See here for a slightly more detailed view from 1847. The third dry dock, at the junction with the main line, is here.
Mallett’s Insistent Pontoon is shown here marked “floating bridge”; the map also shows the drawbridge that featured in the attempted murder of Henry Garnett.
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Tagged Broadstone, drawbridge, dry docks, Mallett's Insistent Pontoon, Royal Canal
BORRISOKEEN, July 14. — The Solicitor-General, Mr Doherty, will arrive here to-morrow for the purpose of investigating the late unfortunate occurrences of this town on the 26th and 28th ultimo. This measure of the Government seems to restore some confidence to the minds of the people. Had this investigation not been granted, no person could calculate on the consequences of the expressed resolution of the peasantry to come into Borrisokeen, in a body of 50,000 or 60,000, to have vengeance for the loss of their relatives and neighbours.
On Saturday last a person named Dagg, a Protestant, residing in Borrisokeen, but who left it on account of the late occurrences, was apprehended at the mountains of Thoreebrien, when the country people held a consultation on the most effectual mode of putting him to death. Disregarding his entreaties and professions of innocence, he was dragged along by about 500 persons, and, on coming to Portumna, they determined to tie his legs to one part and his arms to the other part of the drawbridge across the Shannon, and then open it, that he might be drawn asunder. Fortunately at the time a gentleman from Borrisokeen passed by, and by his interference, with that of the parish priest, the life of the unfortunate man was spared.
Salisbury and Wiltshire Journal 27 July 1829
Newspaper accounts at the time suggest that there was an affray in Borrisokane at the end of the fair. Five mounted police either attacked or attempted to disperse the crowd; stones were thrown; Captain Dobbyn, a Stipendiary Magistrate, read the Riot Act and ordered the police to fire, which they did, killing two people. Two days later, during the funeral of one of those shot, one John L—, an Orangeman, and four companions, fired on the mourners from behind portholes on his house, or sallied forth to fire, killing four immediately and mortally wounding another. There is nothing to suggest that the unfortunate Mr Dagg was in any way involved.
Posted in Ashore, Built heritage, Charles Wye Williams, Economic activities, Engineering and construction, Extant waterways, Historical matters, Ireland, Non-waterway, Operations, People, Politics, Shannon, Steamers, The grain trade
Tagged Borrisokane, Dagg, drawbridge, Portumna, Shannon
… as distinct from ministerial reelection photo opportunities.
By the way, some folk get confused about the location of the Ulster Canal; this map may help:
Saunderson’s Sheugh -v- the Ulster Canal (OSI ~1840)
Anyway, for folk who are interested in weightier matters than ministers talking through portions of their anatomies that they can’t distinguish from their elbows, here is some speculation about opening bridges on the Ulster Canal.
That’s the Ulster Canal Ulster Canal, not the Saunderson’s Sheugh “Ulster Canal”, by the way.
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Tagged bridge, Caledon, canal, Clones, department of arts heritage and the gaeltacht, drawbridge, Erne, Ireland, lifting bridge, lock, Lough Neagh, Monaghan, moveable bridge, opening bridge, Smithboro, Smithborough, steamer, Tynan, Ulster Canal, water level, Waterways Ireland, William Dargan