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Naomh Eanna - Grand Canal Dock

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  • Saw an interesting programme on the Ss great britain the other night. Scuttled in the falklands in 1937 she was refloated and put on a barge to Bristol nearly 40 years later, restored and now attracts about 200000 visitors a year.




  • Bit of a difference between the groundbreaking (once) most famous ship in the world and the old Aran ferry though ;)

    Every time I see an update in this thread now I click with trepidation in case it's news of her getting scrapped :(




  • NUTLEY BOY wrote: »
    Passed by yesterday pm.

    There was a digger, a mobile crane and what looked two divers on site.
    They seem to be placing steel girders across the mouth of the graving dock astern of the NE.

    saw it for the first time on Saturday - god it's very dilapidated at this stage. Was wondering wth is going to happen with it, as it'll crumble if nothing is.




  • Just scrap the thing, it's an eyesore and has no real historical significance.




  • Cycling home Friday p.m. via GCD.

    The GCD/open end of the graving dock now seems closed off with the steel girders I saw being craned in a few weeks ago. There is now a pontoon outside of that.

    There seem to be supporting poles shoring up the starboard quarter. As best as I could tell the NE looks like she is sitting more uprightly than previously when she listed a little to starboard.

    Somebody seems to be doing something about her alright but she just looks increasingly decrepit.

    Watch this space I suppose :confused:


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  • Who's going to end up paying for all this,,,,Joe Public?:mad:




  • Passed through GCD on Friday. She is still sitting propped upright but nothing seems to be happening.




  • Cycled past there yesterday afternoon. Although it was dusk there seemed to be absolutely nothing happening whatsoever with Naomh Eanna.

    Would Waterways Ireland have any authority to force the owner's hand to do something about the vessel if it just sitting there apparently deteriorating ?




  • Cycled through GCD on Sunday last.
    NE still sitting upright inside the (graving ??) dock.
    Absolutely zilch happening to judge by appearances.




  • AnnaStezia wrote: »
    Cycled through GCD on Sunday last.
    NE still sitting upright inside the (graving ??) dock.
    Absolutely zilch happening to judge by appearances.

    I think whatever plans could have been there pre Covid will be on ice for many many years now. A replica ship at this stage is a far better option, perhaps take the original funnel off to preserve.


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  • I think whatever plans could have been there pre Covid will be on ice for many many years now. A replica ship at this stage is a far better option, perhaps take the original funnel off to preserve.

    For what purpose though? It doesn’t really have any historical significance.

    Put her out of her misery and break her up for scrap




  • For what purpose though? It doesn’t really have any historical significance.

    Put her out of her misery and break her up for scrap


    you for got to add "in my opinion" as part of your post.




  • you for got to add "in my opinion" as part of your post.

    No I’m happy enough with it as it is, generally when people say something on a message board there’s an element of opinion implied.

    Great, she was the Aran islands ferry and fulfilled some other lovely jobs, but if we kept every relic of days gone by we would be inundated with dusty old trains, buses, cars and boats. If you preserve everything you lose the significance of those really worthy of preservation.

    In my opinion.




  • No I’m happy enough with it as it is, generally when people say something on a message board there’s an element of opinion implied.

    Great, she was the Aran islands ferry and fulfilled some other lovely jobs, but if we kept every relic of days gone by we would be inundated with dusty old trains, buses, cars and boats. If you preserve everything you lose the significance of those really worthy of preservation.

    In my opinion.




    who mentioned preserving everything?
    what has preserving everything which nobody has suggested got to do with this discussion?




  • Turn into a ghost ship




  • who mentioned preserving everything?
    what has preserving everything which nobody has suggested got to do with this discussion?

    By calling out my post as being opinion, I took it you had the opposite view that this was worth preserving. If you agree this is just a fairly meaningless shell corroding in GCD and should be broken up for scrap, then we’re all good here.




  • I have a certain affection towards it having been on it at Aran. It's the nostalgic notion it can be kept in some form so you can tell stories to your kids, grand kids in future years. We won't get that chance.

    If I had an endless pit of money, I'd buy it up, get it fitted out to it's original condition and stick it in my own personal transport museum!

    I think it'd be a nice tourist attraction, something like the SS Nomadic, lord out with photos and any possible videos but to have it over in Galway so tourists visiting the West could see it.




  • As one of the last hand built riveted boats she has some history of days gone bye I would prefer to see her restored than seeing money being spent on developing a 22million euro white water rafting park in George's dock https://www.rte.ie/news/regional/2019/1202/1096595-white-water-rafting-facility-dublin/ Thank God thats not going ahead :confused:




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  • No I’m happy enough with it as it is, generally when people say something on a message board there’s an element of opinion implied.

    Great, she was the Aran islands ferry and fulfilled some other lovely jobs, but if we kept every relic of days gone by we would be inundated with dusty old trains, buses, cars and boats. If you preserve everything you lose the significance of those really worthy of preservation.

    In my opinion.

    We are hardly "inundated" with all these masses of old things, don't exaggerate.

    Compared to uk, we are fairly useless at preserving anything. There are developing countries with a better record than we do.




  • Did you know that the Naomh Eanna was involved in the search for the KLM aircraft that crashed into the sea in 1958 100 miles off the Aran Islands, my Cousin was on board heading to Inishmore when the Naomh Eanna was tasked by Valentia to proceed to the search area, the Captain told the passengers on board they would not be stopping in Aran and headed 100 miles to the area, they spent three days there recovering wreckage no bodies they were picked up by a Canadian warship and a Fleet of Spanish Trawlers and taken to Galway, the warship anchored off Salthill and you coukd see a wing on the stern she was a big ship. My Cousin was wrecked when they finally got back to Galway they were sleeping on chairs and seats but it's just another part of her history.


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  • Storm 10 wrote: »
    Did you know that the Naomh Eanna was involved in the search for the KLM aircraft that crashed into the sea in 1958 100 miles off the Aran Islands

    More on that crash: https://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19580814-0




  • I would like to see the graving docks refurbished, I believe they are owned by Waterways Ireland, and surely it is Waterways Ireland to provide facilities develop the infrastructure - rather than sell of land for development.
    It would also emphsise the utility of the grand canal basin for boats, and not a water feature for apartments and a tower.

    I believe there was a suggestion that the graveing docks could be used to maintain the jeanie johnson




  • Waterways have a contest out for a design for a redevelopment of that entire land bank. The docks are unlikely to feature much in any proposals.




  • The only redesigning going on there at the moment is from a load of spray painters - sorry, artists - who are adorning the hoardings at the back of the graving docks.




  • Should be towed out and used for target practice.




  • Piehead wrote: »
    Should be towed out and used for target practice.

    We already have a target practice boat that washed up in Cork a few months ago.....

    I believe we're (Ireland) going to spend a few million to salvage/break her, whereas she could be just patched up (to ensure she floats), and towed 200 miles offshore and scuttled, or as you say, used as target practice by our Naval forces.

    Surely a barrage of 20mm & 76mm cannon fire just below the waterline would then finish her off when the lads get tired...




  • Heres the article associated with that video

    The Irish Times: Waterways Ireland plans to sell Grand Canal graving docks.
    https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/waterways-ireland-plans-to-sell-grand-canal-graving-docks-1.4484452?localLinksEnabled=false




  • I do hope that she is preserved. We are brutally bad at keeping our industrial heritage in this country. It seems to be private individuals and companies mainly rather than the state


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  • I do hope that she is preserved. We are brutally bad at keeping our industrial heritage in this country. It seems to be private individuals and companies mainly rather than the state



    A similar setup to this might be the answer where you dig a channel in to a coastal area and then infill where you are going to locate it and leave it there permanently, much cheaper to bring back to its former glory albeit with it never going in to the water again...


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