Times of 11 February 2017
Margaret Gaffney was born on Christmas Day 1813, in Tully, Co Leitrim. Five years later, faced with extreme poverty and religious persecution, her parents and the three youngest of their six children, including Margaret, boarded a steamer bound for Boston.
Eoin Butler, the author of the article, provides no details of the vessel, but I hope he will: up to now folk have believed that an American vessel called the Savannah was the first to use steam on any part of the Atlantic crossing, and that was in 1819, the year after Margaret Gaffney’s crossing.
Posted in Economic activities, Engineering and construction, Foreign parts, Historical matters, Ireland, Operations, Passenger traffic, Sea, Steamers
Tagged 1819, Atlantic, Savannah, steamer, steamship
Readers may have realised that I don’t think much of the proposal to restore or rebuild the Ulster Canal. But I have to admit that it is not the most insane canal restoration proposal to have been made in the last few years. Even the restoration of the Strabane Canal doesn’t merit that accolade.
No: the outright winner has to be the Erne Canal proposal. Happily, despite support from Mary Coughlan, TD for the area and Tánaiste (deputy prime minister), the proposal doesn’t seem to have got anywhere.
What do all three of these proposals have in common?
Northsouthery, that’s what.
Posted in Ashore, Economic activities, Extant waterways, Forgotten navigations, Industrial heritage, Irish waterways general, Operations, Restoration and rebuilding
Tagged Atlantic, Ballyshannon, Belleek, canal, Donegal, Erne, Erne Canal, ESB, Fianna Fail, Foyle, Ireland, Mary Coughlan TD, northsouthery, Operations, Strabane, Strabane Canal, Ulster Canal, vessels, waterways, Waterways Ireland