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Dublin dockyards 1852

Hunt’s Universal Yacht List for 1852 has a small ad from Henry Teall.

Henry Teall,
Ship Builder,
Brunswick Dock Yard and Patent Slip, Dublin

Established 1841

H Teall, begs respectfully to inform the Owners of Yachts, that his Establishment maintains superior facilities for the Building and Repairing of Yachts to any other establishment in Dublin, having always an extensive supply of every requisite in the trade, and employing the best workmen in the port.

It lists these yachts built by Teall:

Brilliant, 8 tons
Rover, 18 tons
Marina, 20 tons
Fairy Queen, 12 tons
Belle, 60 tons
Circe, 20 tons
Trio, 53 tons.

A note on Marina says

This Yacht is of novel construction, the bow being extended sufficiently to set the jib without the bowsprit, giving a much finer entrance as well as allowing more beam.

Our yachting correspondent tells us that Yachts without bowsprits are now becoming common.

Hunt also lists yachts built by George Marchall, Ringsend, Dublin:

Atalanta, 27 tons
Foam, 17 tons
Eagle, 15 tons
Halcyon, 10 tons
Lord of the Isles, 14 tons
Spray, 14 tons
Daring, 17 tons
Kelpie, 18 tons
Swallow, 16 tons
Banshee, 10 tons
Emerald, 10 tons
Water Wyvern, 45 tons
Gipsy, 10 tons
Priestess, 12 tons
Syren, 16 tons
Cormorant, 15 tons
Avenger, 10 tons
Irish Lily, 80 tons

Blarna, Canima and the Liffey Dockyard

Pat Sweeney, in Liffey Ships & Shipbuilding [Mercier Press, Cork 2010], tells us that in December 1960 Cork Harbour Commissioners got permission to raise a loan of £250,000 to build two diesel-powered tenders to carry passengers to and from transatlantic liners moored in Cobh. The tenders were built by the Liffey Dockyard in Dublin; the MV Blarna was launched in May 1961 and her sister MV Cill Airne in February 1962.

After a varied career, the MV Cill Airne is now back on the Liffey as a floating restaurant. Her website says that she and her sister were the last rivetted ships built in Europe; they were the third-last and second-last ships to be built at the Alexandra Basin, the last being the Shannon Navigation’s Coill-an-Eo.

MV Blarna spent much of her life in Bermuda as a party boat named Canimabut then spent ten years in Canada waiting vainly for restoration or conversion and coming to be regarded as an eyesore. That period is now over: the “Millbank eyesore“, the Canima, sank in December 2012 and “salvage may not be an option“.

h/t Niall Galway