The gun boats — extraordinary affair
From our own correspondent, Dublin, Dec 11
You may remember a statement I sent last week, respecting the arrival of the Penelope war steamer, with six gun-boats of formidable calibre, which were sent down by the Grand Canal to Banagher, in order to guard the pass across the Shannon between Leinster and Connaught. A letter which I have seen this morning, from that place, announced that the gun-boats reached their destination, but, strange to say, no one can be induced to come forward and take charge of them. All persons in authority, who had been applied to, disavowed all responsibility regarding them; and an application has been made to the Castle on the subject, to ascertain what is to be done with these formidable gun-boats. The wisest course would be to take them back to the dock-yard from whence they have been imported.
Morning Chronicle 13 December 1843
Posted in Canals, Extant waterways, Historical matters, Ireland, Irish inland waterways vessels, Operations, Shannon, Steamers, waterways
Tagged Banagher, Grand Canal, gunboat, Penelope, Shannon, steamer
From the Newcastle Courant 8 December 1843:
WARLIKE PREPARATIONS. — The Penelope steam-frigate has arrived in Kingstown harbour, loaded almost to the water’s edge with large gun-boats. They are intended for the Upper [ie non-tidal] Shannon, and the large lakes formed by that river in its progress towards the lower branch. A considerable number of persons were collected on the banks of the canal to witness their being towed to Portobello from the basin at Ringsend. They are immense boats, with great beam, capable of carrying two guns, and accommodating a large body of men. They are double banked, and each pulled by twelve rowers. As floating batteries they are most formidable, and furnish an important, as well as a novel, addition to the armament already existing in this country.
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