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On Monday 13th November 1826, 190 years ago, the new paddle steamer 'Town of Drogheda' arrived at her home port having come from the Clyde in Scotland. The vessel was the very first vessel belonging to the newly formed Drogheda Steampacket Company and for the next 22 years she would sail weekly between Drogheda and Liverpool.

The vessel marked the beginning of a golden age for Drogheda and steamship travel which would last 80 years. The steampacket company operated 16 vessels over the period to both Liverpool and Glasgow.

On its arrival into Drogheda, the Journal of 1826 contrasted the crimson and gold silk lace in the ladies' cabin with the blue cloth upholstery covering the berths reserved for the gentlemen. The holds could accommodate up to 100 horned cattle or 300 sheep.

The 'Town of Drogheda' made her maiden voyage to Liverpool on the 26th November, 1826 and the journey took 14 hours. The master of the vessel on its maiden voyage was Captain Thomas Bishop.
Built by John Scott & Co in Greenock the vessel was 140 feet in length and wooden built. In addition to carrying cargo the vessel also accommodated passengers. The passenger accommodation was extremely luxurious and the vessel state room was mahogany with rosewood pillars and a fireplace. The dining table could accommodate up to 30 persons at a sitting.

The steam engines at the time were state of the art putting out 110 nominal horse power through the two paddles, enough to keep the vessel moving through the biggest of storms on the Irish sea.
There are no know drawings or paintings of the vessel but in order to commemorate the 190 year anniversary, research was undertaken by the port company through contemporary maritime resources, the William Simmons\Scott archives which are held at Glasgow University and the assistance of Brendan Matthews of the old Drogheda Society.

From rare plans and drawings of sister vessels from Greenock ship yard and through a unique collaboration with local artist Raymond Balfe the vessel has been brought back to life in an oil painting to commemorate the vessels 190th anniversary on going into service and the beginning of Drogheda’s golden age of steam ship travel.

Mr Raymond Balfe said “I was delighted to be asked by the port to work on this challenging project. It was something very interesting and different for me as an artist. I tried to make the painting of its time. How amazing it would be today if you could still catch a ship from Drogheda to Liverpool.”

Mr Paul Fleming commented “It was fantastic working with Raymond to bring the historic steamship ‘Town of Drogheda’ back to life just in time for its 190th anniversary. The painting is a fantastic depiction of the vessel arriving at the Drogheda bar in 1826 based on existing maritime resources from the original shipyard and the port archives”

The vessel sailed under the British red ensign and the Drogheda Steampacket Company flag which was a white star and crescent on a lime green background, which was described as a lime green with a white five pointed star between the horns. Its distinctive funnel and steam whistle was jet black, as were all the Drogheda Steampacket vessels.

The vessel was eventually sold in 1848 and was abandoned and foundered approximately 120 miles east of Gibraltar all the crew being saved in 1849.

Published in Drogheda Port
#CORK HARBOUR - A never-before-seen collection of images and memorabilia from Cork celebrating the harbour city and its heritage has just been published, the Cork Independent reports.
Pure Cork features photos, postcards, maps and other items collected by Blarney Street native Michael Lenihan over the last 40 years, and he claims that "95 per cent" of them have never been seen before.
The selection represents just a fraction of the more than 2,000 postcards and countless photographs in Lenihan's collection.
From paddle steamer boats in the famous harbour to the landing of the first plane at Cork Airport in the 1960s, the changing face of transport in the city is also documented.
Pure Cork is available in bookshops across Cork, priced at €25. An exhibition of original photos from Lenihan's collection is also on display at Liam O'Shea's Bookshop on Oliver Plunkett Street.
The Cork Independent has more on the story HERE.

#CORK HARBOUR - A never-before-seen collection of images and memorabilia from Cork celebrating the harbour city and its heritage has just been published, the Cork Independent reports.

Pure Cork features photos, postcards, maps and other items collected by Blarney Street native Michael Lenihan over the last 40 years, and he claims that "95 per cent" of them have never been seen before.

The selection represents just a fraction of the more than 2,000 postcards and countless photographs in Lenihan's collection.

From paddle steamer boats in the famous harbour to the landing of the first plane at Cork Airport in the 1960s, the changing face of transport in the city is also documented.

Pure Cork is available in bookshops across Cork, priced at €25. An exhibition of original photos from Lenihan's collection is also on display at Liam O'Shea's Bookshop on Oliver Plunkett Street.

The Cork Independent has more on the story HERE.

Published in Cork Harbour

The Half Ton Class was created by the Offshore Racing Council for boats within the racing band not exceeding 22'-0". The ORC decided that the rule should "....permit the development of seaworthy offshore racing yachts...The Council will endeavour to protect the majority of the existing IOR fleet from rapid obsolescence caused by ....developments which produce increased performance without corresponding changes in ratings..."

When first introduced the IOR rule was perfectly adequate for rating boats in existence at that time. However yacht designers naturally examined the rule to seize upon any advantage they could find, the most noticeable of which has been a reduction in displacement and a return to fractional rigs.

After 1993, when the IOR Mk.III rule reached it termination due to lack of people building new boats, the rule was replaced by the CHS (Channel) Handicap system which in turn developed into the IRC system now used.

The IRC handicap system operates by a secret formula which tries to develop boats which are 'Cruising type' of relatively heavy boats with good internal accommodation. It tends to penalise boats with excessive stability or excessive sail area.

Competitions

The most significant events for the Half Ton Class has been the annual Half Ton Cup which was sailed under the IOR rules until 1993. More recently this has been replaced with the Half Ton Classics Cup. The venue of the event moved from continent to continent with over-representation on French or British ports. In later years the event is held biennially. Initially, it was proposed to hold events in Ireland, Britain and France by rotation. However, it was the Belgians who took the ball and ran with it. The Class is now managed from Belgium. 

At A Glance – Half Ton Classics Cup Winners

  • 2017 – Kinsale – Swuzzlebubble – Phil Plumtree – Farr 1977
  • 2016 – Falmouth – Swuzzlebubble – Greg Peck – Farr 1977
  • 2015 – Nieuwport – Checkmate XV – David Cullen – Humphreys 1985
  • 2014 – St Quay Portrieux – Swuzzlebubble – Peter Morton – Farr 1977
  • 2013 – Boulogne – Checkmate XV – Nigel Biggs – Humphreys 1985
  • 2011 – Cowes – Chimp – Michael Kershaw – Berret 1978
  • 2009 – Nieuwpoort – Général Tapioca – Philippe Pilate – Berret 1978
  • 2007 – Dun Laoghaire – Henri-Lloyd Harmony – Nigel Biggs – Humphreys 1980~
  • 2005 – Dinard – Gingko – Patrick Lobrichon – Mauric 1968
  • 2003 – Nieuwpoort – Général Tapioca – Philippe Pilate – Berret 1978

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