When the slobs were being dried at Island Avanna, the Company that was drying it bought a ship named the ‘Sand Lark’. It was haunted and one of the men in it saw a ghost on deck and he never saw or spoke again. The captain hung himself in his own cabin. One night it was anchored near the Slob and the workmen were sleeping in it. When they woke in the morning they found themselves stuck in the rocks near ‘Boland’s rocks’. They were rescued by a man named McMahon from an island near by. It is said that its owner never held it and it is also said that a priest drowned himself out of it.
The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0607, Page 400C
- Brian J. Goggins of Irish Waterways History says: ‘there was a sailing barge called the Sandlark based in Garrykennedy; it travelled to.Limerick and could have sailed on the estuary too. I don’t know when it was built; its remains were still around on Lough Derg until recent years.’