Steam Barge ''Knocknagow'
Also known as
'The Little Knock' or
'The Little Tug'
Reproduced with acknowledgement to Brian J Goggin, Limerick, Ireland
Brian J Goggin from
Limerick in the mid-west of Ireland writes:
The River Suir
I have recently bought a boat called the 'Knocknagow', which I believe began
trading between Waterford and Carrick-on-Suir, on the River Suir in the
south-east of Ireland, in 1912.
It both carried goods itself and acted as a tug
for the un-powered lighters used on the estuary. Its beam is 12', but I
understand that a wooden fender extended this to 12' 6".
Draught is about 4' 6" and I understand the boat was originally
The boat was later used in the gravel trade on both the Suir and the Slaney,
with an excavator on the bow. In 1975 it was saved from the scrap yard, shortened
to 61' so that it would fit the Irish Grand Canal, re-plated and converted for
use as a private pleasure-boat.
Its superstructure and interior were remodelled several times
and it was fitted with two masts (which did not survive), a
hydraulic centreboard (which did) and a 36'-wide square sail. I have
now brought it to the River Shannon.
Built in Scotland?
I would like to trace
where the boat came from. I have been told that it was probably built around
I have found the word "SCOTLAND" in capitals, about
3/4 in. high on the stern, to the starboard of the centre line. There
word in front of it . It might be "LEITH".
Brian J Goggin, Limerick, Ireland: January 28, 2009
If you know where this
steam barge might have been built, please
e-mail me and I will pass on your message to the barge's owner,
Brian J Goggin.
The boat in the small
photograph below is another boat named 'Knocknagow'. It
is also known as 'Knocknagow I, despite being newer than
"Knocknagow II", the boat in the large image above, bought by
Brian J Goggin.
Carrick-on-Suir, Co Tipperary
Thank you to Michael
Kerwick who wrote:
"I am from Carrick-on-Suir, Co
Tipperary. In my childhood the Knocknagow barges were going
between Carrick and Waterford.
This page from the
Irish Waterways History web site includes a photograph of
Knocknagow, and an account of a journey down the middle Suir from
Carrick-on-Suir to Waterford.
site has more information about the town, including photos and a
The Knocknagow was sold in 1973 to a
family called Millers from Wexford. They cut it down to fit
Carrick-on-Suir, Co Tipperary, Ireland: August 17, 2010