On the morning of the day on which I left Limerick, a truly melancholy and fatal accident occurred. Just as the steamer which starts every morning for Kilrush and Kilkee, was in the act of leaving the quay, a car was seen to approach very rapidly to the station, from which the vessel had just begun to move. Planks are not used at these quays, the water being sufficiently deep to admit of the steamer lying so close as to enable the passengers to step off from the quay on board the vessel.
A fine young man jumped off the car, and took a female who was on the opposite side in his arms, and ran with her to the packet, and had just succeeded in placing her feet in the side of the boat. In order to get her safely aboard he had to push her forward, and by this means accomplished the object he had in view. But alas! in achieving so much for her, he lost himself; for at this moment the packet moved off, and it became impossible for him to reach her; while the efforts he had previously made to get the lady on board occasioned him to stretch so far forward that it was equally impossible for him to recover his upright position on the quay. The consequence was that he fell between the quay and the steamer, and, as it was supposed, was struck by a revolution of the paddle, for he never rose.
What must have been the feelings of the poor female in witnessing the sudden and melancholy death of her gallant preserver? She was in delicate health, and was about to proceed to Kilkee for the benefit of sea-bathing, when this awfully heartrending event took place, which deprived her of him who was her darling and her pride; for alas! he was her son.
Thomas Lacy Home Sketches, on both sides of the channel, being a diary Hamilton, Adams, & Co, London; W H Smith & Co, London; McGlashan, Dublin, 1852
Date of event (deduced) Wednesday 28 August 1850
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Two interesting PDF documents available on this page:
No mention of Saunderson’s Sheugh, but I suppose dredging of the River Finn is proceeding.
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Here is a small amount of information about Belturbet and some of its industrial heritage. The photos were taken on a brief visit in July 2011.
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Tagged barge, Belturbet, boats, Castle Saunderson, Cavan, distillery, Erne, flow, Ireland, Kilconny, quay, steamer, Ulster Canal, waterways, Waterways Ireland, weir
Folk interested in the history of the Shannon Navigation, and in particular in the work of the Shannon Commissioners in the 1840s, may like to get hold of an article “Steam, the Shannon and the Great British breakfast”, published in the Journal of the Railway & Canal Historical Society Vol 38 Part 4 No 222 March 2015.
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Tagged Athlone, barge, boats, bridge, canal, Clare, Dublin, estuary, Fergus, Grand Canal, Ireland, Killaloe, Kilrush, Limerick, lock, Lough Derg, O'Briensbridge, Operations, quay, Royal Canal, Shannon, steamer, Tipperary, turf, waterways
If you enjoyed the account of the 1851 cot race at Plassey, you might also like to read about the 1850 regatta at Killaloe.
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Tagged Ballyvalley, Béal Ború, boats, canal, Clare, cot, Friar's Island, Ireland, Killaloe, Kincora, Limerick, lock, Lough Derg, Pierhead, pole, quay, rapids, Shannon, steamer, vessels, Waterways Ireland