William Ockenden has been described as a Dutch engineer who worked on three eighteenth century Irish navigations: the Mallow to Lombardstown canal, the Kilkenny/Nore navigation and the Limerick Navigation [Park Canal section], all of them notably unsuccessful.
It seems likely that he was English, not Dutch, but may have lived in Ireland before inheriting property in England. But was he an engineer or a mill-owner and MP? Were there one or two William Ockendens at the time?
Here is some information and some speculation. I would welcome more of the first.
Posted in Built heritage, Canals, Economic activities, Engineering and construction, Extant waterways, Historical matters, Industrial heritage, Ireland, Shannon, waterways, Waterways management
Tagged Blackwater, Kilkenny, Limerick, Lombardstown, Mallow, Nore, Ockenden, Park Canal, Shannon
A gentleman has mooted the propriety of forming a steam-ship canal from Kilkenny to the tidal water of Innistiogue, and he has lodged £400 in the Provincial Bank as a beginning, and as an earnest of his good faith. His name is not given, why we cannot say; but of the fact that the money is actually lodged, we have been assured by the respectable manager of the bank, Andrew M’Kean Esq.
This half anonymous character is to be regretted; and we trust the promoter will not hesitate to announce his name at once, and set the project fairly before the public. Men do business now-a-days with their eyes well open. It is computed that £320000 would be sufficient for the completion of the undertaking. The distance is only thirteen miles. The promoter calls upon eight hundred men in the counties of Kilkenny, Waterford, and Wexford to come forward with £400 each, or else raise the money in £5 shares.
Dublin Evening Packet and Correspondent 27 August 1850 quoting the Kilkenny Journal. From the British Newspaper Archive run by Findmypast Newspaper Archive Limited, in partnership with the British Library.
[NB I have not been able to find any later notice of the development of this proposal. Further information will be welcomed]
Posted in Ashore, Canals, Economic activities, Engineering and construction, Historical matters, Ireland, Non-waterway, Sources, Unbuilt canals, waterways
Tagged canal, Innistiogue, Kilkenny, Nore, Provincial Bank, steam, tidewater
Kilkenny Civil Defence training session on the Shannon
Posted in Economic activities, Engineering and construction, Extant waterways, Ireland, Irish inland waterways vessels, Operations, Shannon, waterways, Waterways management
Tagged boats, Civil Defence, Dromineer, Ireland, Kilkenny, Lough Derg, Operations, rescue, Shannon, vessels, waterways, workboat