Reflection of a Dredger for Mr. Friel of Newtown

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Where: Waterford, Ireland

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When: 07 November 1923

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A Poole commission for a Mr. Friel of Newtown shows a dredger on a river during a flat calm. If it is in Waterford, which we suspect it is, then this would have been at the top of the tide and close to the quays?

With confirmation (never really in doubt) that this is Waterford's quays, and with a relatively likely date range, the main unknowns here were the subject of the photo (the steam ship) and the person who commissioned the image. The latter, Mr William Friel, was apparently the engineer of the Waterford Harbour Commissioners. And, not only did he commission this image of the vessel, he effectively commissioned the ship itself. The SS Portlairge was seemingly commissioned in 1907, and built by the Dublin Dockyward Company - with supervision from Mr Friel. Operating in the port for more than 70 years, it was one of the longest serving stream dredgers anywhere on these islands. While there were apparently plans to use it as a museum ship, its hulk lies in the shallows "just around the corner" from the harbour in which it worked for so long - in Bannow Bay.


Photographer: A. H. Poole

Collection: Poole Photographic Studio , Waterford

Date: c.7 November 1923

NLI Ref: POOLEWP 3137

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    Niall McAuley

    • 09/Jul/2018 07:23:17

    It is Waterford, looking across at Ferrybank, let's see if I can get a photosphere from Google to link correctly.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 09/Jul/2018 07:31:43

    Google gets a hit on Facebook (my efforts to link there unsuccessful) to a 2015 talk by Sonny Condon to the Waterford Archaeological & Historical Society: This lecture will be on the famous SS portlairge, a steam Dredger built in 1907 in Dublin. The Portlairge Dredged the port of Waterford nearly 70 years There is a photo of the boat alongside the quay in 1980! Perhaps Flickroonies with local knowledge will remember her.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 09/Jul/2018 07:36:41

    Sadly, visible in Streetview today, down by Saltmills in Wexford.

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    domenico milella

    • 09/Jul/2018 07:38:46

    Congratulation for your beautiful Album.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 09/Jul/2018 07:38:49

    Flickr is sometimes amazing if a bit sad: Retired Steam Dredger, Portlairge, left to rot away in Bannow Bay, Co. Wexford. #isupportstreetart #streetart #thestreetisourgallery

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    B-59

    • 09/Jul/2018 09:15:29

    More information about the Portlairge: books.google.com/books?id=oHApwGBIc5gC&pg=PA74&lp...

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    B-59

    • 09/Jul/2018 09:23:11

    The latest photo I found (August 2017): www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/36163843450/ And with rainbow: www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/28204276582/

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    Niall McAuley

    • 09/Jul/2018 11:02:50

    Only one Mr. Friel in the 1911 census in County Waterford, a Civil Engineer.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 09/Jul/2018 11:11:24

    Aha, in the book "Liffey Ships and Shipbuilding" linked by B59 above, we learn: On taking delivery of the vessel, Mr. Allingham, Secretary of the Waterford Harbour Commissioners, and Mr. Friel, harbour engineer, under whose superintendance the vessel had been built, expressed themselves thoroughly satisfied in the vessel and all its details and in the manner in which the contract had been carried out.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 09/Jul/2018 11:13:51

    William Friel, son of Richard James Friel Bank manager, originally from (London)Derry.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 09/Jul/2018 11:17:36

    John Allingham in 1901. He has apparently moved, along with his family, beyond our shores by 1911.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 09/Jul/2018 12:28:20

    The "Mudboat" on 23/4/1915 - "she was the last working steamship in Ireland when she was retired in 1980." - https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/6959309626/

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    jamica1

    • 09/Jul/2018 19:06:09

    Very nice item

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 09/Jul/2018 21:27:19

    " ... When they used to go down the river in the mornings, I remember some of the workers at the Gold Crust Bakery, shouting at them to send a post card or bring back a parrot. ... " c. 1980 via https://www.flickr.com/photos/joecashin/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/joecashin/3985299968/

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    ofarrl

    • 09/Jul/2018 22:20:14

    This is a photo of the PortLairge crew taken in 1974. My wife's grandfather, Nicky Fitzgerald, is standing third from right of photo. The building in the background is R&H Halls granary built in 1905 using the Hennebique ferro-concrete system. It's one of only two such buildings in Ireland. It is currently in the process of being demolished I believe. architectureireland.ie/history-exploring-the-north-quays

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 09/Jul/2018 22:29:32

    Excellent - Thanks https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley, https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected], and https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia. I have updated the map and tags - and attempted to summarise the main points in the description. Thanks so much!!