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This Great Western paddle steamer moored close to Waterford makes a fine Poole image to begin the week.

With thanks today to AndyBrii, sharon.corbet, O Mac, beachcomberaustralia and especially ofarrl, we have confirmation of subject, date, and a concrete location for this image. Specifically, it is understood that this is the paddle steamer PS Milford, which operated on the GWR's Milford Haven to Waterford route from 1874. It is pictured on the North Wharf of Waterford, close to Ferrybank - likely later in its career, prior to the ship being broken-up in 1901.

Photographer: A. H. Poole

Collection: Poole Photographic Studio, Waterford

Date: catalogue range ca.1901-1954, but no later than end of 1901

NLI Ref: POOLEWP 0150a

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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    • 21/Mar/2016 08:24:28

    The name corrected (Mi)lford written on its bow.

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    • 21/Mar/2016 08:26:12

    The ship's name ends in "-lford" which may make it the PS Milford which was scrapped in 1901.

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    O Mac

    • 21/Mar/2016 08:59:47

    She was a Great Western Railway ship. One of three paddle steamers ordered from William Simons & Co. of Renfrew in 1873. She was badly damaged in a storm and broken up in 1901. PS Waterford and PS Limerick were sister ships. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Western_Railway_ships

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    • 21/Mar/2016 09:03:55

    There's a reverse view, but it's hard to see much as the ship is in the way.

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    • 21/Mar/2016 12:52:52

    Fabulous old photograph of the paddle steamer!

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    • 21/Mar/2016 13:32:30

    The steamer is moored at Waterford's North Wharf. The buildings visible in the background were originally part of White's shipyard This is her sister ship Waterford Paddle steamer Waterford

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    • 21/Mar/2016 14:52:19

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/33577523@N08 Are you sure? It's a plausible spot, being right beside the railway, though according to some page on the history of Waterford that I found, they actually docked on Adelphi Quay, but it doesn't look much like it. There's no sign of the cliffs in the photo, and no sign of the big house in streetview.

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    • 21/Mar/2016 15:19:59

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/8468254@N02/] Yes, it's definitely the North wharf, just downstream of the bridge and a little upstream of where the old flourmills are. The GWR had a terminal at the North wharf where their vessels also docked. The big house and the other buildings that were part of Whites are long gone unfortunately and the cliffs you mention would be to the left of where the photo was taken, nearer the railway station. This is one of my dad's photos, you can see the big house on the right, it was demolished sometime in the 1960's I believe. Westfal-Larsen ship Eidanger at Waterford

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    • 21/Mar/2016 15:56:36

    I had no idea they were making paddle steamers so late in the 19th century. Fascinating, and a beautiful ship too.

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    • 21/Mar/2016 16:17:35

    In the Wikipedia article that [https://www.flickr.com/photos/129555378@N07] links is this statement:

    "On 22 July 1874 she ran down an unknown vessel off St Ann’s head during a voyage from Waterford to New Milford"
    I gathered that "ran down" meant "rammed/destroyed", but wanted to know more, so extracted the newspaper article. Below. Seems interesting to me that the inquiry took place in Milford Haven rather than at Waterford (where presumably the vessel "ran down" was known to someone...) I guess it's down to where registered however. www.flickr.com/photos/20727502@N00/25868624411/

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    Gerard Knight

    • 21/Mar/2016 16:22:02

    What a beauty

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    • 21/Mar/2016 20:37:08

    Somewhere about here? Streetview - goo.gl/maps/ryPt9M8rthy . The white house in the trees is still there, called Sion Lodge according to the 25" map. The house behind the ship is Ferrybank House. OSI - maps.osi.ie/publicviewer/#V2,660844,612950,11,9

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    • 21/Mar/2016 21:05:54

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia/] It would have been to the left of the 3 story office building in the streetview. but the house in the photo above is not Ferrybank House, that would have been a little further down river about where the old flour mills are. View from the Ferrybank side, White's shipyard was here with the large house to the right of the offices. goo.gl/maps/SVZZe3hmoHA2.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 21/Mar/2016 21:12:42

    Excellent. Thanks so much all. Our location map of the Waterford Quays is already closely dotted with location pins, but we've tried to squeeze-in one more close to the vantage point suggested. We've also hopefully summarised some of the other learnings in the description and tags. Fantastic insight as usual, and great to have similar shots from https://www.flickr.com/photos/33577523@N08's family collection. Much appreciated!

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    O Mac

    • 21/Mar/2016 21:36:40

    This is the white house on the 25" OSI.. the building to the right sticks out a wee bit beyond it as in the photograph above. I noticed in later photographs that the building with the chimney stack had it's pitched roofed replaced with a water tank.,,complete with wind pump catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000334539

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    • 21/Mar/2016 22:36:52

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/91549360@N03/] That's the correct location. The building with the chimney stack was originally the blacksmith's workshop at White's shipyard according to Bill Irish in his excellent book Shipbuilding in Waterford 1820-1882. This is a photo from around 1920 that gives a better idea of location. Waterford Quay