Embassy to the King of the Saltees

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Where: Leinster, County Wexford, Ireland

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A group of men (wouldn’t you know) arriving on the Saltee Islands armed with lots of baskets. and whatever else they might need. Today it is unoccupied, but I imagine when this was taken there were residents there? Well worth the visit!

Photographer: Various

Collection: Mason Photographic Collection

Date: 1890 - 1910

NLI Ref: M19/22/3

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    Inverarra

    • 31/Jul/2020 08:01:57

    A great photo. Looks like a bunch of birdwatchers on an expedition. Thanks.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 31/Jul/2020 08:02:38

    Guessing it is 1912 from the nearby photos ... Ed. ... including one of Thomas Mason taking a picture - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000519901/HierarchyTree

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    Foxglove

    • 31/Jul/2020 08:17:45

    the boat, is that a "birlinn" ? style

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    John Spooner

    • 31/Jul/2020 08:41:33

    Ac article in the Wexford People of Wednesday 12 June 1907, in a section subtitled "A miserable night on Saltee", reports that a group of rabbit-shooters had recently been marooned for a night on the island - "a heavy fog cut them off upon desolate Saltee from all association or communication with the outside world", however they did find "the old disused farmhouse, once the residence of a hardy farmer who lived on the island". So no one (apart from the odd castaway) lived on the island in 1907. A Mr Martin Pierce, owner of the Mill Road Iron Works, fell ill as a result of the ordeal and died a few days later.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 31/Jul/2020 08:42:05

    Sometimes Flickr is amazing! In 2007 via https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnfinn/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnfinn/537829619/

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    O Mac

    • 31/Jul/2020 09:07:24

    Could be Naturalist Robert Lloyd Praeger and Co who surveyed the flora there in June 1913. Man with bowler may be Praeger. Rev. Canon H. W. Lett third from right? sources.nli.ie/Record/PS_UR_024833 en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Lloyd_Praeger

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 31/Jul/2020 09:52:46

    This fellow in the dark waistcoat (2nd from right above?) is supposedly ornothologist R. M. Barrington 1849-1915 - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000520025 also catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000519907/HierarchyTree Setting puffin traps? www.ria.ie/news/dictionary-irish-biography/favourite-dib-... Via [https://www.flickr.com/photos/swordscookie/] [https://www.flickr.com/photos/swordscookie/9010584728/]

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 31/Jul/2020 10:24:56

    Second thought - perhaps R. M. Barrington is the second from the left with a bowler in today's photo? The hats confused me previously, and he has a beard.

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    Simon_Bates

    • 31/Jul/2020 10:28:48

    Plans are underway to lay loads of poison to kill off the rat population - which is apparently a threat to the seabirds. Surely a few good ratter dogs would do the job much quicker with less harmful environmental effects.

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    suckindeesel

    • 31/Jul/2020 10:31:21

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnspooner] CSO stats record no occupants as far back as the middle of the 19th century, their earliest record. statbank.cso.ie/px/pxeirestat/Statire/SelectVarVal/savese... Wiki summarises figures here en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saltee_Islands

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    Simon_Bates

    • 31/Jul/2020 10:34:37

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnspooner The rabbit population dropped off sharply in recent years due to myxomatosis. I have heard stories of hunters returning after a night hunting rabbits - back in the early 20th century - with catches of up to 100 rabbits, per hunter!

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 31/Jul/2020 10:39:32

    Barrinton had a shag (!) on Saltee Island in 1910 also - karlgrimes.net/images/barrportrait.jpg From an interesting article - karlgrimes.net/html/curious.html

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    O Mac

    • 31/Jul/2020 10:40:58

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/] Barrington was one of the party on the Praeger trip in June 1913. Clip below from Irish Naturalist Oct 1913. www.flickr.com/gp/[email protected]/n6644N

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    Simon_Bates

    • 31/Jul/2020 12:50:05

    No sign of any guns in the photo.

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    Bwana_Samaki

    • 31/Jul/2020 16:23:44

    Thanks for posting this to Oileán. Always great to see how things were on the islands. Any more would be most welcome.

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    suckindeesel

    • 31/Jul/2020 16:52:49

    Does all that make the 1912 dates on the companion photos incorrect?

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    John Spooner

    • 31/Jul/2020 17:48:16

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/simon_bates According to the Wexford People Mr Pierce "succeeded in accumulating a good bag".

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    Flickr

    • 01/Aug/2020 04:16:03

    Congrats on Explore! ⭐ July 31, 2020

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    domenico milella

    • 02/Aug/2020 16:41:16

    Beautiful Photo.

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    JohnFinn

    • 03/Aug/2020 16:17:59

    There is a fine house on the island and it is occupied occasionally by the owners who live in Dublin. www.salteeislands.info/