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Jeanie Johnston Almost Home From Historic End of Era Dry-Docking

15th February 2017
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Jeanie Johnston assisted by tugs Shackleton and Beaufort to a temporary berth at North Wall Extension on Monday. This afternoon the barque is to complete the short passage upriver to Custom House Quay and reopen for tours this Friday. Note on the right in the background is the blue crane of the graving dry-dock from where the tallship vacated as the final ship to use the facility. Jeanie Johnston assisted by tugs Shackleton and Beaufort to a temporary berth at North Wall Extension on Monday. This afternoon the barque is to complete the short passage upriver to Custom House Quay and reopen for tours this Friday. Note on the right in the background is the blue crane of the graving dry-dock from where the tallship vacated as the final ship to use the facility. Photo: JEHAN ASHMORE

#DublinsTallship - Jeanie Johnston which became the final ever vessel to use Dublin Port's last working graving dock is to return to her usual city-centre berth this afternoon, writes Jehan Ashmore.

On Monday, the replica of a 19th century famine emigrant barque had departed the 200m graving dock having undergone planned maintenance.

The facility that also was a shiprepair and conversion business is to be decommissioned. Dublin Port are to in-fill the site for the Alexandra Basin Redevelopment ABR project. This will be phase one of the port’s Masterplan to permit largers ships to enter the port and expand capacity.

After been towed from drydock, Jeanie Johnston is currently at a temporary berth along the North Wall Quay Extension next to the Tom Clarke toll-bridge. The bascule-bridge lift is to be raised to facilitate the Jeanie Johnston by heading upriver.

Following this transit, Jeanie Johnston is not to directly head to her routine berth at Custom House Quay. Instead the barque will berth along Sir John Rogersons Quay. From this southside berth the tallship will await clearance subject to specific opening times, before making a transit through the Samuel Beckett swing-bridge.

Once this second transit has been achieved then the 301 gross tonnage tallship will finally reach her berth on the Liffey at Custom House Quay.

According to the operator's website, tours of the replica tallship are to begin this Friday. The original Jeanie Johnston completed 16 trans-Atlantic emigrant voyages between Ireland and north America in the years from 1847 to 1855. Over 2,500 people were transported and notably with no loss of life.

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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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