Two interesting PDF documents available on this page:
No mention of Saunderson’s Sheugh, but I suppose dredging of the River Finn is proceeding.
Posted in Ashore, Built heritage, Canals, Economic activities, Engineering and construction, Extant waterways, Foreign parts, Industrial heritage, Ireland, Irish waterways general, Operations, Restoration and rebuilding, Shannon, waterways, Waterways management
Tagged Bann, Barrow, boats, canal, Erne, Ireland, lock, Lough Derg, Operations, quay, Royal Canal, Shannon, Tarmonbarry, Ulster Canal, Waterways Ireland, weir, workboat
A new workboat in Grand Canal Docks.
Posted in Canals, Economic activities, Extant waterways, Ireland, Irish inland waterways vessels, Operations, People, Sources, waterways, Waterways management
Tagged barge, boats, bridge, canal, Dublin, Grand Canal, Ireland, office, Operations, Ringsend, vessels, Waterways Ireland, workboat
Heading down the estuary past Shannon Airport
Working in Limerick
Almost as much kit as WI’s Swiss Army Knife
The big crane, though, is not part of the kit
Great view from the cab … er, wheelhouse
Limerick in the background
Shannon 1’s predecessor Curraghgour II
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Tagged boats, Curraghgour II, estuary, Ireland, Limerick, Shannon, Shannon 1, Shannon Foynes Port Company, vessels, waterways, workboat
Drainage and Navigation Works: Construction of dredging machinery
The Commissioners having authorized the purchase of one of the iron dredgers used in the execution of the Shannon works, and then on that river at Athlone, the operation of removing her to Galway was commenced on 1st of March.
This was effected by first clearing her of all machinery, and then cutting up the hull or shell into pieces suited for carriage by land, in which manner every portion of her was removed to Galway.
In reconstructing this boat, considerable improvement and thorough repairs have been effected. A flat iron plate, three-fourths of an inch thick, has been substituted for the hollow iron keel, which lightens her draft of water five inches without any diminution of her steadiness, and an alteration of the position of the steam-pipes has been judiciously arranged. The keelsons were pieced, and whenever any materials were unsound they have been replaced.
The time occupied in the breaking up, transfer, and reconstruction of this dreder, weighing 200 tons, was five months and eleven days, and the whole work was executed at a cost of £803/8/11.
Four scows or decked barges have been constructed for the conveyance of the material raised by the dredger to spoil. Two of these boats are capable of carrying 30 tons, and the other two 45 tons.
Extract from the Annual Report of Mr S U Roberts CE, District Engineer for the year 1851 in Twentieth Report of the Commissioners of Public Works 1852
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Tagged Athlone, barge, Board of Works, boats, Commissioners of Public Works, Corrib, Galway, Ireland, iron, Operations, S U Roberts, scow, Shannon, steam dredger, waterways, workboat
From Google’s Ngram viewer (more here):
[Sorry, Google: couldn’t get the embedding to work properly. WordPress’s whitelist omits Google, though maps seem to work OK. Here’s the original.]
The growth in the use of “Heritage” with an initial capital is particularly interesting. I can think of three possible reasons:
- that more organisations, eg The Heritage Council, use the word in their titles
- that the word is increasingly used as an abstract noun at the start of sentences like “Heritage is important”
- that the word is increasingly used as an attributive adjective at the start of sentences like “Heritage apples should be preserved”.
Traditional, personal uses (like “My heritage from my ancestors …”) are, I think, less likely to require initial capital letters. That in turn might suggest that Google’s Ngram viewer is reflecting a new(ish) set of meanings for the word and might lead us to ask what that new(ish) usage is (or was) intended to achieve.
It might also lead us to ask whether an even newer concept might now be more useful: one that would dissuade well-meaning folk from preserving and displaying context-free old tat and persuade them to find and record information instead.
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Tagged barge, boats, bridge, canal, department of arts heritage and the gaeltacht, Dublin, Grand Canal, Grand Canal Dock, Ireland, lock, lost, Naomh Eanna, Operations, Ringsend, Shannon, steamer, vessels, workboat