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Brunswick Dockyard (Dublin)

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of Ringsend, Dublin

1841 'BRUNSWICK SHIP BUILDING YARD, DRAW-BRIDGE, GREAT BRUNSWICK STREET, DUBLIN. HENRY TEALL BEGS leave to inform the Merchants, Ship Owners, and Masters of Vessels, that he has taken the above Premises, lately occupied by the City of Dublin Steam Company, with the intention of ESTABLISHING SHIP BUILDING IN DUBLIN, on the same Terms as the Liverpool and Newcastle Ship Builders. H. TEALL has a large quantity of Deck Plank, which has been seasoning during the last Eight months, and Elm Timber, of all shapes and sizes. Repairs done with the greatest despatch , at Liverpool and Newcastle prices. March 22, 1841.' [1]

Note: The Henry Teall referred to here is the son of Henry Teall (Senior).

1841 'SHIP BUILDING. On Thursday, the 22nd instant, a fine new trade boat, built with iron ribs, according to the patent of William Watson, Esq., and belonging to the City of Dublin Steam company, also a new smack, 50 tons measurement, were launched from the Brunswick dock-yard, Ringsend Docks.'[2]

1847 Thom's Irish Almanac for 1847 lists Henry Teall, ship builder, Brunswick dockyard, Thorncastle Street.

1853 Exhibit described in the Official Catalogue of the Great Industrial Exhibition, Dublin, 1853, under Naval Apparatus, Models &c. Ordnance and Armour: No. 626: Teall, H. Ringsend, Dublin, Inv. and Des. — Rotary steam engine ; models of marine steam engine, yacht, life boat, a ship, a built mast and yard for large ships.

1857 'Sheriff's Sale. County of Dublin to wit. Samuel Dutch, Plaintiff, v. Henry Teal, Defendant. TO be SOLD by AUCTION, by virtue of her Majesty’s writ of Fi. Fa., in this cause; to the Sheriff of the County Dublin directed, at the Defendant's Workshop and Residence in said County, known as the BRUNSWICK YARD, RINGSEND, on THIS DAY (Monday), the 11th day of May, 1857, punctually at the Hour of Twelve o'Clock, all said Defendant's Goods and Chattels, the Wreck of a 70 ton Schooner, a quantity of old Timber, Water Casks, a Smith's Lathe; also the Household Furniture, consisting of Chairs, Tables, Presses, Bedsteads, and Bedding, &c., or a competent portion thereof, to satisfy the claim of said Plaintiff. Dated this 9th day of May, 1857. Hon. R. G. Talbot, High Sheriff. CHARLES C. FARRELL, Auctioneer, 16, Lower Ormond-quay, Dublin.'[3]

1859 Thom's Irish Almanac lists Scallan and Smith, ship builders, at Brunswick dockyard, Thorncastle Street.

1862 'LAUNCH.- THIS DAY (Monday), 17th March, 1862, at half-past Eleven o'Clock, from the Shipbuilding yard of Messrs. SMYTH and SCALLAN, BRUNSWICK DOCKYARD, RINGSEND - a first class CUTTER, 52 feet keel, 18 feet beam, 9 feet 6 inches deep, 64 feet over all, 75 tons, builders' measurement; fully equipped for trauling, will be launched; all in taut, ready for sea.'[4]

1862 'NOTICE. 26th of May, 1862 DISSOLUTION of PARTNERSHIP of JAMES SMYTH and MICHAEL SCALLAN, SHIPWRIGHTS and BUILDERS, RINGSEND. All debts due by the late Firm will be paid on application to either of the above-named persons, and any out-standing accounts due them will be received by same. The Business will be carried on at the same Concerns by MICHAEL SCALLAN in future, who will thankfully receive orders.'[5]

1863 ' NOTICE TO SHIPOWNERS, MASTERS, AND YACHTING GENTLEMEN.-The undersigned begs to inform his Friends and Patrons that he is not in Partnership with any other house in the Trade, having some time previously purchased the entire joint interest of his late partner, Mr. JAMES SMITH, Consisting of the large Building Yard and Premises fronting Ringsend, also fronting the River Liffey and River Dodder, with Patent Slip, Machinery, &c. He has been supplied with all the various tools and appliances required for Building and Repairing Vessels. The entire Premises are undergoing the necessary repairs, alterations, and improvements, so as to give facility and despatch; also, to complete work at a reasonable price. He has now in construction a 76 ton Cutter and a 12 ton Cutter, which will make the sixth vessel in a short space of time, and which, it will be admitted, were built from his draught of lines. With his own experience and competent hands employed, he is always ready to take on work on the shortest notice. Models, Draughts, and Plans of Yachts, Sailing and Fishing Vessels, as agreed upon. Vacancies for a few Apprentices. MICHAEL SCALLAN, Shipwright and Builder.' [6]

Location

The precise location of the dockyard has yet to be identified. Teall's 1841 address, at the Draw-Bridge, Great Brunswick Street (now Pearse Street), might suggest that the yard was on the Grand Canal Dock. However, the later address is Thorncastle Street. This runs parallel to the River Dodder, at right angles and close to the River Liffey. The ground between the river and the street was home to a number of industrial premises and slipways. The narrow width of the River Dodder greatly constrained the length of boats which could be launched.

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Sources of Information

  1. Freeman's Journal, 29th March 1841
  2. Freeman's Journal, 24th July 1841
  3. Freeman's Journal, 11th May 1857
  4. Freeman's Journal, Monday 17th March 1862
  5. Freeman's Journal, 27th May 1862
  6. Freeman's Journal, 4th April 1863