Sunday, 28 August 2016

East of Griffiths Bridge

This time we view the activities at the eastern side of the bridge
which are very different, from my first visit of twenty-five years ago
and am pleased to see the new berths with the modern services.
The sturdy road bridge at Shannon Harbour called Griffith’s Bridge was named after Richard Griffiths one of the directors of the Canal company who built the
Grand Canal.

This beautiful steam launch named Maggie caught my eye and I would very much liked to have removed the cover and viewed her details, which I imagine are excellent.


Nice touch to see a bucket of flowers at the end of the pontoon!
 Look at this beauty with her almost vertical stem and bulwarks along with a pulpit rail.
Once again my admiration goes to her owner for having such a ship-shape craft.
Having mentioned the pulpit guard rail there is an error in believing that a stern guard rail is a pushpit rail, this completely wrong for both are pulpit rails and pulpit means a place where a person may lean on a speak from - ok lecture over.

Further upstream all manner are craft are moored along the bank.
Those tall buildings (ruin) are all that remains of the Grand Hotel that was built to accommodate travellers and patrons of the Grand Canal in late 19th century.

More moored boats !

I have not yet finished with Shannon Harbour as you will
see in my next blog post.

20 comments:

  1. We don't have a canal in our area. But for as big as our river, Kootenai we don't even have large dock that could hold quite a few boats.
    Coffee is on

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    1. Thank you for the comment Dora, so you don't live anywhere near Bonner's Ferry then because I understand that has a public docks ?

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  2. Oh, my heart beats faster! Such lovely boats. I am also intrigued by Maggie, looking at the beautiful condition of her hull, she is obviously a well loved boat xxx

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    1. I knew that the sight of Maggie would get you going, Fran ! and that would be a few others too that have more than a knuckles edge over the plastic gin palaces.

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  3. Hi Mel - well they're certainly making use of the canal, which is great - a new era ... leaving the 19th/20thC Grandness behind ... creating a new more regular use. Those boats are impeccably maintained from what I can see - wonderful ... and you want to strip poor Maggie off?! Lovely waterside .. cheers Hilary

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    1. Hello Hilary ! Yes, I would very much like to remove the "burkini" from Maggie and see her in all of her glory and drink in her french curves :-)
      Thank you for commenting.

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  4. I love these boats Heron - I expect there is quite a cameradie between their occupants.

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  5. Thank you for your comment Pat; there is a quiet generality between them, just like there is with most groups of people who have the same interests.

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  6. Interesting looking at these boats Heron but it was the photo of the heather at the top of your page that really caught my eye. Beautiful.

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    1. Thanks you Sue !
      All of which might tempt you to make a visit for a few days ? :-) :-) x

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  7. More of these lovely floaters!! We have a canal where I was born but not up here. Where we live, there are just yachts and smaller sailingvessels. Oh and fishingboats!! Such very very nice pictures Mel, you really are good at this. And you seem to be such great grandparents too, look at that lovely grip when he is balancing!!

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    1. Thank you FT you are very kind with your comments which greatly appreciated.
      I enjoy taking photo's of nature and more especially when water is involved, for it is wonderful element to capture in all of its many moods.

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  8. Maggie sure is a beauty and well maintained. The canal seems to be very peaceful with all those boats lined up. I like the view you present with your photos, very nice!

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    1. That's high praise indeed Bill many thanks.

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  9. There are some beauties there, clearly well cared for. And the reflections in the water make it all look so peaceful.

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    1. Shannon Harbour is a very restful place to visit and it makes me wish that I owned a boat too, thank you for commenting.

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  10. Maggie is a beautiful vessel that has been well looked after. Sorry I haven't been around much commenting I enjoyed catching up on all your posts. Sarah x

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    1. Thank you Sarah I very much enjoy showcasing Ireland to the world and receiving comments is an added bonus, so my thanks for yours. xx

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  11. Ah, Mel, I can see that you would at least love a 'spuddle' on the Maggie! It's a lovely boat and beautifully maintained as you have said. I have no great love for the modern cruisers, but I'm sure their owners have as much fun on them as the Maggie owners. She's just ao much lovelier! I love these Shannon posts and am looking forward to the next one!

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    1. Two minds with a single thought re: Maggie, Val !
      The photo's for the next blog post are ready to go, I just have to cobble a few more words together to finalise the last post on Shannon Harbour and The Grand Canal.
      Thank you for your interest Val.

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