The steam ferry barge, the property of Messrs J R Russell and Sons, which plies across the Shannon from Russell’s-quay to Lansdowne spinning mills, and which was got up for the convenience and conveyance of the factory operatives in the employ of the firm, was boarded during last night (Sunday) as she lay at the north side of the river, by some person or persons unknown, and maliciously injured to a considerable extent. She was not only scuttled, but the machinery was broken and some of the gear removed and taken away, so that the barge has become temporarily disabled. Portions of the machinery are said to have been found in the river, where they were thrown by the miscreants. This is the second attempt that has been made to damage this ferry since she was put on the river.
Cork Examiner 27 April 1869
Posted in Extant waterways, Historical matters, Industrial heritage, Ireland, Irish inland waterways vessels, Operations, Passenger traffic, Shannon, Steamers
Tagged barge, ferry, Lansdowne, Limerick, Russell, Shannon, spinning, steam, thug, vandal
The Deel linked the Co Limerick town of Askeaton to the south side of the Shannon Estuary. Here is a page about the navigation and some of its quays. Note that it is a long page with many maps and photos, although they’re all reduced in size to minimise the strain on tinterweb.
Posted in Ashore, Built heritage, Charles Wye Williams, Economic activities, Engineering and construction, Extant waterways, Forgotten navigations, Industrial heritage, Ireland, Irish inland waterways vessels, Natural heritage, Operations, People, Rail, Roads, Sea, shannon estuary, Sources, The turf trade, waterways, Waterways management
Tagged Askeaton, barge, boats, bridge, Deel, estuary, flour, flow, gandelow, Ireland, jetties, Kilrush, Limerick, Massy's, mill, Operations, oyster, pilot, punt gun, quay, Russell, sea-manure, seaweed, Shannon, Shannon Commissioners, steamer, turf, vessels, water level, waterways, weir, wildfowler, workboat
I am indebted to Eleanor Russell for permission to reproduce four photos of the canal operations of Messrs Russells of Portarlington, timber merchants and sawmills operators. They used the Royal and Grand Canals (and the Barrow Line and Mountmellick Branch) to carry timber cut on large estates to their sawmills. One of the estates on which they cut timber was Rockville, and Eleanor Russell has also given me permission to use a photo of Rockville House, taken in 1913, on my page about the Rockville Navigations.
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Tagged Barrow, boats, bridge, canal, Dublin, Grand Canal, horse, Ireland, Kilcock, Liffey, lock, lost, Mountmellick, Odlums, Operations, Portarlington, quay, Rockville, Royal Canal, Russell, sawmills, timber, trackline, tug, vessels, waterways, workboat