The Harbour Through The Years

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Re: The Harbour Through The Years

Postby Thomastown » Sun Sep 04, 2011 1:43 am

cambria49 wrote:Challenging me now!! Okay, the paddle steamer on the departure berth of the Carlisle pier is one of the four provinces built for the City of Dublin Steam Packet in 1860. The company won the mail contract in 1850 (and kept it for 70 years) but operated the service to Holyhead with it's existing ships until these four new steamers arrived. Of the four, the Connaught was the fastest and became the first steamer to exceed 18 knots on the measured mile. All four lasted in service until1896/97 when replaced with ships of the same name.

Note the shed on the Carlisle Pier is the original and not the one recently removed. This shed was replaced by a larger one in the late 1890's.

The ship in the East Bight is HMS Royal George, which was stationed on coastguard duties along the east coast until 1869.

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Re: The Harbour Through The Years

Postby spudseamus » Sun Sep 04, 2011 5:24 am

Brillent info!! :D
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Re: The Harbour Through The Years

Postby cambria49 » Sun Sep 04, 2011 6:15 am

Thanks guys.
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Re: The Harbour Through The Years

Postby Strum » Sun Sep 04, 2011 2:18 pm

A mine of info Justin. Impressive knowledge. :D
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Re: The Harbour Through The Years

Postby Thomastown » Sun Sep 11, 2011 10:44 pm

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I dont know what year this was taken, the parked cars should give us a clue.
But I bet Cambria 49 will know.

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Re: The Harbour Through The Years

Postby cambria49 » Mon Sep 12, 2011 12:04 pm

The ship is the Scotia, built in 1921 and lost at Dunkirk in 1940. She and her two sisters, Cambria and Hibernia, received major refits during the early 1930s during which the forward end of the promenade deck was enclosed with windows as seen here.
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Re: The Harbour Through The Years

Postby Thomastown » Mon Sep 12, 2011 9:30 pm

cambria49 wrote:The ship is the Scotia, built in 1921 and lost at Dunkirk in 1940. She and her two sisters, Cambria and Hibernia, received major refits during the early 1930s during which the forward end of the promenade deck was enclosed with windows as seen here.


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Re: The Harbour Through The Years

Postby Thomastown » Tue Sep 13, 2011 10:21 pm

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I think this photo was taken around 1890.I dont see any train tracks going down to the boat.
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Re: The Harbour Through The Years

Postby jwdalk » Tue Sep 13, 2011 11:32 pm

The tracks must be there, that rail extension was opened in 1859. They must be going into the covered area on the pier. I'll try and scan in an early picture from a different angle tomorrow or Thursday.
Great photo, though. Everything looked so much wider with those old photos.
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Re: The Harbour Through The Years

Postby cambria49 » Wed Sep 14, 2011 5:37 am

I can see the tracks ok. The shed you see on the pier was removed shortly after this was taken and replaced by a larger version affording greater protection from wind-driven rain.
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Re: The Harbour Through The Years

Postby jwdalk » Wed Sep 14, 2011 9:29 am

Here's an old one from a different angle. You can see three carriages on the left on the Carlisle Pier Extension. Unfortunately I don't have a date for this shot.

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Re: The Harbour Through The Years

Postby Thomastown » Wed Sep 14, 2011 10:44 pm

jwdalk wrote:Here's an old one from a different angle. You can see three carriages on the left on the Carlisle Pier Extension. Unfortunately I don't have a date for this shot.




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Re: The Harbour Through The Years

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Re: The Harbour Through The Years

Postby keeper » Tue Sep 27, 2011 10:17 pm

Does any one remember a red iron bridge that carried the spur line from the station to the Irish Lights yard ? it went over a channel from the coal quay as far as I can remember, we used to jump into the sea from it, it was pretty deep at full tide. Is there any trace of where it may have been ? can't remember the channel being used, would the tender for the Irish Lights boats have used it? when was it filled in and why ? would like to know the story of it, thanks.
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Re: The Harbour Through The Years

Postby Harjoe » Wed Sep 28, 2011 8:06 pm

Heres a question I remember a pleasure craft that went from the east pier late 1940s or early 1950s called THE LARSON can see it in my mind but hte time had tobe late 40s because from 50 to 53 i was in hospital so it had tobe before 50 or after 53 .
I know the Royal Iris was used around that time and I remember a big Larson and a small Larson,Cambria 49 might know
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Re: The Harbour Through The Years

Postby cambria49 » Thu Sep 29, 2011 11:16 am

Afraid I don't have much info on the pleasure boats that operated from the harbour from time to time, other than one vessel - the Western Lady.
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Re: The Harbour Through The Years

Postby Thomastown » Sun Oct 02, 2011 11:17 pm

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Colourful photo of The Trinity House Tender "The Mermaid" I took some years ago in the harbour.
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Re: The Harbour Through The Years

Postby cambria49 » Mon Oct 03, 2011 1:50 am

Lovely shot of the Mermaid!
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Re: The Harbour Through The Years

Postby cambria49 » Mon Oct 03, 2011 1:53 am

I've been thinking long and hard about this one... I wonder if you mean a spur from the station to the Depot? The Depot of course was engulfed by the Car Ferry Terminal in 1969.. This is the only place I can think of that you would have been able to jump into the wat from - I could be way off tho!


keeper wrote:Does any one remember a red iron bridge that carried the spur line from the station to the Irish Lights yard ? it went over a channel from the coal quay as far as I can remember, we used to jump into the sea from it, it was pretty deep at full tide. Is there any trace of where it may have been ? can't remember the channel being used, would the tender for the Irish Lights boats have used it? when was it filled in and why ? would like to know the story of it, thanks.
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Re: The Harbour Through The Years

Postby keeper » Mon Oct 03, 2011 2:44 pm

Hiya Cambria !! thanks for reply, as far as I can remember it went from the station into the Irish Lights yard at the time, it crossed the road at road level and then went slightly left and over the bridge, I think the cutting we jumped into appears to me to have filled in and may have been where the green is now between the yacht club and the present Irish Lights complex. Haven't been out there for a few years so working purely on memory, it was a favourite spot on a fine Sunday morning after Mass, I'm not from the town itself but in Summer always brought my togs and under the the watchful eye of my Dad would join in with lads who where my schoolmates, time wise it was mid 50's. Surprised nobody can recall it !!
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Re: The Harbour Through The Years

Postby Strum » Mon Oct 03, 2011 3:09 pm

I remember the very spot. Yes it was beside the "Green" between the Yacht club and the Irish Lights. It is all filled in now and inaccessible.
We found a metal Bath Tub down that way and it would float with two of us in it. Then we would stash it up under the boardwalk for the next time.
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Re: The Harbour Through The Years

Postby keeper » Mon Oct 03, 2011 9:43 pm

That's brilliant Strum, was begining to think I had been dreaming it all, what was that little inlet used for can you remember ? seem to remember some boats in it, tenders for Irish Lights or the yacht club maybe ? Happy days indeed !!!
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Re: The Harbour Through The Years

Postby cambria49 » Tue Oct 04, 2011 4:10 am

Great stuff! Have never seen photos of it - well remember the spur across the CIL yard but the bridge you mention is well before my time!
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Re: The Harbour Through The Years

Postby skins » Tue Oct 04, 2011 10:35 am

I seem to recall Denis writing about his Johnny Weismuller days in the Depot elsewhere on this site, and the other characters who frequented the place. Maybe when he gets back he might be able to provide some more info. My own memories of the Depot are pretty vague.

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Re: The Harbour Through The Years

Postby Strum » Tue Oct 04, 2011 2:54 pm

keeper wrote: what was that little inlet used for can you remember ?


Yes there were boats in it and as much as I remember it was like a tiny harbour itself? That make sense?
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