Tank pulling three ton Military truck from the banks of the Liffey

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Where: Stella Lodge, Pigeon House Rd, Dublin 4, Ireland

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When: 01 January 1921

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Note on back reading: "On Saturday 3 huge casks of tobacco were thrown into the Liffey. Yesterday (Sunday) a Military 3 ton lorry endeavored to salve the casks on shore but sunk in the mud. After efforts to try and save the lorry a "Whippet Tank" was dispatched to the rescue."

With thanks to derangedlemur and guliolopez for the extra info on the events before and surrounding this image, we know that this was taken close to the Liffey's South Wall at Ringsend in the latter months of the Irish War of Independence.

Photographer: W. D. Hogan

Collection: Hogan Wilson Collection

Date: 17 May 1921

NLI Ref.: HOG175

You can also view this image, and many thousands of others, on the NLI’s catalogue at catalogue.nli.ie


Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 31/May/2016 21:34:34

    I had this ready to post but I had forgotten that the following related photo had already been posted. Your comments on this photo are still welcome. [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/5729686511/in/album-72157627340243011/]

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    • 01/Jun/2016 09:32:54

    Looks like it's probably down here on Pigeonhouse road maps.osi.ie/publicviewer/#V2,719062,733954,11,9.

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    • 01/Jun/2016 12:31:40

    Presumably that's a pile of the tobacco leaf itself (removed from the barrel) on the slip way?

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    • 01/Jun/2016 13:51:48

    They probably used it to make JP Navy Cut Extra Salty.

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    • 01/Jun/2016 21:28:33

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] Did they not know that flavoured tobacco is on its way to being outlawed? I found this in the Indo from Tuesday 17 May 1921: www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/27127766860/ And this from the Examiner on Monday 16 May 1921: www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/27369909746/

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 01/Jun/2016 22:20:08

    Thanks guys - Map and description updated!

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    • 01/Jun/2016 23:39:08

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medium_Mark_A_Whippet Medium British tank.

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    • 04/Jun/2016 13:06:16

    This site is amazing.The readers are better than professional investigators You give the who,what,when,where,on every picture from every angle,news clipping,old maps,Google maps.Just Incredible!

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 04/Jun/2016 14:13:43

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] Thank you, our contributors are quite amazing.

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    • 07/Jun/2016 21:31:33

    Undignified role for the poor tank, being used as a tractor.

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    Dr. Ilia

    • 14/Jun/2016 08:00:10


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    • 27/Oct/2016 18:19:56

    That is the 100 tonne crane, erected c.1904,across the river,which was near opposite York Rd..This spot is further up, nearby the yacht club/Stella Maris rowing club.I shared the NLI photo, with the latter a few years ago, to ascertain the location.