Try to find the spot where the photographer was standing.
The ship, the Luimneach, was sunk by gunfire from a U-boat in 1940. All of the crew members survived, 15 making their way home via Spain and 3 being imprisoned as POWs in France.
According to this set of articles on the Limerick Steamship Co., the Luimneach was previously the Fairfield that had been sunk at Zeebrugge in WWI and later raised. It had been built in 1915, in Tyne, and was in service at the LSS Co. from 1922-1940.
Also according to that article, if it is 1931 then, the ship's captain would have been Captain W. McNamee, who retired in August 1932.
Geohive 6" Cassini map.
Possibly ordered by Walter J. Farrell, master mariner and harbourmaster of Waterford port.
Here he is in 1911 living in Sion Row, but in a house larger than anything standing now, I think. Possibly in one of these mostly demolished houses (Streetview).
Given that Farrell the harbourmaster commissioned the shot and is in it on the crane, and the makers sign says the crane was made just 2 years earlier, I am going to guess that the photo is to celebrate the crane coming into service?
I think the officer noted on the ship is the captain (white hat with a badge), in which case it is Capt. W. McNamee per Sharon's link.
[from the depths of the Pun Bin...]
Via Trove a 1930 interview with Mr A. A. Farrell, Secretary and General Manager of the Harbour Commissioners, who gives full details of new concrete wharves and the 20-ton electric and manual crane. It is a bit ambiguous about the crane actually being there; the foundation is provided is what it says ... trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/108141026?searchTerm=c...
Well I never! - the origins of the expression "By Hook or by Crook" - trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/186903615
I believe that the Mr. Farrell referred to by Poole photographer was Mr Austin A Farrell, Secretary to Waterford Harbour Commissioners. He was a brother of my grandfather Walter J. Farrell Harbour Master. The person on the crane is not the Harbour Master nor Austin Farrell in my opinion.
According to my grandfather's diary, the Forde Wharf was officially opened by the President William T. Cosgrove on Monday 16th Dec. 1929. here's a link to British Pathe newsreel of the event. Austin Farrell is the gentleman on LH side of WTC as he cuts the ribbon.
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/38524172@N08] Brilliant movie clip! 40 seconds in we get a glimpse of Lord Mayor Walsh, as seen previously:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/38524172@N08 And the crane is there at 0.40. How uplifting!
This is a great historical photograph.
Knockane Villa/ Fleming's Castle in the distance...www.flickr.com/photos/33577523@N08/15191503761
May I point out that the title here on Flickr has a typo? (The archive is OK)
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley You may indeed. Apologies, must have been all the shops this week.