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The Doon Ore Boat


The sturdy bow of the vessel, carvel built, and tarred.
She may have been utilized for other duties late in her life, perhaps moving animals to the islands, but this vessel was built for a heavy and tough life.
She lies not far from the Clements mine pier, and the Lackavrea mine complex.
She is double skinned, with evidence of being fully lined and with a flat floorboards still in place.
Her stem post shows evidence of substantial rope wear, and there is no evidence of rigging of any sort.

Lough Corrib Chart Book
Lough Corrib - Doon Ore Boat
Lough Corrib - Doon Ore Boat
She lies deep down in the very dark waters of Doon at the far North end of the lake. Sonar picks out her frames easily, and shows that she was a beamy vessel, designed for work rather than speed.
She is approximately 8m long and 2.5m wide, a very substantial construction.
Lough Corrib Doon Ore Boat
Lough Corrib - Doon Ore Boat
The port bow of the vessel looming out of the darkness .

Mining was carried out in the area throughout the 1800s, and into the early 1900s, and it is likely that this vessel could be 100 - 200 years old now.

Lough Corrib - Doon Ore Boat
Lough Corrib - Doon Ore Boat
The stern section is quite deteriorated, with most of the planks rotting and crumbling away. There are still iron nails evident, and a few of the inner side cladding still in place.
Photos and Video are thanks to Dr Barry Malone