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Source of Image, If not your own: A.R.Hogg collection
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Date photo was taken: not known
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BillH
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Sun, 28 June 20 17:24

My home town, as was, but do not recognise the background
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harry t.
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Mon, 29 June 20 02:22

morning Bill, that's all the info there is - "Londonderry excursion steamer".
Another in this collection is one named as the "Erne", pictured on the lakes, and again at Enniskillen, but no dates etc. In another forum much discussion and confusion over that name.

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BillH
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Mon, 29 June 20 05:27

Morning Harry,

I think this is the CYNTHIA having compared with other photos elsewhere. The paddlebox marking are a good match for images on Tyne Built website

She operated from Londonderry (1907 - 1928) among other things, ferrying emigrants to Moville Anchorage to join their ship

CYNTHIA iron paddle steamer
O.N. 99079. 246g. 107n. 153.4 x 21.4 x 10.3 feet.
C. D. 2-cyl. (23 & 46 x 36) 98hp engine manufactured by J. Stewart & Son Ltd., London.
1892: Completed by J. T. Eltringham, S. Shields for William Watkins, London. 1896: Sold to C. E. Pollard, S. Shields. 1897: Sold to H. Pollard, S. Shields. 1898: Sold to J. M. Smith, S. Shields. 1899: Sold to H. C. Jones, London. 1904: Sold to Hastings, St. Leonards & Eastbourne Steamship Company Ltd., (T. F. Maltby, manager), Hastings. 1907: Sold to the Moville Steamship Company, Moville. 2.1917 24.5.1917: Hired by the Admiralty as a minesweeper. 1927: Sold to Anchor Line Ltd., Glasgow. 1930: Sold to Stewart & Hewitt. 2.1933: Broke from her mooring in a storm at Dun Laoghaire and wrecked.

I now know where she was taken. The background is Waterside Duke Street area rather than City side of river. I would hazard a guess that she will have come off Abercorn Quay next to Craigavan Bridge and the long since demolished GNR station on Foyle Road / John Street junction

The square clock tower is the railway station and the large block building is the Bond warehouse. The area looks nothing like that now having been redeveloped with an express road built to link Dungiven Road with Craigavon Bridge bypassing the the Spencer Road bottleneck
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eddyw
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Mon, 29 June 20 09:18

Photo matches "Albatross" (1878; 149 grt) of Steel & McCaskill (later Steel & Bennie) Glasgow. She operated a regular summer service Derry-Moville with excursions to Greencastle and Portrush.
https://www.derrynow.com/resizer/420...3371.jpg--.jpg
"Cynthia" was generally similar but had much smaller diameter paddle wheels.
https://www.donegallive.ie/resizer/4...?1592136097000
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BillH
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Tue, 30 June 20 05:00

Good shout Eddy

ALBATROSS (1878 - 1911) iron paddle tug.
O.N. 78609. 139g. 72n. 141.0 x 19.1 x 7.7 feet.
Post 1887: 157g. 53n.
L.1-cyl. (40 x 54) by Hepple & Company, S.Shields. 60 HP
4.4.1878: Launched by John Softley & Company, South Shields, for John Steel and Kenneth McCaskill, Glasgow.
27.5.1878: Registered at Glasgow; Vessel No. 48 of 1878:
1887: Steel & Bennie incorporating the Glasgow & Greenock Shipping Company.
1887: Re-measured.
1903: Steel & Bennie Ltd, (David Bennie, manager).
1911: Sold for demolition.
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eddyw
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Tue, 30 June 20 11:39

Lough Foyle seems to have been well provided for in terms of local steamers. Apart from "Albatross" Steel and Bennie had the "Seagull" and the Moville Steamship Co,"Earl Of Dunraven, "Cynthia" and "Lady Clare. I suppose the 'bread and butter' trade was tendering liners calling off Moville bound for America with migrants, and filling in with local excursions in the summer.
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