The Flying Huntsman, Limerick

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Where: Limerick, Ireland

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When: 01 January 1910

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Lovely Limerick skyline with a paddle steamer, the Flying Huntsman, in the foreground.

This photo was originally uploaded well over a year ago, but unbelievably has never attracted any comments! Hoping that by "recycling" it today, we can find out more about it...

P.S. This photo has been chosen as his favourite NLI Flickr Commons photo by swordscookie, and he's written and sent in a paragraph about it by Flickr Mail which will appear on our NLI Blog. This is for our celebration of the 5th anniversary of the Flickr Commons next Wednesday 16th.

I've had a lot of responses, and here's the first NLI blog post, with a second one on Tuesday hopefully. If any of you would still like to get involved, just Flickr Mail me the title (and a link) of your favourite photo, and a paragraph telling why it's your favourite (by Monday 14th). Thanks to everyone who's contributed so far - a surprising and interesting range...


Date: Circa 1910?? (but definitely between 1900 and 1940)

NLI Ref: EAS_2794

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
Source: Flickr Commons
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    derangedlemur

    • 11/Jan/2013 09:18:27

    Looks like Steamboat Quay, with St Mary's in the background. maps.osi.ie/publicviewer/#V1,557072,656884,7,9

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    derangedlemur

    • 11/Jan/2013 09:19:22

    Here's St Mary's from Sarsfield Bridge (the one you can see in the picture): maps.google.ie/maps?q=limerick&hl=en&ll=52.665348...

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    derangedlemur

    • 11/Jan/2013 09:30:30

    There's nobody still milling flour in Ireland. You might be able to date it from the fact that the Newtown Perry mill is still in business in this photo.

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    John Spooner

    • 11/Jan/2013 10:00:15

    The Flying Huntsman of Limerick is described in Freeman's in 1899 as a 'steam tug'. The earliest mention I can find of a steam tug of that name is in 1869 when it arrived in Belfast for the purpose of taking two tanks to Glasgow to lift a screw steamer which had sunk ten days previously in the Clyde.

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    John Spooner

    • 11/Jan/2013 10:03:17

    Sad Fatality at Limerick Regatta Freeman's July 19th 1897

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 11/Jan/2013 10:43:26

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Thanks a million! Far more accurately located now, I think.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 11/Jan/2013 10:49:55

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnspooner Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to find a good news story about the Flying Huntsman... :)

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 11/Jan/2013 11:43:50

    " ... The tug 'Flying Huntsman' was built in 1881 for the Clyde Shipping Co. and was acquired by the Limerick Towing Co. for Shannon Estuary towing duties in 1885. She passed to the Waterford SS Co. in 1893 and to the Limerick SS Co in 1907, lasting with them to just before WWI. She is described as an ugly vessel with two funnels abreast, ahead of the paddles. Limerick used her mainly for towing, but on occasion she was pressed into service carrying passengers on the Estuary. Iron hull with a single expansion engine, 122' x 20', built at South Shields. ... "
    from - www.shipsnostalgia.com/showthread.php?t=11240 - about half way down page, post by Bruce Carson.

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    blackpoolbeach

    • 11/Jan/2013 11:48:43

    The Flying Huntsman is listed on Tyne Tugs, completed 1881. www.tynetugs.co.uk/flyinghuntsman1881.html The tug in this photo is twin-engined, so might not be the same vessel.

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    derangedlemur

    • 11/Jan/2013 12:01:01

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/blackpoolbeach Twin funneled, at any rate. That tells you (potentially) how many boilers there were, but not necessarily how many engines.

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    blackpoolbeach

    • 11/Jan/2013 12:14:40

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] I remember "Conqueror" on the Tyne in the 1950s, in the colours of France Fenwick. www.tynetugs.co.uk/conqueror1884.html Very similar to "Flying Huntsman". It would be a great project to build another.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 11/Jan/2013 15:35:04

    Ta Dah! First NLI blog post about your Flickr Favourites, or should that be Flavourites? Thanks a million to [http://www.flickr.com/photos/amintirivizuale/] and [http://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley/] and [http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/] and [http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/] and [http://www.flickr.com/photos/mosskayree/] and [http://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia/] for answering the call to arms to celebrate 5 years of Flickr Commons! The rest of you who've sent stuff in, fear not, you'll be in next week's post! I went strictly in chronological order of receipt... :)

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    DannyM8

    • 11/Jan/2013 16:15:09

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland blog looks good.....

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 11/Jan/2013 16:16:17

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Thanks, Mr! And thanks for your contribution, amazingly a canine free zone... :)

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    DannyM8

    • 11/Jan/2013 16:27:09

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland predictable .....me?

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 11/Jan/2013 16:47:39

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Never!

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    John Spooner

    • 11/Jan/2013 19:18:08

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland Good news? 'Fraid not. The best I can do is neutral news of a tug doing her mundane job such as (Glasgow Herald, Feb 2 1883):

    The barque Glenrosa, of and from Glasgow for Mauritius was left by the Clyde Shipping Company's Flying Huntsman on Wednesday 31st January , at 3 pm. WInd S
    or (Glasgow Herald, Apr 25 1883)
    The barque Sandringham, of and from Greenock for Quebec, was left by the Clyde Shipping Company's Flying Huntsman on Friday 20th inst at 7:30 pm, off AIlsa Craig. Wind westerly by northerly, light breeze

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 11/Jan/2013 21:10:11

    The Flying Huntsman Limerick Putt-putt-putt, whoop-whoop-whoop, chug chug - Ding-ding-ding, chooff-chooff-chooff, glug glug - The old paddle steamer - For a beautiful dreamer There's nothing quite like a good tug.

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    blackpoolbeach

    • 12/Jan/2013 05:56:30

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Email from David Waller, webmaster of Tyne Tugs. "Yes, single cylinder, but two funnels and two paddles. As I understand, the two funnels would be because there were two boilers, or just to add virtual power. Two paddles and one cylinder needed some handling I believe, such as disconnecting one drive when needed."

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 20/Jan/2013 18:07:24

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/blackpoolbeach Thanks for going to that trouble! Very good of David to reply so speedily...

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    tonyheaney

    • 10/Sep/2017 17:20:38

    ANy idea where this photo is (2nd one docked tug) is I can't find it on the main site: www.tynetugs.co.uk/flyinghuntsman1881.html

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    Niall McAuley

    • 23/Apr/2021 16:14:24

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] Hi tony, just came across your question. I believe that is the dry dock marked GRAVING DOCK on the OSI 25". If you click this link and then select the 25" map, you should see it. On Google maps satellite view Wait, I see what you mean, why is that shot not in the nli catalogue? It may not be named or tagged correctly, and it may not be digitized.