Charles Brinsley Sheridan - the ships

How wonderful that these photos capturing the Holyhead steamers at work have survived!  As I look at these I sense that CBS was to Dun Laoghaire in the 1930's and 40's what I was to the harbour in the 1980's and beyond. As he was allowed privileged access, so too was I and how grateful I am for it.

In particular, the photos of a German Type XXI (21) U-boat at Dun Laoghaire are of great interest. After the war a lot of U-boats were scuttled by the Royal Navy to prevent them falling into enemy hands again. One such operation of sinkings was carried out from Lisahally, Northern Ireland.



U-2518 surrendered on 9th May 1945 at Horten in Norway. She was taken to Lisahally on 7th June but there was granted a reprieve and was handed over by the British to the French. On passage from Lisahally to France she called in to Dun Laoghaire Harbour on 7th February 1946. The U-boat stayed for three days before continuing on to France where she arrived on 14th February.  Renamed Roland Morillot, she survived until broken up in 1969.

The Anglia alongside the Mail Pier at Holyhead. © Charles Brinsley Sheridan

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The Cambria at Dun Laoghaire. © Charles Brinsley Sheridan

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The Cambria at Dun Laoghaire. © Charles Brinsley Sheridan

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The Cambria at Dun Laoghaire. © Charles Brinsley Sheridan

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The Hibernia swinging on the end of the Carlisle Pier © Charles Brinsley Sheridan

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The Cambria arrives at Dun Laoghaire. © Charles Brinsley Sheridan

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The Slieve More. © Charles Brinsley Sheridan

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The Snowdon at Greenore. © Charles Brinsley Sheridan

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Arriving at Holyhead. © Charles Brinsley Sheridan

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The Hibernia underway to Dublin for repair. © Charles Brinsley Sheridan

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The Curraghmore. © Charles Brinsley Sheridan

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The Cambria leaves Dun Laoghaire in the teeth of a westerly gale. © Charles Brinsley Sheridan

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The Scotia and the Hibernia at Holyhead. © Charles Brinsley Sheridan

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The Hibernia leaking at Dun Laoghaire. © Charles Brinsley Sheridan

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A leaking Hibernia alongside at Dun Laoghaire. © Charles Brinsley Sheridan

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The Hibernia in war livery, seen from the Pavilion. © Charles Brinsley Sheridan

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The Hibernia, VE Day, June 1945. © Charles Brinsley Sheridan

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The Hibernia, VE Day, June 1945. © Charles Brinsley Sheridan

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The Admiralty Pier, Holyhead. © Charles Brinsley Sheridan

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The Slieve Donard at Greenore. © Charles Brinsley Sheridan

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The Princess Maud arrives at Dun Laoghaire. © Charles Brinsley Sheridan

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Carlisle Pier arrival in the Hibernia. © Charles Brinsley Sheridan

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The Carlisle Pier. © Charles Brinsley Sheridan

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Lightships at Dun Laoghaire. © Charles Brinsley Sheridan

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The Kish Buoy. © Charles Brinsley Sheridan

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