The fascination with the Fastnet Rock continues with an different photo for the end of the week. The Krazy Kataloguer describes this as an "Aerial View" of the SS Irene docked at the Fastnet but I imagine that "Aerial" is a bit of a stretch. This was clearly taken from high up on the column of the light.
Photographer: Ball, Robert S. (Robert Stawell), 1840-1913
Previously ... Reverse-ish view (from SS 'Irene II' ?) showing the OLD lighthouse https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/8262872235/ And lots of details here - https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/51024376303/
The name of this image from the Mizzen head visitor centre also confirms "SS Irene"
Like how they are drying a few jumpers on the forward rigging.
A close run thing witnessed from the rock and the SS Irene. Reported widely, this is from the Sheffield Evening Telegraph on Saturday 13 July 1901
Oretani Wildlife (Mike Grimes)
Wrecked at Grimness in 1969 in the Orkneys. The Longhope lifeboat had launched to assist and overturned with the loss of 8 crew in 60 foot waves. www.scotsman.com/arts-and-culture/orkney-lifeboat-tragedy... And some photos of the wreck. photos.orkneycommunities.co.uk/search.asp
Oretani Wildlife (Mike Grimes)
Sorry, the second link doesn't work but search for SS Irene on the page and you'll see them.
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] As an aside I just noticed the photographer, Robert Stawell Ball, was a noted Royal Astronomer of Ireland, and known for screw theory
Do we know anything about the boat, the SS Irene? I've had a couple of searches but drawn blanks. Thanks.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ Some information in the account of her launch at Port Glasgow, in the Port Glasgow Express on 21st October 1898
HMM. Lloyds List reported the launch of the Irene, but later said the name had been reported incorrectly, and that the ship's name was IERNE. And Ierne is the name on the clydeships website www.clydeships.co.uk/view.php?ref=2486 , which says she was broken up in 1955.
How very confusing! Even the NLI's Krazy Kataloguer used "Ierne" on several photos. Also "II" as if there were two ships - catalogue.nli.ie/Search/Results?lookfor=ierne&type=Al...
https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia And to confuse things still further, Trinity House (the England and Wales equivalent of Irish Lights) had a steamship called Irene, launched 1890 at Jarrow, blown up by a mine in WW1.
RTE Footage of a later Ierne here.
In comments over at beachcombers reversish view, we all thought the ship was the Ierne, and in megazoom, there is a box at the
back arse endstern of the boat which looks to me to say IERNE
Buenas fotos antiguas .
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnspooner] Thanks for that and the information provided by others. I checked the UK Nat. Archives and the catalog entries there seem at first glance inconsistent though may indicate John Rowlands (b. 1886 Kingstown) and Robert C. Hill (b.1877 Slough) previous ship Tearaght of Dublin as possible masters...
I Think you'll find that the ship's name was IERNE