SS Moyalla

28th July 2008, 17:44
Hello All,

I'm trying to do some research into the SS Moyalla which my Grandfather sailed on during the early forties.

I know that it belonged to the Limerick Steamship company and eventually was wrecked off the Galway coast after the second world war, but that's about all I can find.

Ideally I'd like to track down a photo of the ship if possible - does anyone have any suggestions for locating a photo?


Bruce Carson
28th July 2008, 18:14
From Michigan, a warm welcome to Ships Nostalgia, Tarbert.
She, I believe, was built in 1927 and measured 642GT.

There's a picture on the following site:

28th July 2008, 18:15
Hello Tarbert;

There is a pix of you ship at:

and details at:

Hope this helps
Cheers, Rory

K urgess
28th July 2008, 18:42
Welcome aboard from East Yorkshire, Tarbert.
I see the crew have found you some answers already as usual.
Find your way around the ship.
Enjoy the voyage.

28th July 2008, 19:14
Greetings Tarbert and welcome to SN. Bon voyage.

29th July 2008, 16:43
Great Stuff guys thanks for all your help.


30th July 2008, 00:40
Welcome aboard from the Philippines. Enjoy all this great site has to offer

angus macsween
31st July 2008, 12:59
Anyone have any information photos etc regarding steam herring drifter Pieces I believe was registered in Stornoway (SY).
Boiler and housing/wheelhouse is lying on a beach on the island of Scalpay,Harris.
The Pieces broke adrift from her moorings in Loch Seaforth I believe in the 1920's and sunk,and was purchased and raised by brothers John and Roderick Cunningham and had her converted to carry cargo,mainly coal to the Western Isles
Any info would be appreciated.


31st July 2008, 17:44
Welcome from Lancashire.

I hope you will enjoy the site.



17th February 2018, 14:55
I just recently was directed to the full details of the SS Moyalla by someone on the Ships Nostalgia site, who had realised that Moyalla was the correct spelling of the name of the ship which had helped in preventing the SS Camlough from wrecking on the Mull of Galloway in January of 1932. (The name had been mis-spelled in contemporary newspaper reports and subsequent documentation of the incident).

This gentleman put me onto a good website with details of the ship and also an excellent photo. It's a long reference to a specific page on, so if for some reason the link doesn't work, you could go to that site and search.

I subsequently did a bit more internet searching about this ship, and found that her salvage is part of an interesting footnote in Irish shipping history: the first occasion when SCUBA gear was used in a salvage operation.

It's a good story at:

I don't know if you are still receiving notifications from this forum ten years after your enquiry, but you might be interested in these two websites.

There are a few more photos to find online, and also a piece of artwork at the Museum in Greenwich:!csearch;searchTerm=Moyalla