Welcome back after yet another bank holiday weekend. It is raining here in Ireland today which means that our summer is down in Australia somewhere so this lovely O'Dea shot is intended to cheer us all up! The "SS Jupiter" an ancient looking steam powered vessel moored at Ringsend in Dublin back in 1961. Given that James took this photograph in 1961 we can take it that the lovely old steam ship was on the way to the knackers yard?
Photographer: James P. O'Dea
Collection:James P. O'Dea
Date: 8 April 1961
NLI Ref.: ODEA 25/24
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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
Source: Flickr Commons
Paddle steamer built by Fairfield, Govan, Scotland, that entered service as Jupiter in 1937 between Greenock and the Kyles Of Bute. During WW2 she served as minesweeper HMS Scawfell, as well as an escort ship in the North Sea and attending the Normandy landings. Returned to commercial service in 1946. Withdrawn in 1957. Sold by the Caledonian Steam Packet in 1960 but never taken up, She was broken up at Dublin in 1961.
Flickr is sometimes amazing! Via https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/6412574703/ And a model and more information from the https://www.flickr.com/photos/scottishmaritimemuseum/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/scottishmaritimemuseum/4878427001/ 8 April 1961 was a Saturday ...
Looking at the warehouses on the quay, I think this is the Grand Canal Basin. The Lock gates are just in front of her.
A little more info on another photo of the model - www.flickr.com/photos/scottishmaritimemuseum/4878427013/ - "... "Scawfell" returned safely to the Clyde after the War, and after reconditioning her original name was restored. "Jupiter" resumed normal sailings on the Firth in 1946, and after being converted to oil burning in 1956-57, continued to sail on the Clyde until she was sold to a Belfast buyer in1960. ..."
No doubt Hammond Lane in Ringsend were the ones wielding the gas axe....
John A. Coffey
"Satillite dishes" look odd.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] They are ventilation intakes
The vessel behind her looks very like the Naomh Éanna.
Two seconds of video - youtu.be/l5IyU_Vsb6I?t=254
More information and photos of the ship in this same location (near some lock gates) - www.clydeships.co.uk/view.php?ref=6590#v As HMS Scawfell - www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205121455 Fascinating personal WW2 reminiscences from the wireless operator (no mention of catching German flies in the English Channel!) - www.bbc.co.uk/history/ww2peopleswar/stories/80/a3863180.s... [https://www.flickr.com/photos/544[email protected]/5044433353/]
https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Good spot. I was trying to figure out where this location could be,
National Library of Ireland on The Commons
https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia She looks so warlike in that photo above you would almost believe she was built for Naval duties. That really is a cracking story and captures the essence of those men and women who volunteered and served during the war!