A lovely Lawrence image of the Quays (pronounced in those parts as the "kays") in Sligo town. Taken around the time of the transition from sail to steam, we have a nice mix of sailing vessels and steamers. Even the steamships have the alternative - with masts for sails as back up to the engines. The town looks all a bustle but how much has that skyline changed in the meantime?
Apart from the spires of the cathedral and town hall
, the waterfront has changed quite a bit since this image was taken. Which, based on the two vessels visible (the screw steamer Heathmore
, and the brig Argestes
), was likely in the 1890s. And certainly before 1897, when the Heathmore was sunk....
Photographer: Robert French
Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection
Date: Catalogue range c.1865-1914. Possibly c.1890s (ships)
NLI Ref: L_CAB_05616
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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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