Maritime Museum in Balbriggan, New Display Opens in The Tourist Office

February 11, 2013 0

Balbriggan Tourist Office on Quay Street is the place to go to touch a piece of Balbriggan’s maritime history. Four 28-pound cast iron cannon balls over 200 years old, are the latest artifacts being displayed by the Balbriggan Maritime Museum Committee in the local Tourist Office on Quay Street.

Cannon balls display in Balbriggan Tourist Office with Maritime Museum committee. members John Daly (Fisherman) Johnny Woodlock (Treasurer), Trevor Sargent (Chairperson)

Cannon balls display in Balbriggan Tourist Office with Maritime Museum committee. members John Daly (Fisherman) Johnny Woodlock (Treasurer), Trevor Sargent (Chairperson)

‘We have gathered so many artifacts from whale bones to Napoleonic cannon balls. We need a permanent museum to display the full range of Fingal’s rich maritime heritage. Meanwhile, we are grateful to Balbriggan Tourist Office for the use of part of their premises in Quay Street to give the public a sample of the wealth of historic items which are currently in cold storage’, said Trevor Sargent, Chairperson of Balbriggan Maritime Museum.

Fisherman, John Daly, described how the cannon balls were found. ‘Trawlers going to sea from time to time catch more than fish. The four cannonballs on display were brought up in a razor shellfish dredge off the coast. The fact that they were all lying within a quarter of a mile square on the seabed may be significant. Is it possible that they were fired from a Martello Tower as these cannon balls were too heavy for most warships in service in the early 19th century? We know that no Martello Tower in Ireland (built 1805) ever fired its cannon in anger. However, could these cannon ball discoveries have resulted from the testing of the Martello Tower mounted guns in anticipation of a French invasion?’

Johnny Woodlock who is the Treasurer of the Maritime Museum Committee and a Marine Conservationist said ‘We urge everybody to visit the latest historic display in the Balbriggan Tourist Office on Quay Street beside Molly’s Tea Shop. Please leave a comment in the visitor book also. The more public support which we can refer to in the comments people leave, the stronger will be our case in establishing a proper Maritime Museum to benefit tourism and the public in general’.

Eolas / Information: Frank Duffy, Hon. Sec., Balbriggan Maritime Museum: 083 114 65 31