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Technical Details
75M 2006
Reg Number:
Built By:
Vickers (Ireland) Ltd
Riveted Steel
61' 6"
13' 1.5"
61 tons
4' 5"
Killaloe 1937
Bolinder E Type, 15 HP
Home Base:

Lough Ree

75M was built in 1937 and has the distinction of being the last canal boat built by Vickers. Tom Doyle worked on her as a greaser in 1939 at that time Jack Byrne from Tullamore was in charge with Dick Pender as driver and Paddy O'Brien from Ballycommon as deckhand. Jock Byrne from Tullamore also worked on her for a time. Johnny and Mick Donoghue and Anthony Kennedy were in 75M around 1948. She was tied up then for some time as her engine bed needed to be replaced.

When the canal closed down in December 1959, 75M was one of the 14 boats that were taken back for six months to bring Guinness to Limerick and help in the de-commissioning of the Company stations. For that last six months Jimmy Dean (Killaloe) was the Skipper, Anthony Kennedy (Allenwood/Ballina) was the Driver/Engineman.

She was purchased back in the 1960's from CIE by Mick Tully a farmer of Portrunny in Roscommon. Mick brought her to Lough Ree and used to start the Bolinder and take her for the odd trip around Lough Ree. Mick died in 2004 and his son now owns it.

75M is unique in that she is one of the two remaining unconverted boats still with Bolinder's in them, the other one being 45M.


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