During the past month business at the Larne Shipbuilding Works has been exceedingly brisk, and the carrying out of new orders is still proceeding apace. […] There was launched on the 19th inst one steel motor barge, 70 X 16 X 7 feet, and fitted with 40 BHP Bolinder engines, to consume crude oil. The barge was built to the order of Messrs E Dowley & Sons, Ltd, of Carrick-on-Suir.
[…] The motor engines are installed by Bright’s Patent Pulley Co, Portadown.
Larne Times and Weekly Telegraph
22 February 1913
I don’t have the dimensions of the Big Knocknagow, but 70 X 16 is larger than the Little Knocknagow, so I suspect that this shows that the Big Knock was built in Larne and launched in 1913.
No doubt information about the origins of the Little Knock will turn up at some stage.
Posted in Economic activities, Engineering and construction, Foreign parts, Historical matters, Industrial heritage, Ireland, Irish inland waterways vessels, Suir, waterways
Tagged Bolinder, Bright's Patent Pulley Co, Carrick-on-Suir, Dowley, Knocknagow, Larne, Portadown
My spies tell me that the RTE television programme Nationwide, to be broadcast on Wednesday 13 May 2015 at 7.00pm, will include some material about the River Suir and perhaps some footage of a former tug-barge, the Knocknagow, that plied thereon.
Posted in Economic activities, Extant waterways, Forgotten navigations, Industrial heritage, Irish inland waterways vessels, Natural heritage, Operations, Scenery, Steamers, Suir, The grain trade, waterways, Waterways management
Tagged barge, boats, Carrick-on-Suir, Dowley, Dromaan, Dromineer, Ireland, Knocknagow, Lough Derg, Operations, Shannon, steamer, Suir, Tipperary, tug, vessels, Waterford, waterways, Waterways Ireland, workboat
Some chap from Limerick has been quoted in the Nationalist (Clonmel) as supporting South Tipperary County Council’s proposed taking in charge of the towing-path between Carrick-on-Suir and Clonmel.
And Carrick-on-Suir River Rescue needs help raising funds to buy a premises.
Posted in Ashore, Built heritage, Economic activities, Engineering and construction, Extant waterways, Forgotten navigations, Industrial heritage, Ireland, Irish inland waterways vessels, Irish waterways general, Natural heritage, Operations, People, Restoration and rebuilding, Scenery, Sources, Suir, Tourism, Water sports activities, waterways, Waterways management
Tagged boats, Carrick-on-Suir, Clonmel, floods, flow, Ireland, Knocknagow, Nationalist, Operations, quay, River Rescue, Sir Thomas's bridge, Suir, vessels, waterways, workboat
My dry docks overview page had a bad link in it, which was my fault, but I hope that’s now fixed as the Shannon Harbour dry docks
34B in the dock
page is now up. Comments, corrections and suggestions for improvements and additions will be welcome.
Posted in Extant waterways, Industrial heritage, Irish inland waterways vessels, Irish waterways general, Operations
Tagged 34B, 59M, acro, boats, bridge, canal, dry dock, gate, Grand Canal, grille, Ireland, Knocknagow, lock, loo, Operations, paddle, prop, rack, Shannon, sluice, Swaine, vessels, waterways, Waterways Ireland, winch
This navigation is still used by pleasure boats, notably by the members of the Carrick-on-Suir Boat Club, but its once-busy commercial traffic has largely ceased; the final nail will be hammered in when the new Waterford bypass road-bridge crosses the Suir and prevents tankers from supplying Morris Oil at Fiddown. This account includes some historical material and photos taken on a trip downriver aboard the barge 31B.
I’m referring to it as the middle Suir as there was a horse-drawn navigation upstream from Carrick to Clonmel and of course ships can come up to Waterford from the sea (as well as more interesting vessels from the Nore and the Barrow).
Posted in Extant waterways, Forgotten navigations, Irish inland waterways vessels, Irish waterways general, Operations
Tagged 31B, boats, Carrick-on-Suir, Clodiagh, Dowleys, Fiddown, Ireland, Knocknagow, lost, Morris Oil, Operations, St John's River, Suir, vessels, Waterford, waterways