On Wednesday, a melancholy accident, attended with the loss of nine lives, occurred on Lough Derg, on the Upper [ie non-tidal] Shannon, by the upsetting of a boat in its passage across the lake from Williamstown to Dromineer. The nine men were jobbers, six of them belonging to Nenagh, and three to Cork, and were returning from a fair in the county Galway.
The accident is said to have been owing to their having carried two cows with them yoked to the boat, one of which, having burst the ties that confined it, became unmanageable, and in a few minutes the boat being upset, all on board were engulphed in the deep.
The Warder and Dublin Weekly Mail 3 March 1849, quoting Limerick Reporter
Posted in Economic activities, Historical matters, Ireland, Irish inland waterways vessels, Operations, Passenger traffic, Safety, Shannon, The cattle trade, waterways
Tagged cattle, Clare, Cork, cows, Dromineer, drowned, Galway, Lough Derg, Nenagh, Shannon, Tipperary, Williamstown
Several complaints having been made to the Mayor, that respectable persons are debarred from walking on THE BANKS OF THE CANAL, THE PUBLIC WALKS ON THE RIVER AND THE QUAYS, in consequence of Men BATHING there, and thus INDECENTLY EXPOSING THEIR PERSONS, which, being an OFFENCE INDICTABLE AT COMMON LAW, any PERSONS found BATHING for the future in ANY PLACE OF PUBLIC RESORT will be PROSECUTED; and any PERSONS AGGRIEVED by such INDELICATE EXPOSURE OF PERSONS will, upon application to the Mayor, obtain every redress.
Mayor’s Office, Exchange, Limerick
Limerick Chronicle 10 July 1839
Posted in Ashore, Canals, Extant waterways, Historical matters, Irish waterways general, People, Shannon, Water sports activities, Waterways management
Tagged bathing, canal, indecent exposure, Limerick, mayor, Shannon
Sunday last, as a small boat, in which were four boys, was passing between Baal’s Bridge and the New Bridge, it suddenly upset, and the boys were in imminent danger, struggling in the water; two of them clung to the wooden pillars of the temporary bridge, and held on until a boat, belonging to Poole Gabbett Esq, came to their assistance, and picked them up. The others would have been carried off by the tide but for a man named Frawley, who rushed into the riber with his clothes on, and at the risk of his life, succeeded in bringing them safe on shore.
Limerick Chronicle 18 June 1845
Posted in Extant waterways, Historical matters, Ireland, People, Safety, Shannon
Tagged Abbey River, Baal's Bridge, Frawley, Limerick, Mathew Bridge, New Bridge, Poole Gabbett, Shannon
The shortage of water for the Royal Canal has been covered a few times on these pages with pieces about its feeders in general, the Lough Owel feeder in particular and the proposed replacement supply from Lough Ennell. Last I heard, the Lough Ennell proposal had become a matter for Irish Water rather than for the local authority, which sent the whole thing back to the drawing-board but if, Gentle Reader, you have more recent information, do please leave a Comment below.
A recent post about the inadequacy of back-pumping from the Inny led to a discussion in the Comments, from which it became plain that the Lough Owel feeder was well below normal levels and that the water supply to Mullingar, never mind that to the canal, was seriously inadequate. I was prompted to suggest that one of these might be the best type of boat for the Royal.
But I see from the blatts that the seventh cavalry, in the shape of Irish Water (whistling Garryowen, of course), intends to take water from Lough Ree to supply Athlone, Mullingar and Moate.
Perhaps there will be some to spare for the Royal Canal.
Posted in Ashore, Built heritage, Canals, Economic activities, Engineering and construction, Extant waterways, Industrial heritage, Ireland, Modern matters, Operations, Shannon, waterways, Waterways management
Tagged Garryowen, irish water, Lough Owel, Lough Ree, Mullingar, Royal Canal, Shannon, water
Some new items about early carrying on the Grand Canal or by the Grand Canal Company.
Posted in Canals, Charles Wye Williams, Economic activities, Engineering and construction, Extant waterways, Historical matters, Industrial heritage, Ireland, Irish inland waterways vessels, Operations, People, Sea, Shannon, shannon estuary, The cattle trade, The grain trade, waterways, Waterways management
Tagged Barrow, farming repository, Grand Canal, Shannon