Maritime History

John McCullagh October 25, 2010

Those who continue to harbour dreams of a glorious future for Newry Canal are grossly misguided, to say the least: for most of the 19 mile stretch from Newry to Portadown it is so silted up (I estimate an average 3 inches of water)…

John McCullagh March 17, 2007

It is more than two years since we listed, and gave details, of the more than thirty vessels sunk within the Carlingford Lough over the past century and a half, with great loss of life.

John McCullagh June 23, 2006

Considering the season of the year, the passage of the Hannah from Newry to Quebec up to the 27 April 1849 was as favourable as one could expect.    But the season was most unsuited to such a sailing.

John McCullagh June 20, 2006

The plight of the poor has always proved a fruitful opportunity for unprincipled entrepreneurs to line their own pockets. By the mid-nineteenth century records of Shipping Intelligence for British ports (including the Port of Newry) show dominance of imports from British North America –

John McCullagh June 18, 2006

Overall the record of ships departing Newry for New York reveals a remarkably low level of mortality in transit (twenty-three in all). It is all the more notable therefore, that the sailing of the Sarah Parker in January 1850 should have had such tragic results, with the death of eleven infants aged one and under.

John McCullagh June 17, 2006

The Irish famine, it hardly needs emphasising, had an enormous impact on the course of Irish history. Its ramifications impinged greatly not only on the demography of the country but also on its socioeconomic and cultural development.

John McCullagh November 14, 2005

Mr. Charles McCann, a well-known and respected Newry seaman, was one of eleven men drowned when a ship floundered after striking rocks.  The crew numbered forty-nine and eleven men are still missing.  The crew took to the boats and twenty-seven succeeded in getting to land.

John McCullagh January 25, 2005

We all recall from our school days, tales of cruel shore people luring  ships’ captains unto rocks with bright lights.  They were after the spoils of wrecks, and they cared not at all for the watery fate of sailors