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Talk: ‘Sinking of the Sailing Ship Tayleur, 1854’ at Rush Library This Thursday

13th May 2024
An anchor at the RMS Tayleur Memorial in Rush, Co. Dublin
An anchor at the RMS Tayleur Memorial in Rush, Co. Dublin

Edward J. Bourke will give a talk on the 'Sinking of the Sailing Ship Tayleur, 1854' at Rush Library this Thursday, 16th May at 6.30 pm.

To attend the talk, booking is available through Fingal Libraries (see details below).

The sailing ship Tayleur, chartered by White Star Line, was wrecked at Lambay in 1854. The ship carried 580 emigrants and 70 crew bound for Australia at the time of the Kalgoorlie gold rush.

Some 400 people drowned in the disaster.

There were three inquiries that gave details of problems with compasses, tightness of ropes in the blocks, wide turning circle, inexperienced crew, anchor chains snapping, and failure to take soundings.  

Altogether a sailing tragedy.

Booking is essential; contact Rush Library Tel (01) 870 8414 or via email: [email protected]

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Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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