Last November, I was in Portrane and spotted this anchor on display near the seafront. It was the first time that I had heard or read of the ship, Tayleur.
Over Christmas, I was in Liam Ruiseal’s bookshop. I spotted ‘The Sinking of RMS Tayleur’ by Gill Hoffs and it has been on my ‘To Buy’ list since.
Today, I read on twitter that 162 years ago today, the Tayleur ran aground.
These three associated dots of knowledge were more than enough to warrant connection in today’s blog.
A short history of the Tayleur
The raising of the Anchor
This anchor was unveiled on the 16th of May 1999 by Councillor Cathal Boland, Cathaoirleach Fingal County Council as a memorial to the 380 souls who lost their lives on the vessel, Tayleur, which sank off Lambay Island on the 21st January 1854.
Kindly donated to Donabate and Portrane Chamber of Commerce by:
Mr. John Finucane – Dive Leader and Project Organiser
Mr. Tom Durcan – Diver and Boat Skipper
Mr. John Alcock – Diver
Restoration sponsored by Donabate and Portrane Chamber of Commerce
Erected by Fingal County Council Parks Department