Tug Boats on the Fergus

Privateer at Limerick Docks, c 1880
Lawrence Collection, NLI.
Limerick Docks, with Privateer, c 1880
Lawrence Collection - NLI
Privateer History
Tugboat at Clarecastle Quay in the 1980s
Des Ryan

It would appear that the tugboats were used in towing the last of the old sailing ships up and down the Fergus to speed up the work of unloading and loading these ships at the Port of Clare. The Privateer was a wooden paddle steamer, 89 feet in length and 18 feet across. One wonderful photograph of the boat, dated about 1880 or a little later, has been found and can be see below.

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